EastEnders cast have filmed a top secret funeral for mystery character

Who dies?

The cast and crew of EastEnders have been spotted filming a funeral on location in Hertfordshire, meaning a big character is about to be killed off. But who?

As we already know, a character has been confirmed to die over the festive period and cast members including Jake Wood and Scott Maslen (Max and Jack Branning) were seen filming the scenes in a church in Hertfordshire – according to the Daily Star Sunday.

Jack and Max Branning were in attendance (Credit: BBC)

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The character in question dies in a ‘tragic accident’ that will leave the audience shocked.

EE boss John Yorke told the paper: “We have some very big shocks and surprises that will make the audience gasp in traditional EastEnders style.”

To keep the death super secret, it’s also reported that the ‘dead’ character attended the funeral to keep viewers guessing who dies right up until the last minute.

Characters in the frame to be killed off include Max’s daughters, Lauren and Abi Branning, as actresses Jacqueline Jossa and Lorna Fitzgerald have been written out of the BBC One soap.

Lauren and Abi are both leaving Walford (Credit: BBC)

It’s also confirmed that Harry Reid will be bowing out of role as Ben Mitchell in the near future.

Last week it was revealed that Johnny Carter would be saying goodbye to Walford again as Ted Reilly announced his departure.

And evil property mogul James Willmott-Brown could also be leaving in a casket as he’s revealed he’s dying from liver cancer.

Although we’re not sure Max would be at his funeral after the way JWB stitched him up.

EastEnders' Ben Mitchell attacks James Willmott-Brown
Ben and Willmott-Brown could both be about to meet their maker (Credit: BBC)

According to the paper, the funeral was shot over two days and will air in the New Year.

John added: “When I arrived at the end of June, we had to weeks to work out which stories were going to be in our Christmas stocking this year, so I took a long hard look at what was on the table.

“There were a lot of existing stories that lent themselves to significant endings but one story in particular was crying out for the epic EastEnders treatment.

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“I was head of the Department of Continuing Drama 12 years ago when the Brannings came in, so the temptation to bring that story to a full shattering Greek tragedy ending was hard to resist.”

EastEnders airs tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One