EastEnders icon Steve McFadden lands new job away from Phil Mitchell role

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Phil Mitchell has been part of EastEnders since 1990 but is set to take a break away from the soap for a new role.

It’s not yet known if this will be a permanent departure but he’ll certainly be absent for some time.

Actor Steve McFadden will be taking to the stage in a pantomime production of Jack and the Beanstalk at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre.

With Steve’s absence taking place over the festive period, it could be a hint he is the man who is killed at Christmas.

Earlier this year EastEnders broadcast a flash forward which saw several of Walford’s women standing around a dead man’s body.

The identity of the man has not been revealed and fans have been guessing for months.

However with Steve’s upcoming exit, what bigger clue could there be that Phil is the one who is killed.

It would certainly make sense as Sharon Watts (played by Letitia Dean) is the one checking for a pulse.

She’s also in a wedding dress so it could be Phil has tried to ruin her wedding day to Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters).

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But before fans jump to any conclusions, it could be Steve will balance his pantomime role with playing Phil.

The news comes after EastEnders executive producer Chris Clenshaw hinted newcomers the Knight family could be involved in the Christmas Day death.

He teased: “I think that it is very clear they’ve [The Knights] got a couple of bags, but actually, they come with a lot of baggage.

“They’re at the heart of the Square so they have a lot of interactions with most of the community.”

Chris added: “The community have just lost Lola and so the family are thrust into their world going through that process.

“George very quickly, because he’s a former boxer from the East End, strikes up a good friendship with Phil who already knows him.

“It’s very interesting territory, people will be wondering if George and Phil are going to be enemies, and whether they’re going to fit in with the rest of the community.”

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One at 7.30pm.

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