Lauren Branning has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to be Lucy Beale’s killer, following the news that the character will meet an untimely death this Easter.

According to bookmakers Coral the troubled teen – with whom Lucy has a love-hate relationship – is evens to carry out the dirty deed, which will spark a long-running mystery storyline.

Meanwhile her brother Peter Beale is 2-1 second favourite, followed by future stepmother Denise Fox at 3-1.

And even her father Ian is not immune from suspicion, alongside ex-wife Jane who both have odds of 8-1.

However with odds of 50-1 it looks unlikely that Danny Dyer’s landlord Mick Carter will emerge as the guilty party.

Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has promised that the story will “shock, entertain, and make the nation weep.”

He added: “It will also give Adam Woodyatt – who is a brilliant actor and a lovely man – a chance to shine.”

EastEnders bosses have also promised the storyline will not be a typical whodunnit, with very few people – possibly not even the killer – knowing exactly what happened to Lucy on the night she died.

The search for the culprit is also tipped to go on for many months, leading up to the show’s 30th anniversary in 2015.