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Perry Fenwick unsure whether he'll celebrate 20 years on EastEnders

Perry Fenwick has sparked rumours he might be the latest actor to be axed from EastEnders.

Perry Fenwick has yet to have his EastEnders contract renewed.

The 54-year-old actor has been playing Billy Mitchell on the BBC soap for the past 19 years. But he is unsure whether he will be given the opportunity to celebrate 20 years on the programme.

"I joined in 1998 so I’ve been on EastEnders for 19 years," he told Woman's Own magazine. "But I’m not sure if I’ll still be there for my 20th year.

"It’s up to the bosses. They’ve got to offer me another contract."

Billy has been involved in several major story lines since he first arrived in Albert Square in November, 1998. He has also starred on programmes such as The Bill and Inspector Morse, but admits he doesn't know what the acting world would hold for him if he was axed from EastEnders.

"It would be strange not being there. I had a good career before I was there but that was two generations ago," he added. "I’ve been at EastEnders for so long."

Perry's new interview has sparked fears among fans that Billy could be the next major character to be axed from the show. Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell, played by Samantha Womack and Rita Simons respectively, were among those who exited the programme last year (16), alongside Masood Ahmed, played by Nitin Ganatra, who was the last member of the Ahmed clan to leave the show.

However, there have also been several former EastEnders stars returning to Walford. The latest is Dean Gaffney, who will be reprising his role as Robbie Jackson later this year (17).

One person who has ruled out even returning to the soap is Patsy Palmer, who played Bianca Jackson, Robbie's half-sister.

"To be honest, I’m nearly 45 - I just feel like I don’t…There’s so much that you don’t do when you’re in Elstree (Studios) for 20 years on and off," Patsy said during a recent interview on Loose Women. "You could never go in for one episode."

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