EastEnders stars Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace have spoken out in defence of the controversial baby swap plot.

The duo spoke to whatsontv.co.uk when they arrived on the red carpet ahead of the annual NTAs. Shane said he was disappointed the controversy overshadowed Kat and Alfie’s storyline and said EastEnders always pushed the parameters: “We’re always prepared to take on challenging storylines.”

Jessie Wallace said: “I think it’s great drama and it was a great storyline”.

Watch Shane and Jessie speaking at the National Television Awards here: