Linda made her first on screen appearance on 19 December 2013, but officially arrived on Albert Square along with her husband, Mick and her children on 26 December 2013. The Carter household were created by the present’s executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins who deliberate to utterly revamp the present. Since her arrival, Bright’s character Linda has been part of a few of the present’s greatest storylines similar to struggling to accept that her son Johnny is homosexual. In October 2014, Linda was involved in a controversial storyline the place she was raped by Dean Wicks . On filming this explicit storyline, Bright acknowledged that “It is a challenging storyline, nevertheless it is a vital storyline and I really feel honoured to have been given it”.Bright was praised for her efficiency throughout this storyline.
Linda says she informed Dean that she cared about him, but in a maternal means as he is not a lot older than her youngsters and he was speaking about suicide and she or he tried to consolation him. Linda and Mick return to Walford a number of weeks later to find Shirley behind the bar and Dean in the pub and Mick declares the party is over. On Mick’s birthday, Mick asks Linda if she is certain about putting it off till the next day and Linda is set to have yet one more normal day at first adjustments.
They go on vacation to rekindle their marriage and after they return, Linda is delighted that Whitney and Woody are emigrating, but Woody leaves with out Whitney, so Linda is aggravated. Mick asks Linda to resume their wedding vows and she or he accepts, although has doubts after seeing Mick comforting Whitney. The Carters try to lift money after Grafton Hill inform them they should pay £60,000 in repair costs or face eviction, although Fi tells them she has lowered it to £50,000. They increase the money however Fi’s father, James Willmott-Brown , reveals he now owns the business and Fi denies decreasing the debt. Willmott-Brown provides an eviction notice to the Carters, giving them a month to depart.
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Linda later invitations Sharon to live with the Carters however her guilt grows, especially when Keanu’s mom Karen Taylor becomes convinced that Phil has killed him, causing her to drink closely once more. On New Year’s Eve, she goes to Karen’s get together and gets excessively drunk, leading to her nearly exposing the occasions of Christmas Day, kicking Sharon out, flirting with Max Branning and almost being raped by a stranger after going to his lodge room. After she phones him, Martin, turning up outdoors The Queen Vic, forcefully warns her within the close by alleyway in opposition to revealing the events of Christmas Day or they are “both useless”. Tina encourages Johnny to embrace his sexuality, inviting him to gay pride in London. Linda continues to be uncomfortable with this, and makes an attempt to sabotage his plans by making him work. However, he realises what she is doing and in the ensuing argument he leaves residence.
When Linda has arranged an appointment for an abortion, she makes use of going purchasing for Mick’s Christmas current as a cover up. Linda also learns that Lee battered Ben Mitchell from Nancy and Nancy tells Linda that Lee had a bizarre look in his eyes and that she’d never seen him like that before. Linda rearranges her appointment and finds Lee within the park and Lee explains how that they had sparring matches back at camp and he went for somebody as soon as and it took 4 folks to get him off. Linda reminds Lee that he’s not on his personal and he has her, Mick and Whitney and if he needs correct help, then they’ll type that and the following time he will get offended, he is to come and discover her. Linda lies to Mick, saying it’s a beauty clinic her mum’s good friend put her onto it, but Mick knows when Linda is mendacity and he asks why she rang the clinic and why she never informed him as he thought they had been greatest associates and advised each other every little thing.
At Sharon and Phil’s wedding reception, Shirley reveals to everybody that she and Phil slept together the previous Friday. Later, Shirley heads to Phil and Sharon’s with a gun, which originally belonged to Ronnie Mitchell and Shirley by accident shoots Phil. Dean tells Mick and Linda that it was Shirley and later, Dean is about to tell the police it was Shirley and he tells Mick that Shirley has gone. Mick brings Dean inside The Vic and he asks Linda to verify Dean keeps quiet while he and Tina go and search for Shirley, who they presume to be at Aunt Babe’s. Upstairs, Dean tells Linda how he can’s belief girls after Shirley deserted him once more and Lauren dumped him and how discovering Kevin Wicks wasn’t his biological father typically makes him really feel that he would not need to be round. Linda tries to cheer up Dean by saying that he is bright, good looking and his own business and after a tricky time, he has come through all of it.
Bright also added that Linda does not need to know who the child’s father is as she thinks that Linda is “scared and terrified”. Linda was launched as the wife of Mick Carter, performed by Danny Dyer, the brother of established character Shirley Carter , who has appeared in EastEnders since 2006. Luisa Bradshaw-White joined the cast as Shirley’s sister Tina Carter in early November, and Linda was the second new Carter to look after her. Kellie Bright’s casting was announced alongside Danny Dyer’s on 1 October 2013, a week after Bradshaw-White’s casting was revealed. Linda was described as having been with Mick since they have been teenagers, and despite not being ‘blessed with brains’, is a ‘tough girl who will all the time fight tooth and nail for her household – especially her youngsters’. Bright previously appeared as a bridesmaid in 1986 at the marriage ceremony of Michelle Fowler and Lofty Holloway , and starred in scenes opposite her current co-star Letitia Dean, who continues to look as Sharon Watts.
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Her ankle gets stuck and she or he will get knocked out, and later when water begins to pour in Mick arrives and hears her cries for assist. Mick can’t get Linda’s foot out and Linda tells him to depart her and to consider their youngsters, but Mick says he’s staying with her. As the boat fills with extra water, Mick decides to break Linda’s ankle to free her and he and Linda later appear in the Thames with Mick holding on to an unconscious Linda.
Realising it will be in direct competitors to The Queen Vic, she plots to get inside information concerning the bar, convincing Johnny to take a job there. However, Johnny likes the job and tells her that he does not want to feed information to her. Linda and Mick’s eldest son, Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard), returns from Afghanistan, where he has been serving within the military. He is grieving for a comrade he has misplaced, and Linda is a comfort and assist to him.
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Several days later, Mick finds an expensive ring in Halfway’s possession and interrogates Halfway, who admits he stole it from the robbery. Halfway gives the ring to the Carters, who then give the ring to Fi in change for the freehold for the pub. However, Aidan becomes suspicious of this and attempts to blackmail Mick into letting him use the pub for drug dealing. Aidan steps up his calls for, repeatedly forcing him to just accept money for these drug deals despite Linda returning it. The Carters determine to flee Walford to flee Aidan, who shows up and beats Mick up for not giving into his calls for. However, Phil stops Aidan on the last minute and pressures him into leaving Walford or he’ll reveal to the police that he killed Fi’s brother Luke Browning .