EastEnders’ pregnant Kellie Bright unveils blossoming baby bump in new Linda Carter scenes (Image: BBC)
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EastEnders shows actress Kellie Bright's real-life pregnancy bump in new scenes for her character Linda Carter.
The 44-year-old actress is expecting her third child with her husband Paul Stocker, having previously welcomed son Freddie in 2011 and son Gene in 2016.
Mirroring the actress' real-life pregnancy, it was recently revealed in the BBC One soap opera that her character Linda is also pregnant.
However, there is a slight snag for Linda as the father of her unborn child is not beloved husband Mick Carter ( Danny Dyer ) but former fling Max Branning, who recently fled Albert Square following actor Jake Wood's departure from the soap.
Linda Carter recently learned she was pregnant in EastEnders, mirroring actress Kellie Bright
(Image: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)
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In scenes on Tuesday's episodes, however, some drama goes down for the landlady of the Queen Vic pub.
SPOILER WARNING! If you don't want to know what happens before the episode airs on Tuesday, now is the time to stop reading this article.
After Mick got sidetracked helping the pregnant taxi driver Jeanette – played by Danny Dyer's real-life daughter Dani Dyer – Linda was left to attend her baby scan alone leaving her feeling insecure and upset at the end of the first of Tuesday's episodes, which are available on Monday on BBC iPlayer.
In the second instalment, the couple's daughter Nancy warned Mick when he returned home that he had missed the appointment and told him: 'You need to talk to mum, she's going to think you didn't go to the scan on purpose."
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Mick later met up with Linda in the park and she told Mick: "This past month, you haven't laid your hands on my bump once. You haven't felt it kick."
She told Mick she doesn't blame him and acknowledges that her baby is a reminder of her affair with Max.
Linda then explained to Mick she has decided to go to stay with her mother Elaine until her and Max's child is born.
She then reveals: "And then, I'm going to have it adopted."
However, Mick goes on to try and reassure her and get her to stay, but then Linda commented it could resemble Max: "What if it's ginger?"
The landlady then spoke about how she was upset he was confiding in Nancy and not her, prompting Mick to reveal that he feared he would not be able to bond with the baby.
Linda later made an appearance in a pink sequin dress in the pub
Linda's – and Kellie's – bump were then shown for all of the Queen Vic regulars
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Despite his fears, Mick made clear he would never want Linda to put the baby up for adoption.
Referring to his recently discovered daughter with abusive care worker Katy Lewis, Mick said: "Think of Frankie, sometimes something beautiful can come from something you'd rather forget."
Linda then suggested to Mick that they keep it a secret that Max's is the father, with only them, Nancy and Linda's best friend Sharon knowing the truth. The landlady is worried she could end up like Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks), who has lost her surrogate daughter Abi Branning Jr. when Max fled with her off-screen.
They agree to pretend that Linda is only five months pregnant and not the actual six months to fool the rest of the world.
The Carter family toasted the news that Linda and Mick were expecting a baby – despite this being a lie as the baby is Max's
Linda smiled at the conclusion of Tuesday's episode
Later in Queen Vic, Linda appeared in a sparkly pink dress that showed off hers and Kellie's real-life baby bump
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Linda said she was pregnant and that Mick "is going to be a father again".
The pub then toasted the happy news as Linda stared at Mick with a smile as the doof-doof sounded.
Will the pair be happy?
*EastEnders will drop this week's episodes on BBC iPlayer on Monday at 6am due to the EUFA Euros 2020. The episodes will also air on Tuesday and Wednesday this week on BBC One.