EastEnders' Dean Wicks to have fling with Lauren Branning

EastEnders' Dean Wicks is to fall into bed with recovering alcoholic Lauren Branning as a way of taking his mind off married woman Linda Carter

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Matt Di Angelo

Matt Di Angelo

EastEnders' Dean Wicks is to have a fling with Lauren Branning.

The bad boy - played by Matt Di Angelo - will strike up a passionate relationship with the recovering alcoholic (Jacqueline Jossa) as a way of ignoring his feelings for married woman Linda Carter (Kellie Bright).

Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, he said: "It's true, Dean and Lauren are going to get together - but it's nothing serious. It was fun for me, being in bed with Jacqueline Jossa, who plays Lauren.

"But I don't think Dean cares too much for Lauren. She's just a distraction and I can imagine he's thinking about Linda the whole time."

Meanwhile, Matt, 27, hopes his hunky alter-ego makes amends with his mother Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) after they fell out six years ago when the hard-faced pub owner revealed Kevin Wicks (Phil Daniels) may not be his real father as she previously had two affairs.

He explained: "I don't understand why he continues to be so antagonistic towards Shirley. It's really hard for me to be mean to Linda Henry, who plays her, because we get on so well in real life.

"It's not like Shirley is constantly doing things to upset Dean. It's almost as though he's decided this is how he feels about her and he can't go back on that. But we're filming stuff right now where we begin to work through that and exorcise those demons."

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