Derek Branning to be killed off?

Derek Branning is rumoured to be leaving EastEnders over the festive period, with the Daily Star reporting that his dark past could finally catch up with him.

Eldest Branning sibling Derek, played by Jamie Foreman, arrived in the soap last November and very quickly made his presence felt around Walford.

Foreman the son of real-life former gangster Freddie Foreman is said to have wanted Derek to become one of the most notorious soap villains, before leaving the show on a high.

Last week he was spotted filming on location with a gang of thugs chasing his character.

A source revealed: “Everyone working on the show is confident viewers will be on the edge of their seats once again over the festive period.

“The Branning family are going to be huge this Christmas, apart from Derek’s dramatic ­departure there’s the matter of one of the Branning brothers being ­revealed as Kat Moon’s secret lover. We will also see the return of Derek’s sister Carol Jackson, daughter Bianca Butcher and her kids for the ­nuptials.”

Lauren’s relationship with her cousin Joey and the truth behind Max’s secret payments to a mystery recipient will also be revealed over the coming months.

When asked about the reports regarding Foreman’s departure, an EastEnders spokesperson said: ”We don’t want to comment and spoil it for the viewers.”

Comments

Anonymous said…
NO!
I know he's not the most popular of characters but I've loved him from the beginning, well maybe not 'loved' but I think he's been really good, how typical of E.E.
Hope the actor is leaving b/c he wants to.
Anonymous said…
I don't like this character but I cannot see them killing him off..maybe a good $hit kicking is in order but he's popular so the producers would really shoot themselves in the foot if they did away with him. He's the bad guy you love to hate...IMO
Anonymous said…
So many viewers make fun of the old-style gangster portrayal but i like to think of him as proper East end type, polite and charming to the ladies, with a deadly side to those who dare cross him. I think EE can do so much more with his character than they've done so far. Please don't kill him off.
Anonymous said…
Sooooo....Derek Branning IS to be killed off; and why would that be?And here was I,so hoping he'd come back after taking a break.
Eastenders closes it's eyes and wildly wields the axe once again, pity innit.
Anonymous said…
apparently joey and Lauren find out the half brother and sister!!
Anonymous said…
That's no reason to kill Derek off though, unless it's Joey who does him in, or Max, or Tanya, or Lauren or Cora or Alice, or.......?
Anonymous said…
AT LAST! THANK GOODNESS I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SINCE HE JOINED E.E. IN FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER EPISODE HE HAD QUITE A LONG SOLO PART, I HAD TO LOOK AWAY BECAUSE I CANNOT STAND HIM.
ROLL ON CHRISTMAS!!!

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