EastEnders Mel Owen’s biggest moments: Ian Beale wedding, kidnap and family tragedy

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Mel Owen died on EastEnders in surprise scenes on Thursday, with the character killed off moments after surviving an explosion.

After a car chase with Sharon Mitchell she ended up crashing, but was pulled out of the vehicle moments before it blew up.

In a twist though, Mel headed back to the burning car claiming she could hear her dead son Hunter inside.

She walked into the path of an incoming lorry and was killed instantly, marking an end to the character’s time on the BBC soap.

Tamzin Outhwaite returned in January 2018 after around 16 years away – having left the Square back in 2002 – while she always revealed she wouldn’t be sticking around for too long.

After almost a two-year stint back on the show, fans witnessed the character die – but what were her biggest moments on the show since her debut in 1998?



EastEnders aired Mel Owen’s shock death

 

Disastrous wedding to Ian Beale

Back in 1999 as the Millennium was about to arrive, Mel tied the knot with Ian Beale.

She only married him out of guilt after he told her his daughter Lucy had cancer.



Mel and Ian’s wedding didn’t go to plan

But she soon discovered the truth moments after saying “I do”, leading to one of the most iconic splits of all time.

After confronting him during the fireworks, as Walford residents counted in January 2000, she told him: “Well guess what Ian, I don’t love you and I never have done.”

She then stormed her way down George Street in her wedding dress, tearing her tiara from her head.

Dan Sullivan kidnap horror

After Phil Mitchell was shot outside his home, there were five key suspects including Mel Owen’s husband Steve.

But Steve set up criminal Dan Sullivan for the crime with him also a suspect.



Dan kidnapped Mel

Dan retaliated by kidnapping Mel and holding her hostage in a week of dramatic episodes – Phil Mitchell was on hand to rescue her.

The scenes saw Mel be told by Dan all about Steve’s dodgy dealings and criminal lifestyle, leaving her horrified.

Demise of Steve Owen and iconic exit

Steve Owen was killed off in the soap in an explosion, as a result of him crashing his car after being chased by Phil Michell in 2002.

He had baby Louise in the back of the car, and while he remained trapped in the wreckage he managed to save little Lou by passing her to Phil.



Steve Owen was killed in 2002

But seconds later the car burst into flames killing him, leaving wife Mel distraught.

Shortly after this Mel turned against everyone in Walford and learnt of her husband’s betrayal with Sam Mitchell – she also found out Lisa was Phil’s shooter despite Steve being blamed.



Mel left shortly after Steve’s death

Mel soon found herself caught up in a drug smuggling crime thanks to late husband Steve who had implicated her – and with the police on her case she had to leave the Square.

Helped by Phil who gave her £30,000 after finding out she was pregnant with Steve’s baby, she left to start a new life.

Lisa Fowler friendship

One of the best and most-loved friendships ever on the Square is that of Lisa Fowler and Mel Owen.

They helped each other when in need, including Mel’s attempts to get Lisa to Portugal with baby Louise to escape Phil.



Mel and Lisa have been friends for years

Their friendship was revisited this year when Lisa made her return, and fans were loving it.

Wedding showdown with husband Ray

New Year’s Day 2019 saw Mel’s latest wedding to partner Ray Kelly end in death.

She had rumbled the fact he had two other partners and decided to steal everything from him.



Mel and Hunter tried to escape Ray



Hunter shot and killed Ray

But Ray learned this on their wedding day and strangled her, believing he had killed her.

A bruised Mel showed up at the ceremony though and the pair were wed only for him to be arrested for bigamy when the police showed up – he later kidnapped her son Hunter before she could carry out her plans.

Ray then tried to kill Mel again in the woods, but was shot dead by Hunter.

The Vic siege and Hunter’s death

Most recently Mel faced heartache on the Square as her teenage son Hunter Owen was shot dead by police – she had been hiding him after he escaped prison.

He almost killed Ben Mitchell, while also risking the lives of Louise Mitchell and Keanu Taylor, as he held everyone hostage in The Queen Vic.



Mel never got over son Hunter’s death



Hunter Owen died after the siege

After shooting Ben and Keanu, he then turned the gun on pregnant Louise leading to armed police shooting him.

Mel cradled her dead son in her arms and broke down, while she never got over losing him ahead of her own death.

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.



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