EastEnders has brought back back baby-faced killer Bobby Beale in a shock twist.
The schoolboy made a surprise return to screens tonight to meet up with grandma Kathy Beale.
Bobby was last seen on-screen in October 2017 after he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for unlawfully killing sister Lucy and four for grievous bodily harm with intent on mum Jane.
EastEnders viewers were shocked when a fresh-faced Bobby Beale returned to Albert Square tonight.
As Jane returned home, she said: "Sorry I got back as quick as I could. Hello Bobby."
That address was definitely necessary as viewers had no idea who the character was meant to be.
Taking to Twitter , one viewer said: "Just choked on my water what the fuck is that bobby Beale"
Another added: "Bobby’s regenerated just like his uncle Ben!"
A third said: "I see why #eastenders got Kathy to say “hello Bobby” because I’d have had NO idea who that was, chill with changing the characters"
Bobby was first seen on screens in 2003 when he was played by Kevin Curran.
He was immediately at the centre of a baby daddy mix up as it was initially believed he was the son of Gary Hobbs.
Bobby was portrayed by Alex Curran from 2007 until he was replaced by Rory Stroud in 2013.
Eliot Carrington took over the role in 2014 as Bobby turned into a devil child.
He is now played by Clay Milner – the fifth actor to take on the role.
Duringhis last time in Walford, Jane found Bobby standing over Lucy's dead body and moved the corpse to protect her adopted son.
The Beale family agreed to protect Bobby's dark secret, much to the disgust of Peter who decided to leave the country.
Bobby became increasingly violent after killing Lucy and tore apart the entire family.
After being sent to boarding school, he attacked Jane with a hockey stick and confessed his crimes to everyone in the pub.
Bobby's return was hinted at in February when Ian received a letter from the youth offenders institute which revealed Bobby's very imminent release date.
Worried Ian then chatted with Mel Owen about Bobby's crimes and how he handled the situation.
Speaking to Mel, Ian explained that Bobby was not in contact with Jane and would not agree to see him.
He said: "I still don’t understand what went wrong with him. He was the kindest child. Maybe it was losing his mum when he was so young. How does a young brain cope with it?
When asked if he’d lie for Bobby again, Ian added: "He needed help, proper help.
"We thought we were protecting him. That one night nearly destroyed all of us. So the best advice I can give your friend is to stop it now while she still can."
When will Bobby finally confront dad Ian?
*EastEnders airs on BBC One on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm
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