EastEnders actress Linda Henry will stand trial facing an allegation of racially aggravated abuse in February.

The actress, who plays Linda Carter in the BBC1 soap, will face the charge in relation to an incident outside Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Grennwich on September 11 this year.

A spokesman for Henry, 51, said she would defend the allegation and fight ‘tooth and nail’ to clear her name during the trial.

She chose not to attend the court hearing, which was heard under her married name Virilis, at Bexley Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty via her lawyer.

The charge is in connection to an incident outside Jamie’s Italian in Greenwich on September 14.

A source allegedly 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.”

Her character, Shirley Carter, has just returned to EastEnders after a period away following her shooting Phil Mitchell.