EastEnders Johnny Carter star looks completely different eight years after BBC soap exit


EastEnders actor Sam Strike looks worlds away from his Albert Square character Johnny Carter.

The 28-year-old soap star last appeared in the BBC One soap as Mick and Linda’s son in 2014.

Since leaving Walford, Sam has undergone a complete image overhaul and looks almost unrecognisable.

He played Johnny from 2013 until 2014 and was the at the centre of several storylines alongside the Carter family.

Eight years following his departure, Sam has ditched his clean cut image for a more mature look complete with a beard and tattoos.

In one social media snap. Sam posed in a candid black and white snap with a cigarette in his mouth.

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EastEnders actor Sam Strike looks worlds away from his Albert Square character Johnny Carter

The TV personality has clearly been putting in the hours at the gym as he flashed his flaunts his muscles in an another photograph.

Since quitting EastEnders, Sam has landed roles on MIndhunter and drama series Silent Witness.

He appears to keep quite a low profile when it comes to sharing details of his personal life but he does like to share snaps of his life on social media from time-to-time.

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The actor sports a beard and new tattoo in social media snaps

It comes after the news that BBC bosses are planning to broadcast a new show that showcases diversity and life in the country today.

BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell has revealed that the channel is planning to launch a new soap, saying that it will reflect “modern Britain” in an area of the country in “all its glory”.

The channel has had a six-year hiatus and originally had a target audience of 16 to 34 years old, with 70% of their programmes originally made for the channel, ranging from comedy to drama and cartoons.

Sam Strike
Sam looks worlds away from his days as Johnny Carter

Fiona discussed the plans for the new show: “What would it look like? It could be somewhere very specific in modern Britain. Derry or Belfast, Aberdeen or Newcastle.”

She mentioned that wants to highlight the diversity that flourishes through Britain today: “I want to showcase a locality in all its glory. I’d like to provide a platform for the cast of the future,” before recalling the amount of stars that have benefitted from their humble beginnings on EastEnders.

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However, the classic soap is facing competition from their closest competitors after ITV have confirmed that Emmerdale and Coronation Street will now be broadcast at different times.

In March, Emmerdale is set to move to 7:30pm while Coronation Street will have the biggest shake up. Instead of the usual split episodes, Corrie will have hour-long episodes airing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all at 8pm.

EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on BBC One

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