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Denise Fox in EastEnders: murders, marriages and mistakes!

Denise has made some very bad decisions in her time on the Square!

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Denise Fox in EastEnders seems to be in deep trouble!

As one of The Six, Dee is right up to her neck in the murder of Keanu and Nish’s head injury – she was the one to whack Mr Panesar with the bottle, and she was there when Linda stabbed Keanu.

And this week, as the women dealt with Keanu’s body under the floorboards in the cafe, Denise had a horrifying moment when she fell into the hole where the corpse lay. URGH.

But that wasn’t the half of it – after the women had covered the body with concrete, viewers saw Denise’s distinctive D necklace lying in the hole where Keanu’s corpse is.


What does this mean for Dee?

With things looking bleak for Ms Fox, we thought we’d recap what she’s been up to since she arrived in Albert Square in 2006, with her two daughters Chelsea and Libby and a whole lot of baggage!

Who is Denise Fox?

Since she came to Walford, Denise has been married twice, had many romances with men in the Square – some better looking than others – and even had a funeral.

Denise has definitely had a role in a lot of the show’s dramas in her time in EastEnders!

And now she’s at the centre of the drama after the shocking events of Christmas 2023.

So what’s her story?

EastEnders' Denise is looking suspicious
Is Denise the killer? (Credit: BBC)

Who plays Denise Fox in EastEnders?

Denise is played by experienced actress Diane Parish.

She had actually appeared in EastEnders before she took the role of Denise, as a nightclub singer called Lola Christie.

Before joining EastEnders, Denise played Eva Sharpe in The Bill and its spin-off MIT: Murder Investigation Team, as well as appearing in Lovejoy and Babyfather, for which she won a Best Actress Award at the RTS awards.

She was the first black actress to win a major RTS award.

Diane has two daughters with her ex-partner and got engaged to Gerry Zuccarello during lockdown .

EastEnders actress Diane Parish is engaged!
Diane has won awards for her acting (Credit: Brett D. Cove /

Who has Denise Fox been married to in EastEnders?

When she arrived in the Square, Denise had two ex-husbands and they were both trouble.

But she got together with Kevin Wicks and the pair settled down. Before long, though, Denise’s ex, Owen Turner – dad to Libby – arrived and immediately stirred things up.

He had been abusive and hadn’t changed. When he tried to kidnap Libby, he was arrested and sent to prison.

Denise and Kevin got married, and they were happy for a while until Kevin got involved with the Mitchells and died when he was trying to destroy some dodgy cars.

Heartbroken Denise left the Square, and when she returned she wasn’t pleased to discover her daughter Chelsea had got back in touch with her dad, Lucas.

What happened with Denise and Lucas Johnson?

Lucas was a former drug addict, turned preacher, and he was adamant he’d changed.

Denise fell for his charms and proposed, but he was already married to Trina.

And when Trina and Lucas met up, he accidentally killed her – putting him on to a demonic path into the EastEnders history books.

Everyone thought Trina had died from an overdose, and with her dead, Lucas and Denise began planning their wedding.

But when Owen was released from prison and started making trouble, Lucas killed him, too!

Lucas Denise EastEnders
Lucas kidnapped Denise (Credit: BBC/YouTube)

Murder horror!

When his body was discovered months later, Lucas confessed to Denise. And as if that wasn’t enough, he kidnapped her.

Viewers – and everyone in Albert Square – thought Denise was dead.

Lucas murdered a prostitute and identified her as Denise, and held a funeral for her.

Eventually, it was revealed Lucas was holding Denise prisoner! Dramatic stuff.

Lucas reared his head again when he was released from prison at the end of 2020, and showed up in Albert Square. Thankfully, he’s now back inside.

Denise funeral Lucas
Murderer Lucas held a funeral for Denise, knowing she wasn’t dead (Credit: BBC/YouTube)

Denise and Jack Branning

Dee and Jack were one of the relationships that progressed off-screen when filming on EastEnders was paused during the pandemic.

But since then, they’ve tied the knot and for a while they were happy.

But with stepdaughter Amy struggling with self-harm, and step-son Ricky becoming a dad even though he’s only a child himself, things have been more than a little fraught chez-Fox-Branning.

When raunchy Ravi caught her eye. Denise managed to resist – though Jack was fuming when he found out. And now Mr Branning himself has cheated with Stacey Slater – it’s all a bit tit-for-tat!

Who else has Denise Fox dated?

Denise has got a bit of a history on the Square! She had some intimate encounters with the much-missed Fatboy, as well as Kush Kazemi.

She also dated Ian Beale. That relationship ended when she found out he’d slept with Rainie Cross, later Rainie Highway, on the night his daughter Lucy was murdered.

Denise had a one-night stand with Phil Mitchell and got pregnant (Credit: BBC)

What went on with Denise and Phil Mitchell?

Denise had a drunken one-night stand with Phil Mitchell, before she got together with Kush.

Phil didn’t remember their night together, and Denise wanted to forget all about it. But she later discovered she was pregnant and Phil was the daddy.

She had the baby in January 2017 – a boy – and put him up for adoption. Phil, who’d found out he was the dad, objected at first, but later agreed. The little lad’s adoptive parents named him Raymond.

In September 2020, Raymond’s parents and sister were killed in a car accident. When Denise heard about the crash, she sneaked into the hospital to see her son and met his grandmother Ellie Nixon.

Ellie was Raymond’s adoptive grandmother (Credit: BBC)

Phil began visiting Raymond, too, and the boy’s parents began to bond with him.

It turned out that Ellie was a nasty piece of work with more criminal contacts than the Mitchell family and an eye for a deal. She tried to sell the little boy to Phil.

Phil, Denise and Jack managed to double-cross evil Ellie and get Raymond back to the Square.

D's necklace with Keanu's body
Denise lost her necklace when she fell in Keanu’s grave (Credit: BBC)

Will Denise Fox be accused of being the Christmas killer?

With D’s necklace snuggled next to Keanu’s corpse, things don’t look good for Ms Fox!

Will she take the blame for the Christmas murder? Stranger things have happened in Albert Square!

Read more: Who’s leaving EastEnders in 2024?

EastEnders usually airs Monday to Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC One

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Kerry Barrett
Freelance Soap Writer