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"Hey, can I give you one final tip? [...] Don't bother to retire, it's too much old graft. There's always one that drags you back. Enjoy your flight!".
~ Johnny Allen before killing his gangland rival Andy Hunter for attempting to swindle Johnny's £750,000 in a criminal transaction between them.

Jonathan "Johnny" Allen is a fictional character and recurring antagonist of the BBC British soap opera EastEnders. He served as the show's primary antagonist throughout 2005 and 2006.

He was an aggressive businessman and a psychopathic gangland boss who relentlessly inflicted his reign of terror upon several other characters in Albert Square and went to extreme lengths in order to maintain the upper hand over those around him - specifically against the Mitchell family due to his personal history with him. Arguably one of the show's most dangerous and ruthless villains to date of all-time, Johnny's most notable crimes were murdering fellow crime lord Andy Hunter and ordering the death of hardman Dennis Rickman. He was also one of the biggest enemies of the square's two undisputed career criminals Phil Mitchell and his brother Grant Mitchell, both respectively known as "The Mitchell Brothers".

He was portrayed by Billy Murray, who played Don Beech in The Bill, and also voiced Captain Price in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series.

Biography

Background

Born to and raised by an impoverished family in the 1940s, Johnny Allen was educated and grew up in Walford - becoming familiar with fellow local residents such as the Beale Family as well as infamous publican Den Watts. At an early age, he became a boxer and quickly became involved with the gangland underworld; by the early 50s, he was an up-and-coming gangster and employer to well-known prostitute Pat Harris, with whom he had several flings with until she went on to marry Pete Beale in 1961.

By the late 60s, Johnny had fellow boxer Eric Mitchell under his employment. Jealous at Eric for being a more talented boxer than himself, Johnny began bullying him, starting a strong feud between the two men. Eric's wife Peggy, fed up with her husband's abuse, tried to seduce Johnny, but he rejected her. Peggy went on to blame Johnny for Eric's violent ways, as the former's bullying was what caused the latter to take his frustrations out on her. Eventually, Johnny became notorious in London's underworld for his frequent use of torture and murder, even on his own employees. His actions included cutting the fingers off a prostitute's hand, and assaulting a man who misspelled a word on a birthday cake, which he took as a sign of disrespect.

In order to expand his business empire, J.A. Enterprises, Johnny left Walford some time around the early 70s, but still carried out criminal jobs from his mansion in Essex. Some time later, he married a woman named Stephanie, and together they had two daughters, Scarlet (born in 1986) and Ruby (born in 1988). However, in 1994, Johnny began an affair with a bar maid under his employment, Tina Stewart, despite being many years her elder. Tragedy struck the Allen family in March 2004, when an arson attack committed by one of Johnny's criminal rivals killed Stephanie and Scarlet. Johnny attempted to rescue Scarlet, but ended up saving Ruby instead, and he subsequently sent her away to boarding school.

EastEnders

Johnny first appeared in Walford in 2005 to sort out his two henchmen, brothers Jake Moon and Danny Moon, for failing to deliver a package on his behalf. He takes care of their situation and assigns the brothers to remain in Walford with their cousin Alfie, before later arranging for them to work for their enemy Andy Hunter - the current gangland boss of Albert Square as well as leader of The Firm.

He soon began to appear more frequently upon helping the two brothers deal with their problems and keeping them out of trouble. Johnny eventually bought the nightclub "Angie's Den" and the snooker club next door - which he merged together and renamed "Scarlet" after his deceased daughter. Additionally, he loaned several cars to the Ferreira family's minicab firm, Toucan Cars. When three of those cars were stolen, Johnny ordered the family to leave Walford or face repercussions. After they left, he bought and moved into the flat they had resided in.

As he settles himself in Walford once more, Johnny begins to practically usurp Andy from his status as the square's reigning crime boss. At one point he exposes Andy's involvement in the death of Paul Trueman that causes most residents to resent Andy for this, which Johnny opportunistically uses to further escalate his own credibility. Eventually, Andy plans to get one over Johnny by doing a runner with his £750,000 in a gangland transaction between them. However, after Andy's henchmen Eddie betrays his boss by revealing to Johnny his plans to do so, Johnny catches Andy out and takes him for a "conversation" ona motorway bridge. They seemingly part ways with a handshake, before Johnny then suddenly shoves Andy off the bridge to his death.

Following Andy's death, which was incorrectly ruled out as a suicide, Johnny placed Danny and Jake under his employment as doormen at Scarlet - but Danny soon became angry when Johnny refused to take him seriously and stole his business ideas, such as organizing a Salsa night. When the two brothers attempted to supply the club with stolen alcohol, Johnny fired them; this, coupled with never receiving any credit for his ideas, caused Danny to set Johnny's home on fire in a drunken rage. Johnny hunted Danny and Jake down and prepared to kill the former, but the latter pleaded for their lives; Johnny agreed to let them live, on the condition that they left Walford and never returned. However, Jake proceeded to return the following September, but explained that he was there for personal reasons - so Johnny allowed him to stay.

In March 2005, Ruby ran away from boarding school and traveled to Walford to look after her father. When his mistress Tina Stewart arrived in Walford, she and Johnny recommenced their relationship. Ruby was initially upset upon discovering the two were together, as Tina had previously nearly run her over, but she eventually accepted Tina and the three of them began living together as a family. However, Johnny soon grew tired of Tina and began another affair with Amy, a bartender at Scarlet. Ruby discovered the affair and informed Tina, and the latter left Walford in response. When Peggy returns, she and Johnny become sworn enemies after he outbids her offer for The Queen Victoria public house. She later goes to expose Johnny's past crimes before Ruby abruptly walks in on her father, which causes her to learn the truth about Johnny as well as the possibility that he was to blame for the deaths of her mother and sister.

Later on, Johnny plans to have Peggy mugged in retribution for turning Ruby against him. This is foiled, however, when Peggy's two hardman sons Phil Mitchell and Grant Mitchell rescue her at the last second. The Mitchell Brothers then confront Johnny to warn him off, but he instead declares war on the Mitchell family - up to the point where he later sacks Peggy's nephew Billy Mitchell for conspiring with his family against him. In November 2005, Johnny learns via Scarlet's CCTV footage that Jake's girlfriend and Chrissie Watts had killed her husband Den on the same night Andy was killed; however, Chrissie has recently framed Peggy's daughter Sam Mitchell for Den's murder after failing to implicate Sam's friend Zoe Slater for the crime. Johnny soon intents to provoke the Mitchells by revealing the tape's existence to Billy as he is being sacked. Billy promptly informs Phil and Grant about this, which leads to them confronting Johnny in the nightclub. The Mitchell Brothers fight Johnny and steal the tape, but he holds them at gunpoint and threatens to shoot the two. The standoff is thereupon defused when Ruby walks to reconcile with her father. She convinces Johnny to let the Mitchell Brothers go, and he does so; Johnny's allowance to let Phil and Grant so results in them using the tape to exonerate Sam and have Chrissie arrested for Den's murder before she is then imprisoned.

Towards the end of 2005, Johnny's feud with Phil escalates. At one point Phil bribes store worker Juley Smith to date Ruby and then dump her, much to Johnny's annoyance. The ongoing conflict between them soon involves Phil's lover Sharon and her husband Dennis Rickman, whom Johnny also begins feuding with since Dennis was Andy's only friend at the time he was still around. At a Christmas party where Johnny loses his temper with everyone, Dennis humiliates him by throwing him out and mocking him on the street. Sharon later visits Johnny to try and defuse the situation between him and Dennis. When he appears to not be listening, Sharon calls him pathetic. Johnny then throttles Sharon, confesses that he killed Andy, and threatens to have Dennis killed unless he and Sharon leave Walford by the new year. Sharon later confides to Phil about Johnny's threat.

Phil later tells Dennis that Johnny killed Andy and throttled Sharon in order to get revenge on their shared enemy before the new year ends. At first Dennis refuses, stating that he wishes to move on from his criminal life after having murdered his old gangland boss Jack Dalton in the past. But Phil eventually goads Dennis to take revenge on Johnny for Sharon. That night, Dennis confronts Johnny and beats him up in his nightclub. Johnny survives and calls Danny back to Walford to have him kill Dennis; as the New Year celebrates commence, Dennis was stabbed by Danny and died on Albert Square in Sharon's arms. Soon afterwards, Johnny and Ruby left Walford and moved back to Essex on 19 January 2006 - with Johnny forcing Ruby to cut ties with her best-friend Stacey Slater whilst he himself cuts ties with his old acquaintance Pat Evans.

Get Johnny Week

The following March, Phil and Grant managed to track Johnny down to his mansion in order to exact revenge for Dennis' murder. During their attack, Johnny kept Ruby in a safe room where she accidentally discovered that Johnny was an alcoholic. Angered, she left him to Phil while she had a heart to heart talk with Grant, who she revealed to about Phil baying Julie to date her. Angered, Grant confronted Phil, allowing Johnny to get away and resulting in a car chase. The brothers squabbling allowed Johnny to capture them, and he ordered Danny to kill them both. Danny led the two into the woods to shoot them, but he was suddenly shot and killed by his brother Jake. Ruby discovered the true extent of Johnny's crime and called the police, threatening to disown her father if he did not confess to all of them. Johnny agreed and surrendered himself to the authorities. He was subsequently charged for all the murders he committed, including that of Andy and Dennis respectively; Johnny is later sentenced to life in prison with the recommended minimum of 27 years.

While in prison, Johnny had Jake look after Ruby for him. Ruby began to date Stacey's hotheaded brother Sean Slater, who begins clashing with Jake after the latter realizes that Sean was only interested in her for her money. This continues as Sean deceives Ruby into believing that Jake was trying to get in the way of their relationship and she even told him that Jake was the one who killed Danny. With Sean now having a hold over him, Jake called Johnny in prison in October to inform him of Sean's actions. Johnny arranged to for Sean to visit him in prison, hoping to intimidate him into no longer seeing Ruby. However, Sean simply taunted him, calling him a worn out has-been and declaring there was nothing he could do to stop him seeing Ruby. Furious, Johnny almost attacked Sean, but stopped when security attempted to intervene.

Following the visit, an enraged Johnny attempting to phone Jake to order him to kill Sean, but suddenly suffered a heart attack before he could dial. As his cellmate asked him who he wanted dead, Johnny, believing Jake was on the phone, whispered "Jake...kill him for me..." before falling unconscious. Misinterpreting Johnny's words, his cellmate believed that Jake was the man he wanted dead. Johnny was rushed to hospital, but succumbed to his heart attack and died, while Jake was subsequently confronted by a stranger as he left Walford; his ultimate fate was never revealed.