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Monday 16th September 2019

EastEnders boss reveals plans for new bisexual character

The show has had a huge push for diversity over the last 18 months

An EastEnders chief has revealed plans for a new bisexual character in Walford.

Story editor Ben Wadey teased the newcomer on Twitter after praising the reaction to the soap's increased push towards diversity.

He tweeted: "Been great to see all the positive reaction to LGBTQ+ representation on EastEnders recently, and excited for us to have a new B in the show soon."

Fans were delighted by the news and flocked to thank Ben for telling them what was coming.

One said: "FINALLY! That's great news! #EastEnders #Bisexual #BisexualsDeserveRepresentation"

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Another said: "Thank you so much for showing the importance of the LGBTQ+ ❤️, it really shows that Eastenders is a very respectful soap 💞xx"

A third said: "Here we go, more teasing😂😂😂 Not sure I can take anymore. But when you tease its for a good reason, it's always worth watching."

The show was dogged for years about its LGBT representation with only two characters on the show - Sonia and Tina - shown to be part of the community.

EastEnders had its first on air pride festival (Credit: BBC)

However they were both shown to sleep with men rather than women leading to claims of gay-washing from viewers.

But since Kate Oates has taken over she has rapidly increased diversity on the show.

Now there are Ben Mitchell, Callum Highway, Iqra Ahmed and her girlfriend Ash and Bernie Taylor all representing the community.

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There have also been strides to introduce more ethnic diversity into the show with a mixed race family, more black characters, more Muslim characters and a new Sikh family arriving soon.

The Panesars will be made up of three brothers, Kheerat, Jags and Vinny, who will cause quite a stir when they arrive in the autumn and are said to be charming, but a forced to be reckoned with.

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