Eastenders' Gary Lucy has defended his character's on-screen kiss with the show's newcomer Johnny Carter, played by Sam Strike.

The episode which saw the two characters kiss received complaints from some viewers but Lucy told The Sun, "I think, 'Get with the times!' Reaction was, on the most part, positive. There were a few on Twitter still living in the dark ages but on the whole, people were okay.

"I got one message on the internet from a guy saying, 'Thanks for that storyline because it gave me the courage to come out and tell my parents'. If you can do that, you as an actor and the show has done its job."