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EastEnders: Mick Carter to be played by James Roberts for childhood scenes in abuse storyline

The young actor will feature on the soap on New Year's Eve

EastEnders favourite Mick Carter will be played by actor James Roberts in the show’s upcoming New Year’s Eve episode.

Danny Dyer’s much-loved character will contemplate suicide after revisiting his horrific childhood in flashback scenes.

But as the BBC One soap gives insight into Mick’s childhood, James will be introduced to viewers.

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James, who attends Trinity School, will play 12-year-old Mick in care.

The actor’s mother is a double in the BBC soap.

She told James’ school: “It’s been amazing to see all the various sets of EastEnders – including the outside Square itself plus all the internal shots which are filmed in the studios.

“He met Danny Dyer, who was very friendly and had a ‘tea break’, sitting in the Queen Vic which was fun!”

James Roberts will play Mick Carter on EastEnders (Credit: BBC)

What’s the latest with Mick Carter?

Viewers have seen Mick become increasingly despondent over the last few months, with his panic attacks, emotional difficulties and mental health suffering as a result of his non-recent sexual abuse.

But things have got worse for Mick since his abuser, Katy Lewis, arrived in Walford.

Since arriving in the Square, Katy has been convincing him that she was no more than a friend and care worker to him.

Struggling to come to terms with the truth, Mick has alienated his family and continued to bury his past problems.

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Mick will contemplate suicide on New Year’s Eve (Credit: BBC)

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What happens on New Year’s Eve?

In the New Year’s Eve episode things spiral further for Mick as he contemplates taking his own life.

EastEnders boss Jon Sen and the soap team are working with Samaritans to create a story that will try to show to viewers that suicide is not inevitable.

Jon said: “We have worked closely with the NSPCC and Survivors UK since the inception of this story and as viewers watch Mick struggle to come to terms with the truth of what happened to him as a child.”

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One.

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