Former EastEnders star Sam Strike once played Leatherface in Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel

Former EastEnders stars have had a habit of making surprising reappearances this week, so now it’s time to throw another one into the mix.

It may be known to some Sam Strike fans, but the fact that Danny Dyer’s on-screen son played serial killer Leatherface in a Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel is worth pointing out. Again.

Yes, Sam originally appeared in EastEnders as the first Johnny Carter, before leaving the soap in 2014 and moving on to much darker things.

In the film, which serves as a prequel to the original 1974 slasher The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Sam played Jackson, born Jedidiah Sawyer, who later becomes Leatherface.

Yes, that is the guy who wears people’s faces as masks.

In an interview with, Sam admitted that he didn’t want his version of a young Leatherface to be too similar to Gunnar Hansen’s original portrayal.

“I greatly respect what Gunnar Hansen especially did. There is something very beautiful of what he did,” he said, before admitting he took his own route with the character.

“I tried to take little influence of what he did, but I didn’t get too weighed down with it.”

We wonder how much of Johnny Carter went into his performance…

EastEnders continues tonight (April 27) at 8pm on BBC One.

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