EastEnders character Bobby Beale is to explore Islam in a new storyline "which serves to challenge preconceptions and prejudices about the role of faith in young peoples' lives".

The Press Association says the BBC soap has consulted the UK's Muslim Youth Helpline in developing the storyline. 

"We are thrilled to be working with the Muslim Youth Helpline on a storyline which serves to challenge preconceptions and prejudices about the role of faith in young peoples' lives," said EastEnders' executive producer, Jon Sen.

"Bobby Beale's story will show how a young boy uses religion to help find peace and give his life meaning, structure and purpose.

"We hope this storyline will demonstrate the positive impact of religion in modern society."

Zohra Khaku, Director of the Muslim Youth Helpline, said: "The Muslim Youth Helpline have been providing feedback on Bobby's storyline with the BBC EastEnders team.

"In a time where young British Muslims see their faith overwhelmingly represented in a negative way, it is heartening to see Islam portrayed as a positive influence in Bobby's life."

Bobby, now played by new cast member Clay Milner Russell, was at the centre of the 'Who Killed Lucy?' storyline following the death of his sister. He later confessed to the crime - after attacking his adoptive mother, Jane. He has returned to Albert Square after serving a sentence in a young offenders' unit.

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