EastEnders: Shane Richie talks about 'heartbreaking' fire

EastEnders star Shane Richie has said there are "heartbreaking" times ahead of his character Alfie Moon and wife Kat (played by Jessie Wallace).

This week viewers saw Alfie set fire to their family home as part of an insurance scan – unaware that Kat was inside. He puts his life on the line to try and save her, but his actions have massive consequences for his wife.


Viewers saw Alfie set fire to the family home this week, before rushing in to save wife Kat

"For Kat, it is life-changing," Shane said, during an appearance on This Morning. "For Jessie as an actress, being able to play the storyline we have got coming up after this event is brilliant.

"It will be such a departure from how we know Kat now – the tart with the heart and the heavy make-up. She will become the complete opposite to that. It is heartbreaking."

It remains to be seen whether Alfie and Kat's relationship can survive the ordeal

Asked whether the couple's relationship can survive the ordeal, Shane added, "Sadly, we don't know.

"It leads us up to Christmas and of course the 30th anniversary in February. A lot of stories that are now beginning to bubble away at the moment will be resolved then."