EastEnders bosses have announced that Billy Mitchell will star in his own BBC Red Button special next month.

Billy, played by Perry Fenwick, will get the opportunity to meet with a number of sporting legends and celebrities in the spinoff episode.

His character is also set to carry the Olympic torch through Albert Square in an upcoming episode. The footage will be broadcast live on July 23.

Meanwhile, the Red Button special called Billy’s Olympic Nightmare will air on July 16.

Viewers will see that Billy becomes nervous about his role of torch bearer, and his sleep is plagued by visions of what could go wrong.

Dame Kelly Holmes and Tessa Sanderson are among the well-known Olympic faces who will appear in the special, while One Show hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones will also feature.

Fenwick told the official EastEnders website: "Like Billy, I am also terrified at what might go wrong as I carry the Olympic torch though Albert Square. Filming this was like a dress rehearsal of my worst nightmare!

"It was strange filming at West Ham as again, like Billy, I feel it's my home. I'm over the moon to be carrying the torch through Walford, and working with the likes of Dame Kelly Holmes has made me even more excited to do so!"