As reported last week, the role of Johnny Carter was to be recast, a year after Sam Strike (who played Johnny from 2013-2014) departed. It was further announced that Ted Reilly is set to play Johnny when the character returns to EastEnders later this year. I discuss the recast and what Johnny's return means for EastEnders here.
Today, EastEnders have released the first photos of Ted Reilly in character as Johnny Carter.
As you can see, the resemblance is uncanny. When soaps re-cast, the replacement tends to look nothing like the original actor. This is not the case, as Reilly bares a Strike-ing (sorry, I had to) resemblance to Sam Strike. I myself was totally against recasting the character, but credit to the producers, as I have totally changed my mind. I think Reilly will make a great Johnny Carter. On his upcoming role, Reilly said "I'm truly delighted to be joining such an iconic show. The Carters are a fantastic family and I can't wait to get started!" EastEnders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added: "Johnny is a key member of the Carter family and he's been missing over the past year and a half, when so much has happened to the Carters. As the family embark on their next big storyline to take them through 2016, it felt wrong not to have Johnny back to play a big part in that - and learn everything that has happened while he has been away."
After his arrival in 2013, Johnny quickly became a fan favourite and went on to have several interesting storylines. Sam Strike left the role after only a year to pursue a career in Hollywood. Interestingly, Strike has already landed the lead role in Leatherface, which is due out this year.
Johnny's return was an eventuality considering he was such as strong character. However saddened I am by Strike not returning, I am looking forward to seeing Johnny return and hopefully he will be involved in some great storylines.
johnny will be returning to the Square later this year.
Sam Strike will star in Leatherface which is due out later this year, as well as Bonded by Blood 2 which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 21 March 2016.
If you are interested in my thoughts on Johnny Carter's return, click here.