EastEnders schoolboy Denzel Danes played by Jaden Ladega is set to be at the centre of a new storyline later this year, as the soap will explore dependency on anabolic steroids.

The BBC series will begin to show the teenager struggling with his body image after developing an obsession with exercise.

Due to this, viewers will see Denzel being introduced to steroids and how this affects his wellbeing.

Fans will also watch as he attempts to hide his steroid usage from those close to him as things escalate when he imposes heavier restrictions on his diet and exercise regime.

The storyline will also focus on how social media influences his perception of his body image and his mental health.

The new plot has seen EastEnders team up with the charity WithYou, which offers support with alcohol, drugs and mental health, and people with experience of the issues were consulted to help portray the subject accurately.

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said: “It was imperative for us to work alongside WithYou and individuals with lived experiences of steroid usage to accurately present and portray Denzel’s storyline.

“Jaden’s performance has thoughtfully portrayed the isolating realities of a steroid dependency as we explore how social media has an impact on his perception of body image and the affects that anabolic steroid misuse are having on the youth of today.”

When will  Denzel Danes’ anabolic steroids misuse storyline air on EastEnders?

Denzel’s latest storyline involving the “isolating realities of a steroid dependency” will air on EastEnders in the spring.

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The lead clinical pharmacist at WithYou, Abigail Wilson, added: “It is really important that this type of storyline highlights the character’s journey and the risks they may face in a realistic way.

“It has been amazing to work alongside the EastEnders team, and I really hope that this storyline will help and encourage people affected by similar challenges to access support, from WithYou or another substance misuse support service.”

If you have been affected by any issues mentioned in this article, please visit WithYou for more advice and information.

EastEnders continues on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 7.30pm tonight (March 5).