BBC EastEnders legend 'to be killed off' as 'gutted' fans say 'end of an era'

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EastEnders enthusiasts are bracing themselves for the possibility of a tragic exit for the show's stalwart Phil Mitchell. Steve McFadden has been portraying the iconic character since his first appearance in 1990, and over the years, Phil has been central to some of the most memorable plots on the BBC series.

As Peggy Mitchell's (Barbara Windsor) son and sibling to Grant (Ross Kemp) and Sam Mitchell (Danniella Westbrook), Phil has become an integral part of the EastEnders family. Notorious for his numerous love affairs with the residents of Albert Square in the fictitious borough of Walford, Phil's romantic endeavours have been a constant source of drama.

Recently in Walford, Phil has been at the heart of high-stakes drama. He discovered last year that he was the biological father of Sharon Watts' baby, Albie, and his romance with another soap icon, Kat Slater, came to an abrupt end after his affair with Emma Harding was exposed, reports the Daily Star.

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Following the revelation, a heartbroken Kat moved out with their children. Now, there's a growing concern among viewers that Phil might be written out of the show, a prospect that is causing considerable unrest among the fanbase.

A Reddit user expressed their anxiety about the future of the show without Steve McFadden, commenting: "How will EastEnders fare once Steve McFadden finally calls it a day in the show?" In response, another fan shared their sentiment: "I'll be gutted when that happens. I'll still watch, but I will miss Phil. He is a legend."

Another fan expressed their sentiment, saying: "When Phil Mitchell leaves I'll probably take that as a sign to stop watching to be honest. Not because I particularly love the character, just that it'll be the end of an era and unlikely to get any better after the Mitchell years end." On another platform, a viewer speculated about Phil's fate aligning with a significant milestone for the soap, commenting: "I feel like we are heading towards the end of Phil Mitchell." For the latest TV & Showbiz news, sign up to our newsletter.