EastEnders fans furious as Liam Butcher’s character is recast


EastEnders viewers were left shocked after Liam Butcher (Alfie Deegan) returned to Albert Square to help his sister Tiffany on Friday’s episode.  

Tiffany, played by Maisie Smith, was trying to reconcile with her estranged husband Keegan by befriending Dotty – who he had a one-night stand with – however the truce was short-lived after he froze their joint bank account. 

While having a drink with her sister Whitney Dean, Tiffany was stunned when Liam turned up to surprise the pair by opening a bottle of bubbly in the bar. 

Return: EastEnders viewers were left shocked after Liam Butcher returned to Albert Square to help his sister Tiffany on Friday’s episode

Liam, whose storyline saw him move to Germany back in 2015, looked different from when he last appeared on the show. 

Previously Liam was portrayed by James Forde, but Alfie joined EastEnders for the short stint in the role as Tiffany and Whitney’s brother, who has been living in Germany with his dad Ricky. 

Many fans were left perplexed by the re-casting of the character, with one writing: ‘I can’t believe they changed Liam.’ 

Suspicious: His arrival on the Square in tonight’s episode came seemingly out of the blue as he insisted he’s back to support Tiffany

Suspicious: His arrival on the Square in tonight’s episode came seemingly out of the blue as he insisted he’s back to support Tiffany

Shock: While having a drink with sister Whitney Dean, Tiffany was shocked when Liam turned up to surprise the pair by opening a bottle of bubbly in the bar

Shock: While having a drink with sister Whitney Dean, Tiffany was shocked when Liam turned up to surprise the pair by opening a bottle of bubbly in the bar

Another penned: ‘Wtf are EastEnders thinking with that Liam recast!?!?!?!?!’ 

One more wrote: ‘Another recast from EastEnders its like they have no respect for past characters and actors. I mean they even recast Lily with a really bad actress  now Liam.’ 

Another said: ‘NAHHH what’s happened to Liam Butcher. Why is he a full on road man now.’ 

One more viewer wrote: ‘This new Liam character looks different to the other one, doesn’t he?’   

 

 

Confused: Many fans were left perplexed by the re-casting of the character, with one writing: 'I can't believe they changed Liam'

Confused: Many fans were left perplexed by the re-casting of the character, with one writing: ‘I can’t believe they changed Liam’ 

While others were pleasantly surprised by his return to the soap, with many taking to Twitter to ‘welcome’ him back. 

One simply wrote: ‘Welcome home Liam [clapping emojis]’ 

Another penned: ‘Good to have tiff Liam and Whitney scenes nice to have Liam back for a bit [sic].’  

‘I’m lovin Liam’ [sic] another wrote, while one more said: ‘Welcome back Liam in Eastenders.’ 

Another speculated: ‘EastEnders Liam was a nice surprise… I assume this short return is to lay the groundwork for a longer stint in the future.’ 

Happy: While others were pleasantly surprised by his return to the soap, with many taking to Twitter to 'welcome' him back

Happy: While others were pleasantly surprised by his return to the soap, with many taking to Twitter to ‘welcome’ him back

His arrival on the Square in the episode came seemingly out of the blue but he insisted he’s back to support Tiffany. 

He can do no wrong in Tiff’s eyes, but it is clear that Liam isn’t telling them the full story. 

With plenty of experience working in cars with his dad, Liam is set to eye up The Arches in next week’s episodes to make some money. 

And during Friday’s episode, he left a conversation he was having with his sister to take a suspicious ‘work phone call’ which saw him apologising and insisting he he’d ‘get money soon.’ 

Surprise: He can do no wrong in Tiff’s eyes, but it is clear that Liam isn’t telling them the full story

Surprise: He can do no wrong in Tiff’s eyes, but it is clear that Liam isn’t telling them the full story

Bombshell: With plenty of experience working in cars with his dad, Liam will eye up The Arches in next week’s episodes to make some money

Bombshell: With plenty of experience working in cars with his dad, Liam will eye up The Arches in next week’s episodes to make some money 

Liam was last seen on screen in 2015 leaving Walford with Cindy Beale as they found themselves at the centre of Lucy’s murder investigation.

Cindy gave the Beale’s an ultimatum when she wanted to put her child, Beth, up for adoption. 

Ian, realising they were going to expose the truth about Bobby, tried to get the couple to leave London for good. 

After trying and failing to bribe the Beale’s out of £100,000 Liam, Cindy and Beth jetted off to Germany where they’ve built a life together. 

Way back when: Liam was last seen on screen in 2015 leaving Walford with Cindy Beale as they found themselves at the centre of Lucy’s murder investigation

Way back when: Liam was last seen on screen in 2015 leaving Walford with Cindy Beale as they found themselves at the centre of Lucy’s murder investigation

Past: Previously Liam was portrayed by James Forde, but Alfie Deegan joined EastEnders for a short stint in the role as Tiffany and Whitney’s brother, who has been living in Germany with his dad Ricky

Past: Previously Liam was portrayed by James Forde, but Alfie Deegan joined EastEnders for a short stint in the role as Tiffany and Whitney’s brother, who has been living in Germany with his dad Ricky

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