EastEnders' Freddie Slater to go missing after arrival

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The following article contains discussion of sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.

EastEnders spoilers follow.

Freddie Slater will go missing shortly after his arrival in EastEnders.

New cast member Bobby Brazier takes over as Freddie for an emotional storyline that kicks off next week when the 18-year-old secretly returns to Walford.

Freddie causes a stir by stealing from relative Stacey Slater's food truck, then introduces himself to Billy Mitchell as his son.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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In reality, Freddie's mum Little Mo Slater had Freddie after being sexually assaulted by Graham Foster in 2003.

Freddie's return will send shockwaves through the Slater and Mitchell families in upcoming scenes, as Honey Mitchell angrily demands Billy tell Little Mo her son has shown up in Albert Square.

Honey believes it's only right for Billy to tell Freddie the truth about his father, yet Billy remains conflicted. The Slaters are in the middle of planning Kat's hen do when they have to adjust to Freddie's sudden arrival.

Stacey tries to show the lad support by promising his mum will have the answers he needs, yet she is later shocked to discover that Freddie has done a runner.

New cast addition Bobby Brazier recently opened up about the support he's received from the EastEnders cast and crew since joining the series.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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"I could talk about it all day! Everyone, from the scriptwriters, to [executive producer] Chris Clenshaw, the caterers and all the cast. There are a lot of people who have made me feel so welcome so quickly," he told Digital Spy and other media.

"I feel really lucky. Very early on, I slid into a place of calmness and because of that, I feel like it will translate on screen. I don't want to look stupid on screen, like I don't know what I'm doing. But everyone around me is making me so comfortable."

EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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