EastEnders star Linda Henry, who plays tough-as-nails Shirley Carter, is to face trial early next year after being accused of racially aggravated harrassment.
The 51-year-old, who also appeared in prison drama ‘Bad Girls’, strongly denies the claims and sources say that she is preparing to fight “tooth and nail” to clear her name.
An insider told The Sun: “Linda is horrified at the accusation and intends to fight it tooth and nail.
“Those close to her know the truth and the type of person she is.
“She has never been in trouble before, has never been accused of this type of thing before and is determined to prove she is innocent of these deeply offensive claims.”
The incident is alleged to have taken place outside of Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in London back in September, but Linda did not attend the initial court hearing which took place yesterday although she did plead ‘not guilty’ via her lawyer.
The case will be going to trial in February.
Linda’s onscreen character for the hit BBC soap, Shirley, is in for an even more dramatic couple of months with there being a series of secrets set to come out from the Carter family.
Alongside the heartbreaking story of Shirley’s son, Dean, raping her sister-in-law, Linda, the family are also set to be rocked by the news that she is actually her brother Mick’s mum, as well as her father Stan’s battle with cancer.
Looks like it’ll be another cheery Christmas in Albert Square.