Devon Anderson's 'premature' axe

'EastEnders' actress Lindsey Coulson admits she thinks the departure of Devon Anderson - who played her screen son Billie Jackson on the soap - was a bit ''premature''

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Lindsey Coulson thinks Devon Anderson's 'EastEnders' departure was "a bit premature".

The actress - who plays soap favourite Carol Jackson - was shocked the actor left just months after he returned to the show as her son Billie Jackson.

Discussing his shock exit on the show last night (11.10.10) - where he died after downing a bottle of vodka at his welcome home party after serving in the army - she said: "Part of me thinks that writing out Devon was a bit premature. He's very talented, and there were lots of stories they could have told about Billie. There's no doubt that the death has huge shock value, though. And on a selfish note, I knew it would be a big challenge for me to play."

Despite his sudden departure, Lindsey isn't concerned about Devon's future as an actor.

She added: "He'll be fine because he's young, attractive and - most importantly - really good. I'm so sad that Devon's gone, though. I've known him since he was six years old, and we have a lovely relationship. When we had to play the scene where Carol sees Billie lying dead in the living room, it was really sad - not just because a mum had lost her son in tragic circumstances, but also because I felt almost as though I was losing Devon for good, too."

Devon played Billie from 1997 to 2004, before he returned to the soap earlier this year.

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