EastEnders fans spot HUGE clue soap is bringing back original Johnny Carter actor Sam Strike after he appears on screen

EASTENDERS fans have spotted a HUGE clue that the soap is bringing back the original Johnny Carter star Sam Strike.

Eagle-eyed viewers of the BBC show noticed that the actor, 27, had been added back into one of the Carter's family snaps during a recent episode.

Sam started playing the trainee accountant back in 2013.

He played Johnny for a year until he went on to pursue different TV roles and actor Ted Reilly took over between 2016 and 2018.

But now they're convinced the M.I. High star is about to make a huge comeback after spotting him in a picture during the New Year's Eve special when Nancy was pouring her heart out to mum Linda in front of a huge crowd.

One wrote: “I noticed that Eastenders used the family photo including Sam Strike as Johnny, and not the recent actor Ted Reilly?”

Another said: “The original Johnny may be on his way back in 2022… you never know.”

A third added: “Oooh, the OG Johnny!”

“I hope Eastenders using Sam Strike in the family picture of the Carter’s is a sign that Johnny’s coming back with the OG actor," a fourth added.

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Back in 2018 fans were left fuming with Johnny's incredibly low-key exit from the Square.

The character, played by Ted Reilly at the time, left Walford after just one year in the back of a black cab – as he headed off to join a law firm.

Those watching at home felt rather let down by the departure, which was a far cry from some of the more dramatic exits over the years.

Taking to Twitter to express their disappointment, one person wrote: “Johnny getting a lame exit… again #EastEnders.”

While another commented: “I’m a little disappointed about Johnny’s exit. I thought he’d get a good exit, not just driving away and that’s it 😒 #Eastenders.”

And a third person remarked: “Johnny deserved better #EastEnders.”

The Sun previously revealed that Ted would be leaving the soap as his character heads to Manchester for a training contract.

Johnny broke the news to his family as his dad Mick finally returned to the Square after two weeks spent recovering from a gunshot wound received in the heist.

"I've got a training contract," Johnny told his parents to their shock.

Ted took over the role of Johnny in 2016 when writers decided to bring the character back after a 14 month absence.

Since returning he had a one night stand with Ben Mitchell, was shot by neighbour Ted before the ambulance taking him to hospital crashed leaving him fighting for his life.

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