EastEnders star Kellie Bright has said that "everyone is the enemy" for Linda Carter after the death of Mick (Danny Dyer), with her character "very scarred" by last year's drama with Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks).
The landlady of the Queen Vic is in for a big shock next week, with the arrival of her mother's lover George Knight (Colin Salmon) and his two daughters — and Linda doesn't take it well, according to Kellie.
When asked what Linda's first impressions are of her new housemates, Kellie told OK! at an EastEnders screening: "You've got to remember, Linda's lost Mick. Linda is very scarred by Janine. So for her, everyone is the enemy and no one has to be trusted, especially not this man who as far as she's concerned, her mom does not know nearly well enough.
"And so yeah, she's already starting from that place. There's no openness. There's no like, 'Oh, I'm just gonna see who these people are and get to know them.' It's completely like, 'No, you're going to have to prove yourself to me.' And like I say she's she's scarred by what's happened to her."
Linda was dealt a number of setbacks last year, with Janine repeatedly sabotaging Linda to steal her husband before Mick was lost at sea on Christmas Day.
Luckily for Linda, her mother Elaine Peacock returned to Albert Square to help her run the pub — however, she's yet to tell her that she'll be bringing her new boyfriend and his daughters, played by Molly Rainford and Francesca Henry, to live with them in the Queen Vic.
Speaking about how Linda will deal with the new situation, Kellie said that it's "all a bit of a shock to the system" for the landlady.
"She suddenly has to not just share her pub with these people but her whole world, they move in. So, it a real transitional time but it has been really wonderful to play. I've really really enjoyed the last few months working with them all and I feel very lucky.
"And I feel very much like they have breathed life back into Linda Carter, which is really nice, actually. And the pub needs a family in it. It just does. It needs people it needs life. It can't just meet me and Ali and Ali rattling around it. So I'm really grateful for that."
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