EASTENDERS UPDATE Richard Blackwood and Danny Dyer

OUT:   Mick Carter ( DANNY DYER ) has been taken off the list of suspects in the murder of Lucy Beale

This week, after what seems like an eternity, EastEnders is finally going to reveal who killed Lucy Beale. According to the BBC website, there are currently 14 suspects, all of whom have their own nefarious motives.

Fortunately, since the poor lamb’s already been through enough, Danny Dyer’s Mick Carter has not made the list.

IN:   RICHARD BLACKWOOD will make his EASTENDERS debut in the soap’s first 30th anniversary  live show tonight ( TUESDAY)

And the casting marks a remarkable comeback for the rapper, singer and TV host since a bout of depression led him to the brink of suicide.

His crisis point came in 2003, soon after he was forced to file for bankruptcy after squandering the millions from his music and TV career on fast cars and fake friends.

“When I was made bankrupt it was hard because I was one of the first young guys from the MTV era to be deemed to have it all and then to lose it all.

“I was depressed, I was suicidal. It was very real for me back then.”

Before his life came to a crashing halt Richard had been riding high with a string of top 40 hits, The Richard Blackwood Show on Channel 4 and a deal with MTV. He was even signed to Fox in America and turned down Will Smith’s offer of management.

He said: “I had lots of hangers-on at the height of my fame. I was young and had all this money, and just thought it would never stop. I was buying things I didn’t need — cars, gifts for people, they weren’t cheap.

“It was a rollercoaster that had to hit a wall at some point because it was too much for any young guy — too much too soon.”

He said: “I’m connected to a lot more people than you think. It says I’m a villain but he is much more than that. He’s got too many layers.

“Yes, he’s got a dark side to him, which is great for the show and me as an actor, but he is still a human being.

“When you think of dark characters in real life, you only see that side when you need to see that side. They don’t walk around starting trouble everywhere, otherwise they would be locked up.

“He is your best friend and your worst enemy.”

How Long before he and Mick clash?

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