EastEnders star shares filming secrets from flashforward scene as she drops hint to killer's identity

EastEnders star Kellie Bright has dropped hints on who the killer is in this year’s Christmas special, following the flashforward scene on Monday.

In a first for the BBC soap, a scene flashing forward to the 2023 Christmas episode showed Bright’s character Linda Carter, Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), Denise Fox (Diane Parish), Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), and Suki Kaur Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) surrounding a dead body in the Queen Vic.

The identity of the victim and the killer was not revealed in the clip.

Bright, 46, gave insight into what it was like filming the flashforward scene on This Morning on Tuesday.

The soap actress said on the show: “When we filmed that flash forward, we weren’t told very much at all. One of the things you can’t really see is that I had a split lip and I don’t know why or how I ended up with it.”

Bright also revealed behind-the-scenes secrets: "We had a stand in, a body double if you’d like. It wasn’t the person. When we filmed it, they actually made Tish [Letitia Dean] do it two ways so we had a ‘he’s dead’ and a ‘she’s dead’.

"Watching it last night was the first time I really knew all about it. You can imagine, we’ve all gone around the houses on who it could be. I think there’s going to be lots of red herrings, and that’s what is so clever about this."

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw has since outlined each character’s motives in the flash forward scene.

Kellie Bright’s character Linda Carter appeared in a flashforward scene which aired Monday (EastEnders/YouTube)
Kellie Bright’s character Linda Carter appeared in a flashforward scene which aired Monday (EastEnders/YouTube)

He shared: “Linda’s world has been thrown upside down by seeing a photo of Shirley with Dean, but she’s forced to focus on who her new business partner will be or face losing her home.

“Both Sharon and Nish are hoping to get the keys to the castle, but her knight in shining armour may not be who you think.

"Suki’s struggling in her marriage with Nish and is desperately trying to convince herself that she doesn’t have feelings for Eve. As the year progresses, Suki will uncover truths, have her relationships tested but her biggest secret could push her to the extreme."

The EastEnders boss teased: “Kathy’s planning to tie the knot with Rocky but we know with Rocky he has a past so just what will catch up with him.

“Stacey is dealing with the rising cost of living, but also struggling to keep her pregnant daughter out of harm’s way. This year Stacey finds herself doing something she’s never done before in an effort to protect her family and unborn grandchild.”

Clenshaw added: “Sharon newly single. However, as we know, Sharon’s wearing a wedding dress at Christmas, so watch out for many twists, turns, and plenty of heartbreak along the way."