Tony McCluskie, 35, will face a trial on 14 January at the Old Bailey where the issue will be whether it was murder or manslaughter.

The torso of Miss McCluskie, 29, was found in Regent?s Canal, east London, on 6 March. More body parts have since been removed from the canal.

The actress played Kerry Skinner in the BBC soap in 2001.

Mr McCluskie, of Pelter Street, is accused of killing her sometime between 29 February and 6 March.

She was last seen on 1 March at the opening of the ?650m Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Family and friends had appealed for help in finding her, including her former co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella.?BBC

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