EastEnders star Ricky Jr’s age and who plays him, as fans say he’s dad of Lily Slater’s baby01/05/2023
Ricky Jr. from EastEnders, whose full name on the soap is Ricky Mitchell, is currently caught up in a scandal in Walford involving 12-year-old Lily Slater, who found out this week she was pregnant.
The 12-year-old was confirmed to be expecting a baby on the soap’s New Year's Day episode, with her mum Stacey Slater revealing the news.
This isn’t the only shocking storyline the EastEnders teen has been at the centre of recently, following his sister Amy Mitchell's struggle with self-harm and the visit from his estranged mother Sam Mitchell.
The son of Sam Mitchell and Jack Branning, Ricky has been a firm fixture on the soap for a while now, despite originally living away from Walford in his early years. Sam initially claimed Ricky Butcher was Ricky Jr’s father as the pair were in a relationship at the time, hence the name.
Ricky was born in 2010, after Sam’s affair with Jack, making Ricky Jr 12 years old. The pregnancy was only revealed while Sam was in prison for Dirty Den's murder. It was later confirmed that Jack was the true father via a DNA test.
Eagle-eyed viewers have seen Ricky Jr and Lily together a lot more in recent months, with Ricky Jr sticking up for Lily after a row with Amy. The teen also has been seen suspiciously sneaking off a number of times in recent weeks to “see mates”. Watchful fans will also remember Lily smiling at her phone before hiding it from her mum Stacey.
Stacey uncovered the truth when she spotted Ricky Jr waving at her daughter, with Lily then tearfully confirming that she had slept with Ricky on one occasion but he wasn’t her boyfriend and that he must never find out about the pregnancy. In Wednesday's episode, Stacey is seen confiding in her mum Jean Slater before going to speak to Lily's former best friend Amy Mitchell.
Despite the confession, other names that have been put forward as the potential father are Nugget, Denzel and Freddie, with some viewers believing Lily has lied about Ricky Jr being the dad to deliberately go along with her mum’s theory.
One fan wrote: “"Anyone else NOT convinced that Ricky Jr is in fact the father after that lacklustre confession from Lily? #EastEnders ."
Another added: "Do we believe Lily when she said Ricky Jnr is the dad #Eastenders she seemed to shake and nod her head."
"I don't think Ricky Jr is Lily's baby daddy… I think judging by Lily looking out of the window that it is Nugget #Eastenders ," a third shared.
A fourth wrote: "Don't believe Lily at all, she's covering for someone else. Why say he must never know #EastEnders ."
The character of Ricky has been played by three different actors over the years, with current actor Frankie Day starting on the soap in 2018. He took over the role from Henri Charles, who played Ricky Jr from 2016 to 2018.
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