EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has said he thinks any one of around seven cast members could be unmasked as his on-screen daughter Lucy's murderer in the soap’s latest storyline.
Lucy's body will be discovered in tomorrow night's episode.
Then viewers will see Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, break down when the body of Lucy (Hetti Bywater) is discovered – sparking a murder hunt that will run into next year.
He said: “I’ve got motives for about seven members of the cast, I mean plausible motives.”
Woodyatt said he had changed his mind a few times after initially suspecting Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa), her sister Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald) and their father Max (Jake Wood), who has been having an affair with the dead girl.
He said: “I know who it isn’t. It can’t be Rudolph (Walker, who plays Patrick Trueman). He was on holiday.”
Show bosses are censoring scripts to keep the cast in the dark and Ben Hardy, who plays Lucy’s brother Peter, said his theory is that “more than one person” was involved.
He said: “I’d be excited to play it but I don’t think Peter has got enough motive. I don’t think it would fit the character.”
Laurie Brett, who plays Ian’s ex-wife Jane, said she is “an outside shot”.
She said: “I’ve stopped trying to guess because it’s one of those things you could start to tie yourself in knots with and I’m just so confident that I’m going to have the ‘Oh my god’ moment that I’ve actually just stopped trying to work it out.”
Jossa, who said her character “doesn’t really have a reason” to kill Lucy, admitted she would enjoy playing the killer.
She said: “I kind of wanted it to be me because I think it would be cool but I kind of don’t think it is now so I’m a bit gutted.”
She also hinted that her character will get closer to Peter in aftermath of the murder of her best friend and his sister.
Woodyatt said the show’s producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, sold the idea of the murder, and subsequent investigation, to him by comparing it to recent hit crime dramas.
He said: “He literally just said one word to me and sold it to me and that word was ‘Broadchurch’.”