Former EastEnders actor Sam Strike has spoken out after the BBC revealed that his previously character Johnny Carter is set to be played by another actor.
It was confirmed yesterday that Johnny will return later this year however a new actor will be playing the Carter son.Sam was last seen playing Johnny in December 2014 and has previously said since his departure that he didn’t feel that his character was ‘necessary’ to the show, stating a lack of scenes as one of the reasons he left.
He won acclaim for scenes which saw Johnny come out to father Mick, also which helped EastEnders win the Media Recognition prize at the 2014 Attitude Awards.
However, he added back then that he would ‘never say never’ to returning, saying that he was ‘grateful’ to be told that the role wouldn’t be re-cast ‘any time soon.’
Strike, who is set to play Leatherface in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel, has now spoke out about moving on from the character, stating: ‘I lived with him 6 days a week over the course of a year, fighting often for what I felt was a correct portrayal, and I’m sure Dom will make sure the next actor to portray him will do the character justice.’
He added: ‘I hope they find lots for Johnny to do and give him lots of stories, and the new actor can have the adventure with Johnny that I would’ve liked to have before he became stale.
I think it’s a great thing and that the character needs a facelift – and I wish whoever lands it the best of luck.’
Since leaving the show, he has had a guest role in Silent Witness and filmed scenes for crime film Bonded By Blood 2.