Ellie and Phil's feud over Raymond explained – EastEnders newcomer Mica Paris has spoken out

PHIL Mitchell vows to bond with his long-lost son Raymond next week in EastEnders. 

But Mica Paris – who plays Raymond’s grandmother Ellie in the BBC One soap – has warned that Phil is about to meet his match in the newcomer. Here's everything you need to know…

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What do we know about Phil and Ellie’s feud in EastEnders?

Spoilers have revealed that Phil will bump into Ellie next week at the hospital when he visits Raymond – and that he'll lie about his identity. 

Is he about to lock horns with Ellie?

Speaking about how her villainous character Ellie will intimidate Phil, Mica said: "I’ve always played positive, encouraging, uplifting people, I recently did a 2 year tour of Fame that ended up in the West End. My character Ellie is the complete opposite to what people know me for.

"I’ve never, ever played a villain before in my life! It’s interesting because growing up in the industry a lot of people assumed that I was like Ellie.

"I can be quite intimidating when you see me so everyone was always shocked that I’m actually not like that, but with Ellie I am exactly that! It’s not me at all!

"She is so strong and hardcore, even Phil is intimidated by her! She’s no nonsense. 

She continued: "She’s been thrown in at the deep end with the accident at the hospital. She’s the family member that you never really see until there’s a catastrophe and there’s no one else to turn up for it. Ellie is not the doting Grandma at all!

"She hasn’t been around the family much, like the long distant Grandma that you hear about but never see. Suddenly here she is having to step up because her son’s gone – his wife’s gone and she’s the only one left as his next of kin. It’s very shocking for her."

Will Ellie want to keep Raymond in EastEnders?

Speaking about how her character clashes with Denise over Raymond, Mica Paris revealed that Ellie will indeed want to remain the toddler’s legal guardian.

Speaking about how things turn nasty in the coming weeks, Mica told Inside Soap: “It’s a tug of war!”

She added: "Denise wants her son for her own reasons, and Ellie wants him for her own reasons too – this little boy is stuck in the middle.”

Producer Jon Sen previously teased there is a ‘great’ storyline in store for Denise, and that it will be connected the arrival of Mica Paris’ character Ellie Nixon.

He told Metro.co.uk: "It really pushes Denise to the front of the show. Those Trueman stories are amazing. Mica forms part of that story with Denise.

"Anybody who knows anything about her history will probably know where we’re going with that. It’s great when the past comes to haunt you.”

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