EastEnder Derek Branning ‘to be killed off’ – Daily TV round-up

‘EastEnders’ bad boy Derek Branning is to be killed off at Christmas, according to reports.

The Ender him: Derek Branning is reportedly being killed off (Credit: BBC)

Members of the 'EastEnders' cast were snapped while filming Derek's funeral at a churchyard this week, among them brother Jack (Scott Maslen) and Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd).

It's thought that Branning's exit from the series will mark the climax of an 'explosive' storyline for the London soap.

Derek, played by Jamie Foreman, has been a relatively new addition to the cast, only joining the series in November 2011.

He was portrayed briefly in 1996 by actor Terence Beesley.

A source told The Sun that 'Derek has been a huge force in the Square since he joined and has had some fantastic storylines but his exit will be his best storyline yet'.

“It’s being kept tightly under wraps because bosses want to surprise fans on Christmas Day,” they added.

Foreman, who plays the east end hardman, is the son of Freddie Foreman, a real-life east end hardman who was known as 'Brown Bread Fred', an associate of the Kray twins. [The Sun]

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