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How Did Billie Jackson Die in Eastenders?

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Billie Jackson

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Carol finds out about Billie

Carol finds out about Billie

Carol rages at Lauren

Carol rages at Lauren

Carol with the Vicar

Carol with the Vicar

Billie's Dad Alan turns up on the square

Billie's Dad Alan turns up on the square

Carol is comforted by Dad Jim

Carol is comforted by Dad Jim

Bee kicks off at Kim

Bee kicks off at Kim

Whitney thinks about  Billie

Whitney thinks about Billie

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Billie Jackson has recently joined the army, but he wont die fighting for his country, instead he dies after binge drinking, and his sudden death will shock the whole square and devastate the Jackson family.

Carol, having missed Billie while he has been away, puts all her effort into to throwing her son a big party for his 22nd birthday.

Bianca is concerned that Carol is getting too involved, and tells her she needs to back off a bit. Carol decides to meet up with Lewis, the soldier she met while Billie was signing up for the Army.

Unfortunately Carol finds out that the love rat is married, and so feeling low decides she will concentrate on her son's big birthday bash instead.

Billie knows nothing of the party that his Mum is planning, and has gone on a bender in the south end, but feeling sorry for her Mum, Bianca drags Billie back to the square.

The party goes well, with all the residents of the square there to help Billy celebrate his birthday. Kim kisses Ricky (ooh-err) and Billie and Lauren get a bit worse for wear after too much to drink.

However the next morning when Bianca finds him lying on the sofa she thinks he is just asleep, and it is only when she tries to wake him, that she realises to her horror that her little brother is in fact dead.

The aftermath of Billie's death will be a tragic time for the Jackson Clan, Bianca will never get the picture of her dead brother out of her head, Whitney struggles with the loss of the love of her life and Carol can't cope with the death of her youngest son. Everybody rally's round to help Carol as she becomes more depressed and struggles to cope with day to day life, her Brother Max will be a big support as he has not long lost his own son Bradley.

Billy's Dad Alan Jackson will return for the funeral along with his Grandmother Blossom, who are both played by the original actors.

I think it is good that Eastenders are doing this story line as it shows youngsters the dangers of binge drinking.

It is sad that Billie is being killed off though as he has not long returned to the square, but good on Eastenders for bringing yet another story line that reflects the social issues we have today.

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As we know Bianca finds her brother Billie dead on the sofa on Monday nights episode after a night of binge drinking.

After she fails to wake him, a devastated Bianca realises he has passed away in the night and calls Mum Carol to tell her what has happened. Carol can't believe what Bianca is telling her and so she rushes back home to find a Doctor there with her Son Billie, but no one will let Carol in to the front room.

When she finally gets to her son, Carol still can't believe her son is dead as he just looks like he is sleeping peacefully. Eventually Billie's body has to be taken away and distraught Carol has to say her last goodbyes to him.

Later the Police turn up and question the family on whether there was any drugs or alcohol involved.

It is not long until Carol's grief becomes anger and she is looking for someone to blame.

When her niece Lauren, who is the one who provided the spirits, starts to laugh nervously to herself, Carol lets out all her anger on her and promptly kicks Lauren out of the house.

Max steps in and shouts at carol "Lauren didn't kill your son he drank himself to death. Where did he learn to do that Carol? In the army. Why was he in the army? To get away from you, He couldn't stand you, So if anyone killed him Carol, it's you.".

An upset Carol leaves the house and then has the sad task of telling Billie's Dad Alan, but when the grieving Dad turns up on the square Carol can't face him and hides herself away.

Later on, Carol visits Dad Jim and when he looks her in the eye and tells Carol that he is always there for her Carol breaks down and finally grieves the loss of her son. meanwhile Lauren admits to sister Abby that she was in fact the last person to see Billie alive.

Later on Billie's Sergent drops off Billies personal items and passes on the Army's condolences, soon after while looking through Billie's box of personal belongings, Carol stumbles across his laptop where she finds a video clip of Billie and friend Connor singing about their Mothers. At the end of the song, Billie says Carol should fall over and die which understandably leaves Carol devastated.

While all this is going on a grieving Bianca finds out that randy neighbour Kim Fox snogged hubby Ricky at Billie's birthday bash.

Bianca Sees her on the square and vents all her rage on to a shocked Kim, but once she has calmed down she realises Ricky's kiss with the neighbour was nothing and decides to have a cup of tea with Kim and try to make amends.

When Kim offers Bianca support over the death of her brother, the two begin to bond and scrap the tea and opt for a bottle of rum instead but the drinking session infuriates Mum Carol after just losing her son to the dreaded drink.

Meanwhile, Whitney is also grief stricken at losing the love of her life, and even more so when she finds a text message from him saying he still loves her.

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Billie Jackson 1993

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Who Was Billie Jackson in Eastenders?

Devon Anderson played the role of Billie Jackson from 1993 to 1997.

He reprised the role of Billie Jackson in 2009 until 2010 when he was killed off in a binge drinking storyline.

Billie Jackson was the son of Carol and Alan Jackson, younger brother to Bianca, Robbie and Sonia, Grandson to Blossom Jackson, and Jim and Dot Branning, Nephew to Max Branning and Jack Branning, and Cousin to Lauren & Abi Branning, Bex Fowler and Amy Mitchell.

Memorable Storylines;

Christmas Day 1996, a young Billie is upset that his parents have separated and wont be spending Christmas together. Billie runs away from home and has all the residents out searching for him. Billie is later found hiding in an abandoned building.

In 1997, Billie and his Grandmother Blossom are at the Building Society when an armed robbery takes place, Billie witnesses a man being shot and killed and is the only person to have seen the men without their masks on.

Billie points the men out in a Police line-up which leads to their arrest. While awaiting the court trial, Billie and his family are intimidated by the gang, this quickly gets worse when Billie is kidnapped from school and thrown into the back of a van.

After days of not knowing where Billie was or if he was alive or dead, the police manage to find him safe, and the Jackson family are put into witness protection.

The Jackson family leave the square in October 1997.

Billie returns to Walford in 2004 for his Sister, Bianca's wedding and later moves back, along with his Mother after the death of his cousin Bradley.

Billie begins dating Bianca's adopted daughter, Whitney and it is soon revealed that Billie is part of a gang, and has been hiding a gun in the house.

Later, after a robbery at The Queen Vic Pub goes awry, Billie tells his gang members that he no longer wants to be involved with them.

Gang member Kylie, takes revenge on Billie, and attempts to shoot him, but shoots his Uncle Jack instead.

With Jack seriously ill in hospital, Billie makes the decision to join the army and turn his life around. Whitney agrees to wait for Billie while he is away on training.

After training, Billie returns to tell Whitney that he is dating a girl from the army, and ends things with Whitney, which results in a fight with her brother, Ryan.

In October 2010, Billie Jackson dies after binge drinking at his 22nd Birthday party. Whitney later discovers a text message from Billie that says he loves her and wants them to make a go of things.

Billie's family and friends say their final goodbyes at his funeral on the 29th October 2010.

© 2010 Zoey


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aysha on February 12, 2011:

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Zoey (author) from South England on October 24, 2010:

Thank you for your comments WestLondoner and Kazza, the story line was very upsetting and i agree that Eastenders was right to cover this story especially with all the pubs and nightclubs making alcohol so cheap at the moment this could so easily happen to somebody close to us. I have recently added some medical and reference books on the dangers of binge drinking.

kazza on October 24, 2010:

For all the people saying this is a stupid storyline and he couldn't handle his drink, this happens in real life. A girl I went to school with died at the age of 19, choked on her own vomit after a night of binge drinking, what a tragic and unnecessary waste of life. I think this is a highly important story line, and if it makes people think twice about getting out of their faces on alcohol then all the better.

WestLondoner on October 18, 2010:

If Eastenders' portrayal of the tragic consequences of binge drinking stop even one person from dying in this same manner, then the show is doing some good. I was moved to tears by Carol's grief. I can imagine any parent watching the show would have felt some grief.

Zoey (author) from South England on October 17, 2010:

your welcome :)

friend aysha on October 17, 2010:

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that s my video thanks so much

FreeStuff96 on October 16, 2010:

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aysha minhas on October 16, 2010:

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hello billie

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Maxi on October 15, 2010:

I agree with Richie (above) This storyline was so well executed, it does feel like a real person has died. I was on the edge of my seat. The reason he was killed this way is because they're trying to highlight binge drinking. I really take my hat off to the producers on this one. Maybe there are too many deaths in EE but this one was done particularly well.

Dee on October 14, 2010:

will they bring back Ben without his hearing aid as that wied as he meant have lost his hearing because he had meningitis as a young child. I dont watch eastender that often now as its all the same old stories on a roundabout.

lauren (eastendents) on October 13, 2010:

oh, please it's me lauren i entered this website just to say i hade to to what i was condicted to do i know what your thinking oh my god i hate her and so on but i love eastndent and i will do anything to have my my fans back oh and i hope you enjoy Thursay's eastenders LOVE NICK):d....

Zoey (author) from South England on October 12, 2010:

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Dani on October 12, 2010:

I Can't Belive Billie Is Dead I Think Its Unfair Of max Saying Why Does He Drink "Cause He Joined The Army" Well My husbands In the Army And I Live the Army Life People Think All Squaddies Just Go Out Drinking, Never Mind Them Going Out And Fighting For Our Country!!!

insider on October 12, 2010:

the new lauren is a relative of the exec producer, and the new ben and lucy are said to be two of her best friends from drama school. therefore 3 good actors gone and replaced by a poor new lauren and probably a poor ben and lucy just because of links. disgraceful.

Mark on October 12, 2010:

they killed him off because there isn't allowed more than one person with the same name in a soap, how stupid! they shouldn't have casted him in the first place! and for the people who keep saying he can't handle his drink, he infact died because someone planted something in his drink, which poisoned and killed him.

eastendhitman on October 12, 2010:

yeah its his fault stupid idiot can't handel his drink

claire on October 12, 2010:

omg billy is dead poor guy it aint his fault

Nicky on October 11, 2010:

Just watched this after a night out, binge drinking!, makes me worry about going to sleep! Clearly the message works for the target market, wish I watched it before I went out now! Binge drinking is never a good thing, says me drunk on a Monday! but then again why does society in general think the weekend is a time to go mad. Monday, Saturday whatever at the end of the day you suffer the same. Maybe call the actionline if your still drinking in the morning though! On a more relaxed note, how awful is the new lauren, im guessing shes related to one of the producers or something, otherwise casting got desperate. Be safe!

Debra G on October 11, 2010:

did billy jackson's death need to be done? just seems like another pointless opportunity for death in albert square to me. axe the producer and script writers, and then search their houses. wouldn't be surprised if they butchered there own families considering how obsessed they are with death. corrie is way better than crappy, unrealistic, death obsessed eastenders.

selisa on October 11, 2010:

eastenders really put a good spin on the story of billie jackson, i thought he was going to die in the army.

Shame that he had to go so soon though. Just as he got back, i can't wait to see Alan,Billies dad again though.

Paul Holden on October 11, 2010:

Has anyone phoned that action line yet?

‘If you’ve been affected with Billy Jackson’s storyline’.

Probably the worst episode of EE ever!

This storyline would have fitted alcoholic (and a month of drugs) Phil Mitchell, than soldier boy Billy Jackson. I think Billy dieing in Afghanistan would have been more realistic.

Richie on October 11, 2010:

@JO Because only good looking people deserve to live? Wow, you sound like a lovely person.

This was the first ever Eastenders death where they took the whole issue seriously and really showed the whole event from one persons perspective. I think it was an extreamly powerful episode and one that I have no doubt kept people on the edge of their seats. Billy's mother, Carol was always going to be the one most effected by his death and the hole episoded followed her. Hat's off to the actress, see really brought the reality of the death of a loved one to our screens. I could actually feel what she was experiencing on the phone with the numbing horror of hearing them words, 'he's dead'

I actually felt like someone had died while watching this, a great episode but very disturbing too.

Becki on October 11, 2010:

OMG It Was Sooo Sad. Sooo Can't Belive They Got Rid Off Billy, I Was Crying My Eyes Out x

tee on October 11, 2010:

so sad billie is gone.totally devastated...luv u billie!!!!

jo on October 11, 2010:

Billy was so hot why not kill off Ian Beale he is a minger

sherlock on October 11, 2010:

has the death definitely got nothing to do with Connor?

timmy titch on October 11, 2010:

i wud like to c enders do a big storyline that dont involve death.

lissy on October 11, 2010:

Any GROWN UP that's watched this will be moved by the storyline ... the media bangs on about drugs being dangerous when all the time the biggest killers are givernment sponsored and abused legally and daily ... carols grief was tangible... the actress was clearly drawing on her own experience of grief.. powerful stuff. well done easties .. again

sam on October 11, 2010:

see i think he's been on the drugs like the new one "bubble" etc and i think he's had a bad turn off it

kerry on October 11, 2010:

ye but what actualy caused his death. n shut up 2 many deaths everyday ppl die in real life n i fink they shud show stuf like this cuz they offer help after for ppl suferin with same issues

chelsea benn on October 11, 2010:

i loveeeee billyy!!!!!!

TITO on October 11, 2010:


gideon spume on October 11, 2010:

what a lightweight. Typical shandy-drinking southern pansy.

One would have thought a soldier would be better at drinking booze than that.

Sarah on October 11, 2010:

Glad he died, he was a crap actor, that's why he didn't last long in hollyoaks either!!!

isha oamr on October 11, 2010:

I can't believe billy is going to die he is the hottest boy in EastEnders I can't believe it its going to be boring with out him he is buffffffff im going to miss him love billxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sam on October 10, 2010:

i like eastenders but yeah too many deaths are ruining it

MR WEST HAM on October 10, 2010:

New lauren is a worser actor than the previous one. i dread to think what the new ben and lucy are like. i bet ben is like twice as tall, about two years older, and hard as nails. eastenders is one f*ucked up programme. 2005 was its last great year. when it does end it will probably be a storyline involving alien invasion or all of the dead characters rising from the grave to finnish it off.

the miz on October 10, 2010:

didn't brookside get axed bcos of character death overload? eastenders will go the same way and b gone in ten years time. serves the beeb right for letting retards run the soap.

aysha minhas on October 10, 2010:

happy brithday billie

party family jacksons and branning

friend aysha on October 10, 2010:

people miss billie jackson

billie friend connor

on monday,11th of october

Thank you

friend whitney dean

friend aysha minhas on October 10, 2010:

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Zoey (author) from South England on October 09, 2010:

Thank you for comments guys, i have just added an update above, and included the video spoiler :)

alfie on October 09, 2010:

Shut up sally this is a good think the amonut of deaths will scare people and show them wot to do and wot not to do!

sally on October 08, 2010:

Yawn! another eastenders death. when are bbc going to employ people with ideas instead of letting lazy and retarded kids produce and write the soap???

Gaz on October 08, 2010:

Eastenders have had over 50 character deaths in just the last 10 years, and as a result deaths have absolutely no impact in the soap anymore. Also it has killed the soaps realism and continues to makes the soaps producers look like total head cases. Billy's death may attempt to send a message out regarding binge drinking but it wont work and no one will care due to the fact there are deaths every 10 minutes in Eastenders.

Louise on October 08, 2010:

He dies after the party tonight. Bianca finds him dead on the sofa in the morning on Monday's 11th of October episode, she thinks he's sleeping it off at first.

Laura on October 08, 2010:

aww. i knew that he was going to die but this is so sad. :( do u no when he's gonna die??? :) x

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