EastEnders to air Katy Lewis's first scenes on Friday

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EastEnders has confirmed that Katy Lewis will make her first appearance in Friday night's episode (November 6).

Show bosses have cast former Bad Girls actress Simone Lahbib in the role of Katy – the social worker who sexually abused Mick Carter when he was a child.

In Friday night's scenes, Mick (Danny Dyer) is shocked when Katy arrives unexpectedly on Albert Square.

This comes shortly after Mick has had an emotional conversation with his mum Shirley (Linda Henry) after their tensions in the past few weeks.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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How will Mick react when faced with this ghost from his past?

EastEnders launched this story last month when the show revealed that Mick was abused by Katy when he was in care at the age of 12.

Show bosses have been working closely with the NSPCC and SurvivorsUK charities since the inception of the storyline.

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Photo credit: BBC

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EastEnders' executive producer Jon Sen recently commented: "Viewers have always been aware that Mick spent many years in care, which has been the cause of his fractured relationship with Shirley, but now the audience will discover just why Mick's childhood has been so traumatic.

"This storyline will see Mick having to confront the demons of his past, something he has desperately tried to avoid for many years and face up to the realisation that he experienced abuse whilst he was in care.

"Our work with SurvivorsUK and NSPCC has been vital in informing and grounding Mick's story very much in reality. We hope this storyline will help to challenge the perceptions, the stigma and the shame – particularly experienced by male survivors."

EastEnders airs tonight at 8.05pm on BBC One.

Readers who are affected by the issues raised by this storyline can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or by email via help@nspcc.org.uk.

Young people can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or via 1-2-1 chat on www.childline.org.uk

The SurvivorsUK National Online Helpline for Male Survivors can be reached from 12pm – 8pm every day via http://survivorsuk.org, by text (020 3322 1860) and by email (help@survivorsuk.org).

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