BBC fans EastEnders remember Billy arriving in the square as a child abuser
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EastEnders fans were left horrified when they were reminded of Billy Mitchell’s disturbing past.
While the market stall keeper, played by Perry Fenwick, may now be known as an unlucky father of two, he hasn’t always been so gentle.
When he first joined the BBC in 1998, Billy was a child abuser who took his nephew Jamie in only to brutally beat him.
Billy at the time worked as a drug dealer and would vent his anger and frustration towards the boy who lived in the same school.
It wasn’t until Phil Mitchell discovered the abuse and decided to stop it on his own that Billy was held accountable for his cruelty.
Jamie leaves Billy’s house to live with Phil and Billy is too scared of Phil’s effects to abuse him again.
For Christmas 2002, Jamie was hospitalized after being hit by a car. Seeing him in his hospital bed eventually prompted Billy to apologize for the abuse he had inflicted on the boy.
Jamie died, last appearing on Christmas Day, and Billy never faced justice for his actions.
Although Billy now takes on the role of a doting father, longtime fans still refuse to let his abusive past be forgotten.
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One viewer wrote: “Recall when Billy beat up Jamie and abused him often, secretly attacked Lucy Beale by stalking undercover, stealing all posts and judging Little Mo after she was raped? agreed to kiss an adult. #EastEnders”
A second fan concurred, saying: “He was a real lousy piece as he was first on the show with Jamie and then became the unfortunate ferret that gets trampled by everyone in the Mitchells. .”
Another viewer made it clear they weren’t convinced by Billy’s apology to Jamie in his hospital bed, writing: “My earliest memories of Billy Mitchell are when he used to beat Jamie to the point where Jamie actually trembled at his sight. Then when he cried on his hospital bed 10 years older, I was like [side eye gif]. “
Some current fans of the show have been trying to forget the history of abuse, as they confessed on Twitter.
One wrote: “I really almost forgot about this. That’s probably why he has to pay for it with his life now, he can never keep a good relationship. determined.”
Although most viewers are disgusted by Billy’s past, some fans believe he deserves redemption.
They wrote: “Billy was also an abuse victim. He faced an abuser later in life and realized what a terrible person he was.
“He begged Jamie to forgive him and he did. They made up even more before Jamie died. He had a miserable life, he didn’t need help.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/eastenders-fans-recall-billy-mitchell-26561614 EastEnders fans recall Billy Mitchell as child abuser in disturbingly forgotten plot