EastEnders: Ian Beale and Rainie Cross history revisited as the truth leaves Bobby distraught

EastEnders: Ian Beale and Rainie Cross history revisited as the truth leaves Bobby distraught

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EASTENDERS’ troubled Bobby Beale is about to find out the whole truth about what happened between his dad, Ian, and Rainie Cross on the night he killed his sister, Lucy.

But while Bobby – who’s played by Clay Milner Russell – will struggle when he learns all the gruesome details, let’s remind ourselves about what went down.

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EastEnders’ Bobby Beale will found out his dad, Ian, paid Raine for sex
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What happened between Ian and Rainie when Lucy was killed?

When EastEnders legend Lucy Beale was killed by Bobby, Ian (Adam Woodyatt) actually was one of the prime suspects for a while as his whereabouts on the night on question was, erm, questionable.

During this time, a stressed Ian kept avoiding calls from someone called R on his phone.

It turned out that Rainie was the mysterious R and she was actually blackmailing Ian as she had some pretty crucial information about where he was the night his daughter was killed.

Actress Tanya Franks made a surprise appearance at Ian’s restaurant, telling him she was there because he was clearly having trouble picking up the phone.

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EastEnders’ Bobby Beale is played by <span style="font-weight: 400">Clay Milner Russell</span>
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But what did she know?

It could only be bad news because, up until this point, Rainie – who is the sister of Max Branning’s ex-wife, Tanya – caused nothing but trouble.

She was a drug addict, getting Phil Mitchell hooked on crack cocaine. She was also a prostitute.

And this – it was soon revealed – was how she knew where Ian was that fateful Good Friday. He was paying her for sex. 

At the time, Ian was engaged to Denise Fox (yes, that happened) and Rainie threatened to reveal the truth to her and to Lucy’s grieving twin brother, Peter.


Rainie told Patrick Truman that Ian was using her services, which caused the old timer to suffer a stroke.

Meanwhile, Ian turned to Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) who helped him stand up to Rainie. While they were trying to find her on the streets, Mick got arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

Mick was less than impressed about Ian’s mistake costing him his good name – not to mention Linda’s wrath.

Eventually the truth came out when Rainie told Denise the truth, clearing Mick’s name but ending Ian’s engagement to Denise.

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