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Wednesday 19th June 2019

EastEnders fans despair as BBC soap recasts Bobby Beale

Who is it THIS time?

Fans of EastEnders voiced their frustration last night, as yet another character returned with a different face.

Bobby Beale returned to Walford on Thursday (June 13), with new actor Clay Milner Russell playing the role.

But viewers were fed up, complaining about the fact he's the FIFTH star to portray Ian's killer son.

Clay Milner Russell as Bobby Beale (Credit: BBC)

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The youngster made a surprise return to screens to meet up with grandma Kathy Beale, after being released from a young offender's institution.

We last saw the schoolboy in October 2017, when he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for unlawfully killing sister Lucy and for grievous bodily harm with intent on mum Jane.

Luckily, Kathy said "Hello Bobby" to inform confused viewers that this was her grandson.

"Hello Bobby" (Credit: BBC)

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And fans expressed their disbelief, with one saying: "Another recast? Really?? Eliot Carrington is inextricably linked with the Bobby who killed Lucy.

Another recast? Really?? Eliot Carrington is inextricably linked with the Bobby who killed Lucy.

"As with the recent change to Ben Mitchell, the effect of referring back to previous events is diminished, as it's difficult to reconcile new faces to the inevitable conversations."

Another fumed: "Ridiculous. Another new face, just like Ben."

A third said: "Oh no, not another character swap."

"First Ben Mitchell's changed without great Harry Reid, now this fella?!" asked another, while one more demanded: "Stop! Changing characters."

Some saw the funny side, however, and compared the Beales to Time Lord Doctor Who - able to regenerate whenever they please.

Bobby was originally played by Kevin Curran from 2003, before Alex Curran took over in 2007. He was replaced by Rory Stroud in 2013.

Eliot Carrington took over the role in 2014, and he's now played by Clay.

Eliot Carrington was the last actor to portray Bobby Beale (Credit: BBC)

Prior to Clay's appearance on the BBC1 soap, EastEnders' executive producer Jon Sen said: "Clay's an exciting new talent with a charisma and an intensity that injects a new energy into the fascinating character of Bobby Beale.

"We can't wait for audiences to see Bobby return home and the impact his arrival will have on the Square."

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