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EastEnders Linda Carter WON’T die in 35th anniversary drowning hints Kellie Bright – but she will ‘get wet’

EASTENDERS' Linda Carter won't die in the tragic 35th anniversary drowning episode, actress Kellie Bright has hinted.

Landlady Linda is battling alcoholism in the Square, with her reliance on the bottle ripping her family apart.

And while it looks like Linda will end up in the Thames after something goes wrong aboard a party boat, she won't be the one who perishes.

Speaking on today's This Morning Kellie said: "It's the most epic week I've been involved in on the show.

"I can tell you it centres around a party on a boat on the Thames, and I get wet."

When Phil suggested it won't be Linda who dies because she's still talking about the show, Kellie coyly smiled and half-heartedly said: "It might be."

Kellie has been committed to making her portrayal of an alcoholic as realistic as possible.

She explained: "I was terrified as well as excited by the storyline. It's so hard to play drunk well. It's exposing, you feel vulnerable. It's like running around with no clothes on in a way.

"I did some research. I went to my caravan in Cornwall and drank quite a lot and filmed myself doing my lines.

"What was amazing about that is you could see the alcohol hit me in waves. I'd repeat myself.

"It was fascinating and a really helpful exercise."

Last month The Sun exclusively revealed a major character will be killed off in the special episode.

Someone will drown in the Thames after falling from a party boat.

Queen Vic landlords Mick and Linda throw the bash after winning a contest.

Those thought to be at risk include Mick, played by Danny Dyer, and veterans Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean).

A source on the BBC soap, which features the London river in its credits, said: “Where better place for a major death than on the Thames itself, which is so central to the show?

“Trouble has been brewing in Walford for a while, and they decided it was the perfect occasion to see off a big name.

“It’s thought that as part of the dramatic scenes Sharon will give birth on the boat, but she is just one of many who could see themselves go overboard to an icy, watery death.”

Others guests include Ian’s sons Peter, played by new actor Dayle Hudson, and Bobby (Clay Milner Russell).

The week’s episodes, which will air in the third week of February, will focus on 24 hours as the guests board the ferry and begin to celebrate.

Beeb bosses have also promised drama back in Albert Square while half of the neighbourhood are away celebrating.

Producer Jon Sen said: “We wanted to entertain the audience on the iconic river which has heralded the start of the show for 35 years."

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