EastEnders fans admired Shirley Carter’s youth when she became a grandmother

EastEnders aired emotional scenes between Mick Carter and Janine Butcher last week – but the moment left fans mulling over the numbers to work out Shirley Carter’s age

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EastEnders: Shirley reacts to seeing Mick with Janine

EastEnders fans were shocked when they discovered how young Shirley Carter was when she became a grandmother on a recent episode of the BBC.

Shirley’s son Mick (Danny Dyer) has finally opened up to Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) about why he was so reluctant to sleep with her during Thursday’s episode of EastEnders.

Janine had been frustrated that the pub owner hadn’t been intimately interested in her for weeks, but finally understood why last week when Mick opened up.

Mick eventually revealed that he was sexually abused by Frankie’s daughter’s mother, Katy Lewis (Simone Labhib) when he was just 12 years old in heartbreaking scenes.

Amid the sad revelation, EastEnder fans took to Twitter to check the numbers and point out that Shirley, who is played by Linda Henry, must have turned into a young grandmother.

Shirley gave birth to Mick when she was 15 years old and Buster Briggs was his biological father.


BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron)

One wrote: “Shirley just realized she’s become a grandma at 26. Surely that’s some kind of record?”

Shirley was born in 1962, while Mick was born in 1977. Growing up, Mick believed he was the son of Stan Carter and Sylvie Smith, but in 2014, the bomb fell and he learned that Shirley, who he thought was his brother his daughter, is his mother.

Shirley gave birth to Mick when she was 15 years old and Buster Briggs was his biological father.

Mick’s backstory of sexual abuse by his care worker Katy Lewis was revealed in 2020 and he later blamed Shirley for what happened because she put him in the system care.

EastEnder fans took to Twitter to tally the numbers



Speaking about what happened to Janine on Wednesday night’s episode, Mick said: “When I was a kid, 12 years old, I was sexually abused.

“I was sexually abused by a woman, and that woman was Frankie’s mother.”

Mick continued: “Now some way I manage to lock this in my brain and I don’t know how I did it, but when Frankie came into my life about two years ago it all these are poured out.

“I don’t know how to retract, so the idea of ​​having sex… I just can’t do it. I want Janine, I do, maybe I’m just broken.”

“Just realized Shirley has become a grandma at the age of 26. Surely that’s some kind of record?”


BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron)

This comes after the soap teased Janine’s sudden departure after her turbulent love affair with Mick fell apart.

Frankie notices the bad atmosphere between the two of them and suggests that Mick be more romantic with Janine and invite her to dinner.

But her plan backfired and their date at Walford East was a disaster. Will Janine leave Walford for good?

EastEnders airs Monday through Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC One

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