EastEnders' shock romance for Ryan Malloy
EastEnders' Ryan Malloy and Lauren Branning are to embark on a shockingly steamy romance, much to the displeasure of Lauren's protective dad Max
EastEnders' Ryan Malloy and Lauren Branning are to embark on a shockingly steamy romance.
The age difference between the unlikely couple - played by Neil McDermott and Jacqueline Jossa - will stun Walford residents, in particular the teen's over-protective father Max (Jake Wood) who "hits the roof" when he finds out about their relationship.
An 'EastEnders' insider revealed: "Max will hit the roof when he discovers that Lauren is with Ryan. To him, Lauren is still his little girl - and he won't approve of someone so much older being her boyfriend.
"On top of that, he still harbours a grudge against Ryan over his failed relationship with Stacey Branning. Their dislike for each other will only get worse."
However, it isn't just Max the loved-up couple will have to come up against, but Ryan's half-sister Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) - who is Lauren's best friend - and his evil ex-wife Janine (Charlie Brooks) will also be vocal in their discontent for the new romance.
The Walford source added to Inside Soap magazine: "No matter how many people disapprove of this love match, Ryan and Lauren won't bow to pressure and split up.
"Both of them are stubborn, and Lauren won't allow anyone to tell her what to do. It'll be a difficult time for Max. He'll be desperate to drive a wedge between them - and that could mean that he has to join forces with Janine."