List of EastEnders characters (2008)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2008, by order of first appearance. All characters were introduced by executive producer Diederick Santer. Santer introduced four characters in January, Mr Lister, a new market inspector; Christian Clarke, the brother of Jane Beale and two members of the Branning family, Selina and Penny. In March, he introduced Jalil Iqbal, a new love interest for Shabnam Masood and in April he introduced Ricky Butcher's fiancée, Melinda as well as Bianca Jackson's children, Whitney, Morgan and Tiffany. Also in April he introduced Denise Johnson's ex-husband, Lucas Johnson, and Opal Smith, the aunt of Gus and Juley Smith. In May he extended the Johnson family and introduced Lucas's son, Jordan as well as introducing Brenda Boyle, a new love interest for Charlie Slater. In July, he introduced two members of the long-established Mitchell family, Archie Mitchell and Danielle Jones. In August, he introduced Callum Monks, the son of Vinnie and in September, Tony King, arrived as the partner of Bianca, and Poppy Merritt, the new GP of Walford. November saw the only birth of the year, Amy Mitchell, the child of Roxy Mitchell and Jack Branning. The final introduction of the year was Dotty, Nick Cotton's daughter.


Mr Lister[edit]

Mr Lister
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Nick Wilton
Duration 2008–13
First appearance 3 January 2008
Last appearance 7 June 2013
Introduced by Diedrick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Market inspector

Robert "Bob" Lister,[1] usually referred to as Mr Lister, played by Nick Wilton, is the market inspector at Bridge Street market, the successor of Marie Matthews (Susan Cruse). He makes his first appearance on 3 January 2008, but his first name is not revealed until 7 June 2013, his last appearance.[2] Mr Lister was replaced off-screen with Aleks Shirov (Kristian Kiehling).[3]

In his first appearance, Mr. Lister sacks his assistant, Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements).[4] He appears on a recurring basis thereafter, his next appearance being when Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) seeks approval for a new stall, which Mr. Lister accepts. In August 2008, Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) gets a job as the market cleaner but Mr. Lister sacks him when he loses his cart. In October 2008, Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) phones him because Danielle Jones (Lauren Crace) is selling stolen nightwear on the clothes stall. In May 2009, Mr. Lister closes down Stacey Slater's (Lacey Turner) stall and in September that year, he closes it again and gives it to Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott). In February 2010, Stacey and her friend Becca Swanson (Simone James) decide to set up a stall but Mr. Lister turns them down as he does not like Stacey. Becca dresses up and pretends to be from Walford Council and tells Mr. Lister that Stacey has lodged a complaint against him and makes legal threats. Mr. Lister then gives Stacey her stall.

In April 2010, Mr. Lister is seen investigating Fatboy's (Ricky Norwood) van, as Fatboy is trying to sell T-shirts from the vehicle without a market license. In May 2010, Syed Masood (Marc Elliott) asks Mr. Lister if he can start a market stall, and Mr. Lister suggests a mobile phone stall, whilst having a drink with Syed, Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons) refuses to serve Syed, Mr. Lister interprets this as racism. In October 2010, Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) squirts water at him, so he orders Stacey to discipline or sack Kat, but Stacey refuses and squirts him as well, so he revokes Stacey's market traders' licence. In March 2011, Mr. Lister offers Fatboy a month's trial on his own stall after Fatboy and Mo Harris (Laila Morse) argue over it.

In April 2011, he complains to Billy that his stall is in the wrong position, but Billy says nobody cares. Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) asks for her stall back, and they get chatting. He moans about his life as he gets abused by stallholders regularly, and his wife has left him so he rarely sees his two children. He then invites Whitney for a drink and comforts her saying that her stepfather, Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen), is doing what is best for her. Mr. Lister gets up to leave but falls onto Whitney, so Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) threatens him and calls him a pervert. In May, Denise Fox (Diane Parish) asks Mr. Lister to get involved with Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) but Mr. Lister says he has no say over the shop, which Patrick owns. In June, Whitney and Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) ask Mr. Lister for a stall, but he is reluctant as Whitney lost a stall for not paying her rent. However, he agrees as long as the owed rent is paid and a month's rent is paid in advance. In July, Mr. Lister issues Fatboy with a warning for kicking his own stall, but Fatboy decides to abandon his stall before he can be disciplined. He warns Eddie Moon (David Essex) about flytipping, and is threatened by Eddie's son Tyler (Tony Discipline). Lister later accepts a bribe from Eddie. In November, Mr. Lister appears following reports that someone is selling Dutch Father Christmas toys, and asks Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) if he knows anything. Alfie denies this, although it is his relatives Tyler and Anthony Moon (Matt Lapinskis) who have done it. Anthony asks Fatboy to change them so they no longer speak Dutch, and when Lister sees Fatboy with one, it plays a jingle in Fatboy's voice.

In April 2012, Mr. Lister complains to Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) that the rubbish from the café is overspilling into the market, so she angrily empties the rubbish into the street.[5] A few days later, Bianca attempts to steal a handbag belonging to a market seller. She is caught and in the struggle, Mr. Lister is injured after Bianca hits him. He calls the police, resulting in Bianca's arrest and imprisonment. It later emerges that he has taken out a restraining order against Bianca, meaning that she cannot go to the market or Bridge Street. In September, Mr. Lister threatens to call the police on Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), who is lying drunk in the street. Later that month, he reprimands Syed for not selling his usual stock. In November, Mr. Lister accuses Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell) of stealing a bag that he donated to the charity shop she manages. This leads to Cora being fired. Mr Lister goes to the salon for a haircut, where Bianca gives him a shampoo. It is awkward at first, but then they start to bond when they talk about their children, as Mr. Lister's daughter is getting married and he thinks he will feel left out at the wedding. Mr. Lister agrees to have the restraining order dropped and gives Bianca a £5 tip, accidentally leaving £20 behind. He later accuses Bianca of stealing it, but when it is found, he apologises and gives her the money.[6] In April 2013 Mr Lister temporarily bans Bianca and Kat from trading on the market after they play various pranks on him.[7] Kat pretends to seduce Lister and Bianca takes a photo of him with his trousers down, which they use to blackmail him to get their stall back.[8] In June, Mr. Lister speaks to Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) about his new restaurant and introduces him to Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy). Ian hopes that Danny will find someone to invest in his new business. Mr. Lister is replaced off-screen, by Aleks Shirov (Kristian Kiehling).[2][3] after apparently, being 'marched' off the premises by security officials for breaking the rules.

Development[edit]

In April 2013, when Bianca and Kat puts a note on Mr Lister's back saying "prat", Heat said, "we know Lister is a prat, and a pompous one at that, but you were never going to get away with it."[9] Wilton confirmed his departure on his website, adding that he was unable to film Mr Lister's departure scenes as planned, due to pantomime commitments.[2] Wilton said, "I originally went into the soap for three episodes that went out in January 2008, and ended up staying for 6 years, during which time I met some lovely people, had a lot of fun and a few really good storylines".[2]

Christian Clarke[edit]

Main article: Christian Clarke

Christian Clarke, played by John Partridge, is introduced to the show as a new gay character and the brother of Jane Beale (Laurie Brett) as the show's bosses had seen how popular Antony Cotton was in the role of Sean Tully in Coronation Street.[10] However, Partridge's character is not as camp as Cotton's, and is described as "very suave and a real charmer"[10] and a "savvy, bright character [who is] very fun."[11] He made his first appearance on 17 January 2008. His main storyline is having an affair with Muslim character Syed Masood (Marc Elliott), while Syed is engaged to Amira Shah (Preeya Kalidas).[12]

Ashley Jennings[edit]

Ashley Jennings played by Tony Boncza, is the fiancé of Christian Clarke (John Partridge), who appeared in the episode broadcast on 17 January 2008.[13] He was described by Soaplife as Christian's rich "sugar daddy".[14] In the episode, Ashley and Christian have a meal with Christian's sister Jane Beale (Laurie Brett) and her husband Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt). Ashley leaves the meal early after Christian reveals that he was in love with Jane's ex-husband David Collins (Dan Milne). He and Christian break up, and Christian moves in with the Beales.

Tegs Teague[edit]

Tegs Teague
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ben Smith
First appearance 17 January 2008
Last appearance 22 January 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; guest

"Tegs" Teague, played by Ben Smith, is the main leader of a gang called the 'E20'. He appears between 17 and 22 January 2008[13][15] along with the rest of the gang. The gang harass Dot Branning (June Brown) by wolf-whistling at her and calling her a "zombie". Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) sees them and tells them to leave her alone. The gang, including Tegs' friend Ziggy (Ashley Horne), steal DVDs from Winston's (Ulric Browne) market stall with the help of Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick). Tegs asks Jay if he wants to join the gang and gives him a mobile phone so they can call each other. Jay later sneaks out and Tegs hands him a knife, which is found by Jay's father, Jase Dyer (Stephen Lord) and his girlfriend Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon). The next day, the gang steal several packs of cigarettes from the local shop, the Minute Mart. They harass Dot by making silent phone calls and knocking on her door and running away. Tegs pulls a knife on Minty Peterson (Cliff Parisi), who confronts the group of youths. After Jay criticises Tegs's harassment of Dot, they have a fight. After appearing to have reconciled their differences, Tegs is asked by his gang whether he is with them or Jay, at which point he stabs Jay in the leg, leaving him bleeding on the ground in the park. Tegs' mum, Tina Teague (Kerry Ann White) arrives before the trial to try and persuade Jay to drop the charges against Tegs but he does not and Tegs is sentenced in an off-screen trial on 29 February to two years in a Young Offenders Institution for his crime.[16]

Development[edit]

A show insider told The Sun that the storyline in which Tegs stabs Jay is "easily one of the most shocking and controversial storylines EastEnders has ever done. It is not a decision bosses have taken lightly, but it is an issue that is top of the news agenda. We're going to tread very carefully—it won’t be gratuitous. The plan is to screen the episodes in the usual slots before the watershed. Hopefully by showing the suffering gang violence can cause, some people may think twice about getting involved."[17] This was to be the first teenage gang-related attack that EastEnders has featured.[17] Kris Green from Digital Spy described him as 'out of control'.[18] Ofcom received seven complaints about the stabbing episode.[19] John Beyer, of the pressure group Mediawatch UK, said, "The stabbing of Jay flooded in over 200 complaints after Watchdog had recently ordered a stop to soap violence. I think this shows that at a flagship programme such as EastEnders they are prepared to ignore public opinion, prepared to ignore the regulator and the complaints and carry on regardless."[20] A BBC spokesman said, "EastEnders has always tackled difficult issues and we acknowledge that some viewers could consider this storyline challenging. This is part of a long-running storyline that in no way glamorises the use of knives."[20] A BBC spokesperson responded to the complaints about the scenes being shown before the watershed: "The BBC has a strict set of editorial guidelines which all programmes must adhere to, to ensure that the violence portrayed was suitable for pre-watershed viewing."[19] Kris Green from Digital Spy defended the episode saying, "I have to say that it wasn't as gruesome as I'd imagined it would be. There's no screaming, no scuffling—it's all quiet and it happens in about 10 seconds."[21]

Selina Branning[edit]

Selina Branning
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Daisy Beaumont
First appearance 21 January 2008
Last appearance 1 February 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring

Selina Branning, played by Daisy Beaumont,[22] is the ex-wife of Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), and mother of their daughter Penny Branning (Mia McKenna Bruce). This was Beaumont's second role in EastEnders as she previously played Helen Graham in 2000. She was listed by Digital Spy as a suspect in Max Branning's (Jake Wood) hit-and-run.[23] However, Lauren Branning (Madeline Duggan) was the culprit.[18] She appears between 21 January and 1 February 2008.[22][24]

Selina is first heard when she leaves a message for Jack and Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) speaks to her on the phone. Ronnie later visits Selina and speaks to her about Jack not being allowed to see their daughter, Penny. It is revealed that Penny is in a wheelchair, paralysed from the waist down. Jack sleeps with Selina in his club's office and they are seen by Ronnie's sister Roxy Slater (Rita Simons). A week later, Selina phones Jack to say that she and Penny are leaving to live in France. On 1 December 2008, Jack tells Ronnie that Selina is engaged to remarry. It is revealed on 2 March 2009 that Selina got married over the weekend to a man named James and that Jack did not attend.[25]

Penny Branning[edit]

Penny Branning
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Mia Mckenna-Bruce
First appearance 21 January 2008
Last appearance 18 April 2008
Introduced by Diedrick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Student

Penelope "Penny" Branning, played by Mia Mckenna-Bruce,[26] is the daughter of Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) and his first wife Selina Branning (Daisy Beaumont). She appears between 21 January [27] and 1 February 2008,[24] and returns from 15[28] to 18 April 2008.[29] Maslen who plays Penny's dad revealed that Penny will be returning to the serial intermittently, though she has not returned since her departure.[30]

Jack's girlfriend Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) finds tickets for a ballet, which Jack says are for Penny as it is her birthday on the day of the performance and she loves dancing. Later, Jack finds a message on his answerphone from Selina, ranting about the birthday present. Ronnie answers the phone and meets Selina. At the house, while talking to Selina about the circumstances of her and Jack's relationship, Penny enters the room in a wheelchair. Selina asks Ronnie if she knows why Penny is paralysed from the waist down. Later, Jack tells Ronnie that when he was a police officer, he caught a drug dealer who deliberately hit Penny with his car when she and Selina were waiting at a bus stop, causing Penny's spine to be severed.[31] It is later revealed that it was due to Jack being a corrupt police officer and taking payment from a drugs baron in return for tip-offs. When Jack was unable to tip off the baron and he was arrested, one of his associates carried out the attack in revenge.

Jack takes Penny and Selina out for Penny's birthday and they go back to Selina's flat and kiss. Selina reveals the next day how upset Penny was that Jack was not there when she woke up. Selina decides to move to France where her parents live and takes Penny with her. Penny visits Jack in April 2008 and is cold towards Ronnie, preferring her aunt Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner) with whom she goes shopping. Tanya cooks Penny a farewell meal, but Ronnie still struggles to bond with her. She decides that she does not want to return to France but is persuaded to go back to Selina by Jack. In March 2010, Ronnie asks Jack about Penny and he says she is doing fine without him and that Penny made the right decision to go to France.[32]

Roger Grant[edit]

Roger "the Dodger" Grant, played by Max Gold, is a dodgy old friend of Mo Harris (Laila Morse). He appears on 5 February 2008, selling some clothes to Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) for her stall. Mo insists that the stock is faulty, and tries to make the dye on a shirt run by pouring tea over it, and when Stacey's mother Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) tries to wash the tea stain out, the top gets ruined.[33] Gold also played Dougie Briggs in 1994, and his casting as Roger was criticised by entertainment website Digital Spy's television critic Dek Hogan, as Briggs was "such an iconic role", calling it "an insult to the audience".[34]

Edward Tunstall[edit]

Edward Tunstall, played by Miles Anderson, is a councillor who appears between 7 and 29 February 2008.[16][35] He meets Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) at a council lunch and wants to throw a party, so decides to use Ian and Christian Clarke's (John Partridge) events organising business, Fit for a Queen, to organise it. He assumes Ian is gay, and asks him out for a meal. During the meal, Ian admits that he is not totally in love with his wife, Jane Beale (Laurie Brett). Edward invites him to be his guest when he collects his MBE from the Queen, but due to Ian's daughter Lucy Beale's (Melissa Suffield) disappearance, Ian is unable to attend. In January 2009, Tunstall is reported to be involved in a scandal with a young man, mentioned in the Walford Gazette newspaper. It is then revealed that he has stepped down as councillor.

Jalil Iqbal[edit]

Jalil Iqbal
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jan Uddin
First appearance 17 March 2008
Last appearance 28 March 2008
Introduced by Diedrick Santer
Classification Former; guest

Jalil Iqbal, played by Jan Uddin,[36] is a friend of the Masood family who appears between 17 and 28 March 2008.[37][38] Jalil was described as a "hunk" and it was said that he and Shabnam Masood (Zahra Ahmadi) would embark on "an affair of the heart".[36]

Family matriarch Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia) invites Jalil to stay with the family and work in their post office for a while, trying to set him up with her daughter, Shabnam. Shabnam is initially against this, as she remembers Jalil as a "geek" from her childhood, though when she sees him, she is attracted to him. Zainab sets them up with a romantic meal, listening in on their conversation using a baby monitor. Shabnam discovers that Jalil has a girlfriend, though Zainab sees a picture of her and says she is ugly and that her make-up looks like it has been done by Edward Scissorhands. Shabnam later bumps into Jalil on a night out in R&R nightclub, where they flirt. Jalil and Shabnam later share a kiss, but during a conversation with the Masood family, he says that he thinks modern Muslim women like Shabnam provide "great entertainment" but are not marriage material. Zainab is offended by this and sends him away.

Melinda[edit]

Melinda, played by Siobhan Hayes, is the fiancée of Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen).[39] She appears between 1 April and 4 April 2008.[40][41] Melinda comes to Walford with Ricky for funeral of his father, Frank Butcher (Mike Reid). Throughout the day, she spends most of the time on the telephone to her father asking him for £25,000 as a property deposit, which he later fails to provide for her. She makes several attempts to introduce herself to Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement) and is dismissive when Ricky mentions his ex-wife Bianca Jackson's (Patsy Palmer) absence from the funeral. At Frank's wake, it becomes clear that Melinda is only interested in what Frank has left to Ricky in his will. There is no financial gain, so Melinda quickly leaves in a bad mood. Later, Ricky announces that he and Melinda have split up, and Bianca tells Pat that Melinda was responsible for Ricky's lack of contact with their son Liam Butcher (James Forde).

Speaking of the announcement of Melinda's arrival, an EastEnders source told Digital Spy: "Ricky returns to the Square for his dad Frank's funeral and turns up with Melinda—but is it true love or just a fling between them?"[39] An insider told The Sun that Melinda is "a classy bird, not at all like Ricky's mouthy old flame Bianca. But she's also really spoilt, a daddy's girl. Frank's funeral is the first time Ricky's family has met her and things don't go well."[42]

Whitney Dean[edit]

Main article: Whitney Dean

Whitney Dean, played by Shona McGarty, is the adopted daughter of long-running character Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer), and was introduced in April 2008 when Palmer returned to the series after a six-year absence. Whitney was described as "a teenage drama queen, unable to engage brain before mouth and constantly finding herself in and out of trouble".[43] She made her first appearance on 1 April 2008. Her storylines have revolved around her fractured family life, including her sexual abuse by Bianca's partner Tony King (Chris Coghill),[44] and a sexual exploitation storyline involving Rob Grayson (Jody Latham).[45] The storyline with Tony won EastEnders a Royal Television Society Programme Award in 2008.[46]

Morgan Butcher[edit]

Morgan Butcher
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Devon Higgs
Duration 2008–14
First appearance 1 April 2008
Last appearance 12 September 2014
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Spin-off
appearances
EastEnders: Last Tango in Walford (2010)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Student

Morgan Butcher (also Jackson-King), played by Devon Higgs, is the son of Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) and Ray Dixon (Chucky Venn).[43] He made his first appearance on 1 April 2008.[40] However, Higgs was not credited in the role until 8 September 2009.[citation needed] He departed in 2014 along with his mother and sister, Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith).[47]

Storylines[edit]

Morgan, along with his mother, his half siblings Tiffany Dean (Maisie Smith) and Liam Butcher (James Forde), and his stepsister Whitney, are thrown out their house by their landlord. After initially spending a week in care, Morgan and the rest of his family move to Walford, where they begin living with his great-grandmother Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement). The same week, a family party is held, where Morgan and his half-siblings meet the rest of their extended family. Bianca attempts to enter Morgan into a 'Beautiful Baby Competition' held at The Queen Victoria public house, but is forced to withdraw him due to his age. A few days later he celebrates his third birthday by going to a restaurant with his family. Despite initially being thought to be the son of Bianca's partner Tony, it is discovered that this is not the case when Tony is released from prison, due to Morgan's ethnicity. Bianca reveals that Morgan was the result of a one-night stand she had with an unknown man but has always seen Tony as his father due to the fact that they met during her pregnancy and he has always been a consistent figure in Morgan's life.

Morgan becomes ill and is diagnosed by Dr Poppy Merritt (Amy Darcy) with chicken pox. This leads to Pat having to vacate the family home as she had never had the illness. When Tony is arrested for having had a sexual relationship with Whitney, Morgan starts asking for his dad, leading the family to make up an excuse as they know that he will not understand what Tony had done. Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) and Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott) use Morgan to raise money for their rent, pretending they are his parents and they are collecting money for a new playground. While trying to make a sandwich he accidentally squirts tomato ketchup on a hoody belonging to his recently deceased uncle Billie Jackson (Devon Anderson). Liam hides it and later tries to wash the stain out but their grandmother Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) sees it and slaps him. Morgan starts to follow Liam around, fearing that he will die as well but Ricky and Janine reassure him. He runs away from home after Bianca is put into prison but is caught.

Morgan starts asking questions about who his father is, to which Bianca replies that his father is Barack Obama. Knowing the truth, Whitney secretly takes Morgan to see Ray Dixon (Chucky Venn), his real father. Ray did not know that he was a father at all, and is delighted to meet his son. However, Whitney pleads with Morgan not tell Bianca that he has met his father. Ray soon tutns up in Walford to see Morgan, and Bianca tries to hide Morgan from him, but soon realises that they have already met. She wants Ray to have nothing to do with Morgan until Whitney convinces her, and they spend time together. Bianca allows Ray to cook a meal for the family but tells him to leave when he mentions his daughter, Sasha Dixon (Rebecca Sanneh). Morgan meets Sasha but Bianca is furious when she finds out.

Realising that Bianca is having some difficulties with her money, Tiffany and Morgan go to see their step great-grandmother Dot Branning (June Brown) at the laundrette. She tells them that when she had problems as a child, she felt better after being given a bath. Tiffany and Morgan then decide to run a bath for Bianca but accidentally leave the taps on when they go out. When they get home, the bath has overflowed and is leaking into the living room. Bianca is later caught stealing money and returns to prison, but this time located in Suffolk. Morgan then moves to Suffolk with the rest of his family to be near his mother, leaving his father in Walford. He returns for Janine's wedding to Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd), along with Ricky, Tiffany and Ricky's sister Diane Butcher (Sophie Lawrence). Ricky and Ray argue over Morgan, but eventually reconcile, before Ricky leaves with Morgan again. Morgan then moves back to Walford with his family for when her mother is released from prison, however he is saddened when his father moves away. He is also not pleased when Bianca returns from a trip to Manchester announces that her new boyfriend, Terry Spraggan (Terry Alderton), and his children, TJ (George Sargeant) and Rosie (Jerzey Swingler), are moving in. The couple split up but later reunite and decide to move to Milton Keynes, taking Tiffany, Morgan, TJ and Rosie with them.

Development[edit]

Morgan is described by the Daily Mirror as "the most spoilt out of all of the [Jackson] kids. He's a boisterous, adventurous lad and can hold his own among Bianca's rabble. Morgan only eats chicken nuggets".[48] Morgan is the result of a one-night stand between Bianca and a man who is unknown to viewers.[49] The man his family thinks is his father, Tony King (Chris Coghill), is serving a prison sentence for assaulting a teenager who had allegedly threatened Morgan's stepsister, Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty),[43] though it is found out that Tony is not his biological father.[50] Morgan along with Bianca, Liam, Whitney and Tiffany, have been called 'The Jackson Five' [18] In 2011, the character of Ray Dixon was announced, played by Chucky Venn, who is to play Morgan's dad. A source from EastEnders confirmed: "Ray hasn't seen Bianca for years and they didn't part on good terms. He meets Whitney as he has matters with Bianca that are unresolved. But Ray gets the shock of his life when Whitney tells him all about Morgan—and she soon realises that Ray knew nothing about his son."[51]

Tiffany Butcher[edit]

Main article: Tiffany Butcher

Tiffany Butcher (also Dean), played by Maisie Smith, is the daughter of long-running character Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer), introduced on 1 April 2008, when Palmer returned to the series after a six-year absence. Tiffany is described as having a "cute, butter-wouldn't-melt exterior", which "masks her somewhat mature understanding of adult matters. She sees all, hears all and knows all".[43] She is also described as "a troublesome and cheeky lass" with a "feisty, red-head personality, which she no doubt inherits from screenmum [sic] Bianca".[52] For her portrayal of Tiffany, Smith won the 'Best Dramatic Performance for a Young Actor or Actress' award at the British Soap Awards in 2009.[53]

Lucas Johnson[edit]

Main article: Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson, played by Don Gilet, is the estranged father of established character Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin) and ex-husband of Denise Fox (Diane Parish), who he later remarries. He has a son, Jordan (Michael-Joel David Stuart), from his previous relationship with Trina Johnson (Sharon Duncan Brewster). His profile on the official EastEnders website describes him as "an upstanding member of the community, a far cry from the youth he once was."[54] His storylines include causing Trina's death and covering it up, murdering Denise's ex-husband Owen Turner (Lee Ross), and attempting to kill Denise. For his portrayal of Lucas, Gilet has received several award nominations, including Serial Drama Performance at the 2011 National Television Awards.[55] He appeared from 3 April 2008 to 30 July 2010.

Opal Smith[edit]

Rustie Lee, who played Opal Smith.

Opal Smith, played by Rustie Lee, is the aunt of Gus Smith (Mohammed George) and Juley Smith (Joseph Kpobie). She was introduced in February 2008 for two episodes, on 8 and 10 April 2008.[56][57][58] Opal is first mentioned on screen in May 2007, when Gus has to go to Wolverhampton to look after her following a fall. In April 2008 she visits Gus out of the blue, as she has a coach ticket to use. She embarrasses him by assuming that he is dating Keisha (Suzie McGrath), and later gives him his mother's engagement ring.

She was described as "the fiery aunt" by What's On TV [59] and "the loud battleaxe aunty of Gus" by BBC Birmingham.[57] Speaking of her arrival, Lee said, "I'm absolutely over the moon to think I'm going to be in the Square. I can't wait."[60] She said the opportunity was tremendous and brilliant as she had always wanted to appear in EastEnders.[57]

Inzamam Ahmed[edit]

Inzamam Ahmed
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Paul Bhattacharjee
Duration 2008, 2010
First appearance 13 May 2008
Last appearance 1 January 2010
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; guest

Inzamam Ahmed, played by Paul Bhattacharjee, is the brother of Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra). He first appears on 13 May 2008,[61] and returns on 1 January 2010 for the wedding of Masood's son Syed Masood (Marc Elliott) and Amira Shah (Preeya Kalidas).[62]

Inzamam first visits Walford to check up on his brother's family while Masood is in Karachi visiting their sick father. He is rude and sexist towards Masood's wife Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia) and daughter Shabnam Masood (Zahra Ahmadi), but praises his son Tamwar Masood's (Himesh Patel) achievements. He is shocked to see that Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) has graffitied "Shabnam is a hore [sic]" on the Masoods' wall. He later meets up with Zainab, and she asks him for money. He makes a sexual advance to her, and she leaves, forcing her to consider selling her house. On the day before Syed's wedding to Amira, Masood takes Inzamam to dinner to ask if he can help with some money. Inzamam does not know who is getting married as nobody has told him about it and also does not know that Zainab is pregnant. Masood asks Zainab why she did not invite Inzamam to the wedding and she says she forgot, but he realises she did it deliberately. She tells him that Inzamam sees her as a fallen woman as she was previously married to Yusef Khan (Ace Bhatti) when she met Masood, and Imzamam made many advances toward her. Masood orders Inzamam to stand and tells him that he knows what he has done. Masood returns Inzamam's money and says he is not invited to the wedding and is not welcome in their home and he walks out of their house with his wife, Fatima and children Ali (Omar Kent) and Jamila (Sara Aisha Kent).

Jamila and Ali Inzamam[edit]

Jamila Inzamam and Ali Inzaman
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Sara Aisha Kent (Jamila)
Omar Kent (Ali)
Duration 2008, 2010
First appearance 13 May 2008
Last appearance 1 January 2010
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; guest

Jamila Inzamam, played by Sara Aisha Kent and Ali Inzamam played by Omar Kent, are the children of Inzamam Ahmed (Paul Bhattacharjee) and Fatima Inzamam, and nephew and niece of Inzamam's brother Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra). They make their first appearance on 13 May 2008,[61] when they and their father attend a meal with Masood's wife Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia) and her children, Shabnam Masood (Zahra Ahmadi) and Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel), as their father wants to check up on his brother's family. They return on 1 January 2010 for Syed Masood (Marc Elliott) and Amira Shah's (Preeya Kalidas) wedding.[62] along with their father and mother Fatima Inzamam, when they are due to attend Syed and Amira's wedding, but they leave with their parents after Masood tells Inzamam he is not welcome. Unlike Inzamam and Ali, Jamila and Fatima are not creditied in this appearance.[63]

Jordan Johnson[edit]

Jordan Johnson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Michael-Joel David Stuart
Duration 2008–10
First appearance 23 May 2008
Last appearance 21 December 2010
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Student

Jordan Johnson, played by Michael-Joel David Stuart, is the son of Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet) and the half-brother of Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin), who arrives on Chelsea's birthday with his father. He is described on the EastEnders website as a "cheeky chap" who "lights up the room with his winning smile". He is also described as a "talented boy who works hard at school".[64] He first appears on 23 May 2008,[65] and leaves on 21 December 2010.[66]

Michael-Joel David Stuart who played Jordan Johnson

When Lucas arrives in Walford, he tells Chelsea's mother Denise Fox (Diane Parish) that Jordan's mother Trina (Sharon Duncan Brewster) abandoned him shortly after he was born. He was in an incubator, addicted to heroin, as Trina was a drug addict. When Yolande Trueman (Angela Wynter) tries to get Chelsea to bond with Jordan, he finds cocaine in her handbag. Chelsea claims it is sherbet but Jordan is not deceived and tells her that their father helps drug addicts. When Jordan forgets his key to Lucas's flat, Yolande takes him to her B&B. Denise is not pleased that he is there but eventually enjoys his company. Jordan leaves with his father after locals blame him for Tony King (Chris Coghill) being allowed to work with children. Jordan and Lucas return a month later and stay at the B&B before preparing to leave for Leeds.

After Denise proposes to Lucas, Jordan reveals that Lucas is still married to Trina. Unknown to Jordan and Denise, Trina had been looking for Lucas and he knows her whereabouts. She asks about Jordan and says she is no longer addicted to drugs, and he says he is going to marry Denise. Eventually, Jordan and Trina bond, but he is unhappy that Trina is excluded from a family holiday. He tells Trina about the holiday and she arrives to try to stop it. Jordan becomes friends with Ben Mitchell (Charlie Jones) and Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald). Trina is killed while trying to seduce Lucas, and he leaves her in a shed on the allotment. Jordan tries to contact her on her mobile phone as she has promised to contact him. Jordan and Abi discover her body when they volunteer to clean the shed for Charlie Slater (Derek Martin). They decide to raise funds for a tree to be planted in Trina's memory in Albert Square's gardens, but unknown to everyone, Lucas murders Denise's ex-husband Owen Turner (Lee Ross) and buries his corpse under the tree.

Ben dares Jordan to drink alcohol that Ben stole from his family's pub. Lucas catches him and threatens to get Ben's father Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) involved but Jordan insists it was his idea and nothing to do with Ben. Jordan is annoyed when he sees Ben's sister Louise kicking Trina's tree and she later blames him for locking her in a shed when it was actually Ben. Jordan swears on the bible that he did not do it, so Lucas believes him, and he tells Phil that he thinks Ben did it. This eventually turns out to be true, and Ben reveals that Jordan has been bullying him, so Phil and Lucas leave them with Minty Peterson (Cliff Parisi) to help them bond. After Minty leaves them alone, Jordan insults Ben, so Ben throws him to the ground and attacks him with a spanner, leaving him there. The next day he is found by Phil and taken to hospital where he is left in a coma with a fractured skull. Wracked with guilt, Ben confesses to the police that he attacked Jordan, while Jordan is brought out of his medically induced coma. When he is discharged, his family throw him a party. In Jordan's police statement, he says that Ben attacked him for no reason. However, after Denise is visited by Jane Beale (Laurie Brett), who doesn't believe Ben would attack Jordan for no reason, she talks to Jordan and gets him to reveal that he had been bullying Ben. Jordan then decides to change his statement.

When Owen's corpse is discovered under the tree, Jordan gets upset every time the tree is mentioned and reveals he had a dream where a hand came out of the ground. Lucas promises to get the council to replace the tree. Jordan and Abi argue when he feels she does not care and their friendship ends. He wonders if it is his fault that the people around him are dying. When the truth emerges that Lucas allowed Trina to die, killed Owen and kidnapped Denise, Jordan tries to stick by his father when the rest of the family run out, but then leaves in fear when he discovers that, rather than outright killing Trina, Lucas could have saved her but chose not to. Lucas is then arrested. When Jordan visits Denise with the rest of the family, he does not speak and just clutches his Bible. Finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened, Jordan eventually opens up to Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker), crying on his shoulder. The next day he worries that no one will want to be friends with him because they all know about Lucas. However, after he ends his romance with Abi, he is happy that they agree to remain friends. Jordan then says goodbye to his sister Chelsea and Libby, who are moving away after their ordeal in Walford. On his birthday, Jordan receives a card from his father, but asks Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) to throw it away, and says he has to now look after Denise. However, Jordan is unable to speak to Denise about Lucas, so stays in contact with his aunt Gloria MacDonald (Michele Austin). Denise discovers they have been in contact for several months and allows Jordan to spend Christmas with her. Jordan is happy at his aunt's house, so Denise reluctantly lets him stay there into the New Year.

Maggie Townsend[edit]

Maggie Townsend
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Angeline Ball
First appearance 27 May 2008
Last appearance 11 June 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Construction site boss

Margaret "Maggie" Townsend played by Angeline Ball, is Bradley Branning's (Charlie Clements) boss. She takes over off-screen from Alex French (Pippa Hinchley).[67] She made her first appearance on 27 May 2008[68] and her last on 11 June 2008.[69]

She appears when Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) steals a crane from the building site she is in charge of, and later goes on a corporate night out at local nightclub R&R, where Mickey Miller (Joe Swash) flirts with her, and she flirts with Bradley and Jack Branning (Scott Maslen). She also clashes with Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin) and Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner), when Chelsea does her manicure wrong, then shouts at her in the beauty salon. She later invites Bradley to dinner, but he pretends to be ill and does not go, as he is not attracted to her. He confides in Dot Branning (June Brown), who goes to the restaurant without Bradley's knowledge, and argues with Maggie, telling her to "keep her filthy hands to herself." Maggie later sees Bradley at a singles' night at The Queen Victoria public house, and fires him for lying to her. He runs after her when she leaves, and she takes him home and they have sex, but Bradley does not get his job back.

Olly Greenwood[edit]

Olly Greenwood
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Bart Edwards
First appearance 9 June 2008
Last appearance 21 August 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Student

Oliver "Olly" Greenwood, played by Bart Edwards, is the boyfriend of Lucy Beale (Melissa Suffield). He makes his first appearance on 9 June 2008[70] and his last on 21 August 2008.[71]

Lucy introduces her father Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) to Olly, whom she met when she was homeless and is five years Lucy's senior,[72] and tells Ian that Olly is moving in or she will leave. Lucy tries to antagonise Ian by telling him that she and Olly are getting matching tattoos, and insinuating that they are sexually active, at which point Ian throws Olly out. Lucy later persuades her stepmother Jane Beale's (Laurie Brett) brother, Christian Clarke (John Partridge) to let her use his flat to see Olly. Ian catches Lucy participating in foreplay with Olly, so takes him outside with Olly dressed in his underwear and makes everyone hurl sponges at him during a "Best of British" day on Albert Square. Ian then tells him to leave, which Olly does in an embarrassed state. Olly returns in August 2008 when Lucy throws a party at Christian's flat, then decides to go on the contraceptive pill after pressure from Olly to have sex with him. Ian finds out and visits Olly's mother Camilla Greenwood (Joanna Van Gyseghem), inviting her and Olly to a meal at the Beales' house. Lucy is shocked to learn that Olly is not all he seems; he comes from a privileged background and is expected to attend Oxford or Cambridge University. When this is revealed, Ian tries to set Lucy up for life by seeking Camilla's approval of Olly and Lucy's relationship. However, Camilla storms out of the house, followed by Olly.

Development[edit]

19-year-old Edwards was cast in the role after being seen in a musical by one of the directors of EastEnders.[72] The casting was announced on 13 May 2008, when he was described as "mysterious".[73] Speaking of his casting, Edwards said, "It is just amazing. Everybody is lovely on the set. I watch EastEnders... but I never expected to be on TV with those people."[73] He described his character as "a laid back person who takes each day as it comes" [73] and as 'scruffy' by the official EastEnders website.[74] Olly was also dubbed "the son of Swampy.[72]

Brenda Boyle[edit]

Brenda Boyle
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Carmel Cryan
Duration 2008–09
First appearance 9 June 2008
Last appearance 14 August 2009
Created by Diederick Santer
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; regular

Brenda Boyle, played by Carmel Cryan, is introduced as Charlie Slater's (Derek Martin) new love interest.[75] She appears from 9 June 2008[70] to 14 August 2009.[76]

Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) meets Brenda on a dating website and starts e-mailing her on Charlie's behalf. She visits Walford and Jean is forced to reveal the truth to an unsuspecting Charlie, and Brenda later discovers the deception. She is a member of the Salvation Army and plays the horn. When Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) makes a jokey off-hand comment about Charlie being a womaniser, Brenda leaves Walford, forgetting her horn. She gives Charlie a second chance when she comes to collect it, only to find out that Mo Harris (Laila Morse) has sold it.[77] She participates in a pub quiz with him and his family, and starts a relationship with Charlie, comforting him when he gets a spray tan to impress her and it goes wrong, leaving him orange. He later visits her in Clacton, where she lives.

Brenda buys Charlie a summerhouse for his allotment, but the concrete flooring is smashed by Suzy Branning (Maggie O'Neill), which looks like it will ruin the gift. However, the following day, Charlie sorts the problem so the concrete can be re-laid. Brenda helps raise money for Children in Need in The Queen Victoria but walks out of the pub after Linda Clarke (Lynda Baron) starts flirting with Charlie. On Christmas Day, Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) sings the song "Stop The Cavalry" to Roxy Slater (Rita Simons) as a Christmas present, and Brenda and a friend accompany him. When Charlie shared his concerns with Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) that his and Brenda's relationship is moving too slowly, Patrick tells him to invite her to dinner and use candles to make it romantic. Charlie asks Winston (Ulric Browne) for some romantic music but he gives him club music. After this, Charlie gives Brenda some drink but spills it on her. As he wipes it off, he touches her breast and is interrupted by Danielle Jones (Lauren Crace). Brenda reassures Charlie that she has feelings for him but leaves with a worried look on her face.

Brenda is supposed to join Charlie in pottery class but she calls him to say she cannot make it. This upsets Charlie, making him leave the class. Brenda is seen by Mo with another man, and she takes a picture of them embracing to show Charlie. The man is revealed to be her brother, Clive (Col Farrell). He tells her to tell Charlie about something before it is too late as it will be in two months. Brenda later announces to Charlie that she wants to end their relationship. Mo overhears this and confronts Brenda, who says she is emigrating, but promises to tell Charlie. A day later, Mo tells Charlie, and Brenda confirms she is moving to Madeira with Clive and his family.[78][79] The couple decides to spend one last day together, and Brenda hints to Charlie that she wants to see more of him in Madeira. Charlie gets the hint at the last moment, and tries to stop the bus Brenda is leaving on. Brenda delays leaving, and the next day, after having a farewell meal in the house, Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) and Mo give Charlie their blessing to go with Brenda and they leave in a taxi after receiving an emotional farewell. Whilst in Madeira, Charlie and Brenda end their relationship and he returns to Walford with another woman, Orlenda (Mary Tamm).

Archie Mitchell[edit]

Main article: Archie Mitchell

Archie Mitchell, played by Larry Lamb, is the father of established characters Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons). He is also a love interest for Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor), his brother's widow. Archie is introduced in a group of episodes filmed on-location in Weymouth, Dorset.[80] The audience learned that Ronnie had given a child up for adoption.[81] Tim Teeman, critic for The Times, has described Archie as "a thousand times more terrifying than [EastEnders villain] Nick Cotton" and "a psycho in a golf jersey."[82] He made his first appearance on 8 July 2008. After originally leaving Walford following the revelation of his deceit and lies, Archie returns on 9 July 2009,[83] and his last appearance is as a corpse on 28 December 2009 after being murdered by Stacey Slater.[84]

Danielle Jones[edit]

Danielle Jones, played by Lauren Crace, is introduced as a love interest for fellow new character Callum Monks (Elliott Jordan). Nineteen-year-old Danielle was described as a "naive blonde [...] easily taken in by Callum's smooth patter", arriving in Walford with "just a suitcase and a dream of a new life".[85] It is later revealed that Danielle is the long-lost daughter of Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack), and therefore a member of the soap's long-running Mitchell family.[86] Her introduction was planned from 2007, when story producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins conceived the idea of two new Mitchell sisters, Ronnie and Roxy (Rita Simons). Danielle appears from 18 August 2008 to 3 April 2009, after she is run over and killed by Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks). Her final episode was watched by 11.46 million viewers, and caused a notable power surge on the National Grid.[87]

Callum Monks[edit]

Callum Monks
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Elliott Jordan
Duration 2008–09
First appearance 18 August 2008
Last appearance 6 March 2009
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; regular

Callum Monks, played by Elliott Jordan, made his first appearance on 18 August 2008 and his last on 6 March 2009.[88][89]

Arriving in Walford in search of his father Vinnie (Bobby Davro), Callum is instantly attracted to Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner). Unperturbed by her rejections, Callum attempts to woo Stacey, despite discovering that she is married. He briefly dates Stacey's friend Dannielle Jones (Lauren Crace), but only to make Stacey jealous. Stacey continues to reject Callum, but after her husband Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements) angers her one night, she kisses Callum. Realising that her marriage is over, Stacey finishes with Bradley, allowing a casual relationship with Callum to begin. Their romance does not last, as Callum cannot bear to be around Stacey's mother Jean Slater (Gillian Wright), who has bipolar disorder. Blaming Jean for the relationship's demise, Callum aggressively tells her that she is ruining her daughter's life. When Stacey discovers this, she punches Callum and he reveals that his mother, who was also mentally ill, used to abuse him and lock him in cupboards when he was a child. He has scars on his legs from an incident where his mother attacked him with a wire coat hanger at the age of ten. Due to this and realising that Stacey would never leave Jean, Callum declares there is nothing left for him in Walford. He bids a final goodbye to Stacey and leaves to pursue Vinnie, who has already departed.[90][91] The EastEnders website showed that Callum went to live with his father in Southend.[92]

Development[edit]

It was announced on 26 June 2008 that a new character, Callum, would be introduced to EastEnders as the son of already-established Vinnie. Callum was described as a "lothario".[93] The role was given to Elliott Jordan, who had previously appeared in EastEnders in August 2005 as Gavin, an acquaintance of Leo Taylor (Philip Dowling).[93] Of his casting, Jordan said: "I am thrilled and really excited to be joining EastEnders. Callum is a great part to play and I can't wait for him to make his mark in Walford."[93] He also said it was an "honour".[94] EastEnders '​ executive producer, Diederick Santer, commented: "Callum [...] will bring a breath of fresh air to Walford. Bright, twinkly, and with the gift of the gab, he'll get the women of Walford all of a flutter."[93] Describing his character, Jordan said, "he's a very laid back and easy going character. He doesn't think too far ahead. He's a bit of a Casanova, definitely a jack the lad. He's very confident and streetwise and he reads people and situations very well, which allows him to get what he wants."[94] Jordan said that one of the writers told him that Callum reminded him of Vincent Chase in Entourage.[94]

Callum was listed by Ladbrokes as a contender for the father of Heather Trott's (Cheryl Fergison) baby, and was ranked by them as an outsider with odds of 16/1.[18][95] He was also named by website Digital Spy as a possible suspect in Max Branning's (Jake Wood) hit-and-run.[23][96] It was reported on 20 January 2009 that the character was to depart from the series in March 2009.[97] An EastEnders insider told Digital Spy, "Viewers will learn a little more about Callum before he leaves Albert Square behind."[97] Speaking of his departure, Jordan said: "I've had a really great time at EastEnders and I've enjoyed working with all the cast. I've loved every minute of it and I'm looking forward to trying new things."[97]

Tony King[edit]

Main article: Tony King

Tony King, played by Chris Coghill, is the partner of established character Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer), and a father-figure to her four children. He made his first appearance on 12 September 2008. It was reported in July 2008 that Tony would be arriving in the serial as part of a child sexual abuse storyline involving Bianca's adopted daughter Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty).[98] BBC News described the plot as an ongoing "predatory paedophile storyline", noting that this was the first time this subject matter had been tackled by a UK soap opera.[44] The Daily Mirror '​s Beth Neil branded the plot strand "one of the darkest and most disturbing storylines EastEnders has ever attempted",[99] with critic Jim Shelley deeming it to be a "new low" for EastEnders.[100] Tony sexually abuses Whitney, and begins grooming her school-friend Lauren Branning (Madeline Duggan), before his predatory nature is uncovered and he is arrested for his crimes. Tony appeared between 12 September and 12 December 2008 and returned in December 2009 to stand trial. The NSPCC praised the storyline for "helping to raise awareness of the hidden nature of sexual abuse".[101] The storyline also gained EastEnders a Royal Television Society Programme Award in March 2009 in the Soap and Continuing Drama category.

Amir Khan[edit]

Amir Khan
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Alton Letto
First appearance 22 September 2008
Last appearance 6 November 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Estate agent

Amir Khan, played by Alton Letto, is an estate agent and colleague of Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements). He appears between 22 September and 6 November 2008.[102][103] He attends a sales pitch with Bradley and they sell all the flats available. To celebrate, they go to Fargo's restaurant, and are joined by Bradley's wife Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner). Amir tells Bradley and Stacey that he has two children, and has booked an adventure holiday with his wife as they have not had time away from the children for two years. He receives a telephone call from his wife telling him one of the children is ill, and is forced to cancel the holiday. This makes Stacey realise that she does not want children at the time as she feels she is too young. Bradley and Stacey take Amir and his wife's places on the holiday. Amir later shows Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) and his wife Roxy (Rita Simons) a home, and is supposed to go inside and show them round, but Sean intimidates him into staying outside.

Poppy Merritt[edit]

Poppy Merritt
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Amy Darcy
Duration 2008–09
First appearance 22 September 2008
Last appearance 30 April 2009
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Trainee pathologist

Doctor Poppy Merritt played by Amy Darcy, is the general practitioner for Walford, succeeding May Wright.[104] She made her first appearance on 22 September 2008,[102] and her last on 30 April 2009.[105]

Poppy is first seen diagnosing Morgan Jackson-King (Devon Higgs) with chicken pox, and she assumes Morgan's mother Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) is married to Tony King (Chris Coghill), which puts the idea of marriage in Bianca's head. She sees Dot Branning (June Brown) when she has food poisoning, and connects it to unchilled food sold by Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) at his shop, the Minute Mart. She says it is her duty to report Patrick and his wife Yolande Trueman (Angela Wynter) to environmental health. Whilst cycling past Pat Evans's (Pam St Clement) house, she sees Bianca shouting at her adopted daughter Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) for being miserable. Poppy tries to talk to Whitney, who admits to feeling suicidal so Poppy tells Bianca that Whitney should see to a psychiatrist. Bianca disagrees initially but after realising Whitney needs professional help, she agrees and Poppy refers Whitney to a psychiatrist. The next day, Poppy leaves Bianca a message asking her to rearrange the psychiatrist's appointment after Whitney fails to attend.

Poppy receivs an emergency call-out to check on pregnant Roxy Slater (Rita Simons) after she has a fall at Walford East tube station. Later, Poppy tells Roxy that she and her baby are fine. Later, a removal van is seen outside the surgery with a man removing the placard with Poppy's name on it. Poppy helps Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison) after she has an asthma attack, and notices her breasts are sore so advises that Heather go to a clinic, which she does and finds out she's pregnant.[106] Poppy leaves Walford to retrain as a pathologist.

Lee Thompson[edit]

Lee Thompson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Carl Ferguson
First appearance 2 October 2008
Last appearance 10 October 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; guest

Lee Thompson played by Carl Ferguson, was a former school friend of Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack). It was revealed in October 2008 that Ferguson would be playing the part and the role would see him 'become involved in a tangled love affair'.[107] He appeared from 2 to 10 October 2008.[108][109]

He first appeared when Ronnie attended a school reunion, with Christian Clarke (John Partridge) posing as her husband. Lee revealed he is the best friend of Joel Reynolds (Cavan Clerkin), the father of Ronnie's daughter. He revealed that Joel knew about the school reunion but wouldn't be coming. Lee also realised that Christian was not Ronnie's husband and was in fact gay, so slid his own contact details into Christian's blazer pocket. Christian later went out for a drink with him and got Joel's contact details for Ronnie. Over the next few days Lee and Christian started a relationship, this was thanks to Christian's sister Jane Beale (Laurie Brett) sending Lee a text from Christian's phone. A few days into this relationship, Lee said that he was surprised he was attracted to Christian, as he tended to prefer younger men. They later kiss but are told by Dot Branning (June Brown) that she is as liberal as the next person, but does not approve of canoodling in public places.[110] Christian later invited Lee for a lunch with some 'friends', Jane and Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons), who had both insisted on meeting Lee. However, Lee ended up being rude to both Jane and Roxy, and later left while Christian was out buying wine, telling Jane and Roxy that Christian was too old for him and they ended their relationship.

Reception[edit]

After screening the kiss on 7 October 2008 between Lee and Christian 145 complaints were made after screening the kiss before the watershed.[111] It was described as 'offensive'.[110] One person said to the Daily Mail,'I am appalled by the display of homosexual kissing before the watershed shown on EastEnders.'This is disgraceful whilst young children are watching and sets the wrong example.'Another wrote: 'I had to explain to my seven-year-old son what was happening.'He now thinks he is gay because he kisses his dad.'I think pre-watershed standards have been irresponsibly lowered in recent years.'[110] Writing on the Points of View message board, one viewer said: "I am appalled by the display of homosexual kissing before the watershed shown on EastEnders. This is disgraceful whilst young children are watching and sets the wrong example."[112] Though one viewer said, "I don't see what the fuss is about, given the context of their kissing and messing about and the way it was portrayed."[112] The BBC defended it though saying,

'EastEnders aims to reflect real life, and this means including and telling stories about characters from many different backgrounds, faiths, religions and sexualities."We approach our portrayal of homosexual relationships in the same way as we do heterosexual relationships. In this instance, Christian is enjoying the first flush of romance and we've shown him being affectionate with his new boyfriend in the same way any couple would."We also aim to ensure that depictions of affection or sexuality between couples are suitable for pre-watershed viewing. We believe that the general tone and content of EastEnders is now widely recognised, meaning that parents can make an informed decision as to whether they want their children to watch.'[112]

Gareth McLean from The Guardian defended the kiss saying, Who are the people that complain about gay kissing in EastEnders? Don't they have anything better to do? Other than sell their daughters into slavery, kill their neighbour for working the Sabbath and stone infidels, I mean. ("Day 44 in the Old Testament House and it's time to burn a witch!"). Every time there's a bit of man-on-man kissage in Walford, the BBC gets complaints that "this filth", or words to that effect, shouldn't be on the telly. "How do I explain this to my child?" runs the gist of some of the gripes. He finished of saying 'Let's congratulate the BBC'.[113]

Stuart Turner[edit]

Stuart Turner
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ray MacAllan
First appearance 27 October 2008
Last appearance 11 November 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Detective

Detective Inspector Stuart Turner played by Ray MacAllan, first arrived in Walford along with Kenny Morris (Ryan Philpott) after Max Branning (Jake Wood) reported a burglary at his home. He made his first appearance on 27 October and his last on 11 November 2008.[114][115]

After Sergeant Morris found bullet holes in the wall, Max said that they were the work of his brother Jack Branning (Scott Maslen). This however turned out to be a ploy of his in order to prevent Jack moving away to France with Max's wife Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner) and their three children. As a result Jack was arrested for attempted murder, but was later released due to lack of evidence. The gun had been found by Turner, however he later met Jack and handed the gun over to him, as he had respect for him as a former police officer. He later appeared after Max was mowed down by a moving car. He was worried about being discovered for giving Jack the gun, but Jack assured him that he was safe. However things got worse for him when Samantha Keeble (Alison Newman) turned up and announced that she was taking over the case of the Branning brothers' feud. After Tanya confessed to the hit and run and later refused bail, Jack enlisted DI Turner to help find the witness of Max's hit-and-run. He was reluctant, but after being blackmailed by Jack over his involvement with the "missing" gun, he relented and later revealed that the witness was Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).

Samantha Keeble[edit]

Samantha Keeble
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Alison Newman
Duration 2008, 2014–15
First appearance 3 November 2008
Last appearance February 2015
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Present; recurring
Profile
Occupation Police detective inspector

Detective Inspector Samantha Keeble, played by Alison Newman, is a police officer who appears between 3 and 27 November 2008, and then again from 15 July 2014.

Keeble investigates Max Branning's (Jake Wood) hit-and-run. She is angered by his former wife Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner) who does not let her speak to their daughter Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald). Abi was in Max's house and near the 'accident' and is a key witness. In July 2014, Keeble takes over the investigation into the murder of Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater), and interviews Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) about an argument he had with Lucy on the night she died. The following day, Keeble visits Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and brother Peter Beale (Ben Hardy) informing them of Jake Stone's (Jamie Lomas) release from custody after the case against him is dropped and admitting that the investigation has stalled, and asks him to participate in a televised appeal for information from the public about the murder. At the appeal, she highlights details of the case to the assembled reporters and plays CCTV footage of Lucy on a bus on the night she died. When reporter Beth Kennedy (Jordan Baker) upsets Ian by asking questions about Lucy's drug using, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), who had seen Keeble talking to Kennedy before the press conference, thinks that Keeble believes Ian is hiding something, which is why she allowed the questioning. Two days later, Ian and Peter visit Keeble to be told that they have received new leads from members of the public about a man seen getting off the bus at the same stop as Lucy. Keeble then takes a call on her mobile phone and reveals that the man on the bus is just a key witness. Keeble apologises for getting their hopes up. Keeble speaks to Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) having identified him as the man from the bus.

In October, with Summerhayes (Anna Acton), she bumps into Max as he is leaving Ian's house. Summerhayes is surprised to discover Max and Keeble know each other. Keeble informs Ian that they had traced and eliminated all the witnesses from the bus. Keeble takes Summerhayes off the case, after discovering that she has been having a sexual relationship with Max. Keeble tells Summerhayes that she has jeopardized the murder investigation and faces an investigation by the force's professional standards department. Keeble visits Max when he complains about a reporter stalking his daughter Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) and wants to press charges. Keeble assures Max that the police have spoken to the so-called journalist, who is actually DS Cameron Bryant (Glen Wallace), and told him to back off. Keeble then warns Summerhayes, telling her not to put her police career at any further risk by remaining with Max.

Inside Soap praised Keeble's part in Lucy's murder investigation, calling her "flinty" and saying she "brought some proper policing" to the case.[116]

Kendra Hills-Smythe[edit]

Kendra Hills-Smythe
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Rebecca Egan
Duration 2008–09
First appearance 11 November 2008
Last appearance 10 April 2009
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Solicitor

Kendra Hills-Smythe[117] played by Rebecca Egan, was a solicitor employed by Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) to defend his partner Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner). She first appeared on 11 November and made two brief appearances on 1 December 2008 and 2 January 2009.[91][115][118] She returned between the 7 and the 10 April 2009.[119][120]

In the upcoming case, Tanya had been arrested for attempted murder on her estranged husband Max Branning (Jake Wood). Despite promising Jack Tanya's freedom and helping her client in every way she could in order to see that she would be given bail, she admitted to Jack that Tanya didn't stand a chance of getting released. This proved true when Tanya's bail application was denied later that day. She later appeared, when she visited Tanya in prison to inform her that Max is concerned she is covering for Jack. However, this has been proven incorrect, although it has been revealed that Tanya is covering for her daughter, Lauren Branning (Madeline Duggan) . She returned to accompany Tanya in court, she asked Tanya to think about what her plea would be. When the truth about Lauren was revealed, she asked Kendra to contact social services because she felt that she will only make things worse for her family. She appeared later when she seemingly attended Lauren's court appearance.

Amy Mitchell[edit]

"Amy Mitchell" redirects here. For the character originally named Amy Mitchell, see Danielle Jones (EastEnders).
Amy Mitchell
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Kamil & Natalia Lipka-Kozanka (2008-9)
Amelie Conway (2010–13)
Abbie Knowles (2014–)
Duration 2008–
First appearance 17 November 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Present; recurring

Amy Christina Margaret Mitchell (also Slater) played by Kamil Lipka-Kozanka and Natalia Lipka-Kozanka until 2010, Amelie Conway until 2014 and Abbie Knowles from 2014 onwards,[121] is the daughter of Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons) and Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), born on 14 November 2008. She made her first appearance on 17 November 2008, the episode in which she is born.[122]

For the first few weeks of her life, she is raised as the daughter of Roxy's husband Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) as he and Jack are unaware of Amy's true paternity. Amy is born two months premature and is put on a ventilator from birth. She is named after her presumed-dead cousin (now known as Danielle Jones (Lauren Crace), the daughter of Roxy's sister, Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack). Roxy initially decides to raise Amy with her friend Christian Clarke (John Partridge), after Sean misses Amy's birth but changes her mind when she and Sean reconcile.

Jack asks Roxy for a paternity test, aware that Amy may be his daughter. It transpires that this is so on Christmas Day 2008 which leads to Sean abducting Amy. There is a fierce argument when Sean is found with Amy which leads to Sean leaving and Amy is returned to Roxy by Sean's sister Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) on New Year's Day. Jack then spends more time with Amy and Ronnie decides Amy should be Christened and Roxy agrees. Amy's godfather is Christian and her godmother is her step-grandmother Dot Branning (June Brown), although Ronnie is originally meant to be her godmother, but gets drunk and turns up late to the ceremony.[123] Christian and his partner Syed Masood (Marc Elliott) look after Amy for a day and decide that they want a child. While Amy is being looked after by Ronnie, she draws a picture, which upsets Ronnie has Ronnie interprets it as including her son who died. Amy escapes from the house, which leads to everyone discovering Ronnie has been bailed from prison after swapping her dead baby James with Kat Moon's (Jessie Wallace) healthy son Tommy. Amy also escapes when Roxy's boyfriend Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd) leaves the door open. Amy is almost hit by Carol Jackson's (Lindsey Coulson) car but is saved by Eddie Moon (David Essex). When Amy suffers a fall at home, Roxy thinks nothing of it. Roxy goes on a night out with friends, leaving Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe) babysitting Amy. When he leaves Amy alone for a while to get a DVD from Jack's flat with Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick), Amy runs herself a bath, gets in and almost drowns. When Ben discovers her, Dr Yusef Khan (Ace Bhatti) is called and he revives her. Amy is taken to hospital in a critical condition. She recovers, but she is found to have a fracture from her previous fall, so a social worker awards temporary custody of Amy to Jack. Roxy later is allowed to see Amy, whilst a social worker evaluates Roxy's parenting skills. Jack refuses to allow Roxy to see Amy other than at arranged times. A solicitor tells Roxy to dig up as much dirt on Jack and his family as she can, but this does not work as a court grants full custody to Jack. When Roxy's cousin Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) has Jack's car crushed, Jack tells Roxy she cannot see Amy until it is replaced. Jack does not allow Roxy to give Amy her gift at Christmas, so Roxy shows Amy her puppet toy through the window, meaning Jack is forced to let Amy see Roxy. Amy starts scratching other children at nursery because of the tension between Roxy and Jack. Eventually, Roxy wins her custody case, though Jack reveals he dropped it because Roxy threatened to report him for fraud, as he forged her signature to get Amy a passport. When Roxy catches head lice, she blames Bianca Jackson's (Patsy Palmer) children, but she finds out she actually caught them from Amy. Amy's father, Jack moves away in October 2013, and Amy lived full-time with Roxy and her fiancé, Alfie Moon (Shane Ritchie) until the couple separate on their wedding day in November 2013.

On New Year's Day 2014, Amy, her mother and aunt move to Ibiza for an extended break. She returned to Walford in March with Roxy and Ronnie. Amy has a strong personality and can often be quite naughty.

Development[edit]

Robert Kazinsky who plays Sean Slater teased the Christmas storyline saying, "Sean ultimately deceives Roxy and snatches baby Amy from The Vic. Then there's a whole week of the Mitchells trying to track Sean and Amy down. Sean's holed up in a squat with the baby to give them more time together. He's simply looking after Amy, who's become the most important person in his life. Even if she isn't his child, mentally and emotionally, she is to Sean. Eventually, Sean's found and it all kicks off, culminating in a stunt with an icy lake…"[124] Kazinsky said that he thinks Sean would be a good dad to Amy saying, Sean was 16 when his father died, so for Sean, bringing up baby Amy was a way for him to make it up to his dad - by being the father to Amy that his father was to him." [124]

Ahmet[edit]

Ahmet
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Tamer Hassan
First appearance 5 December 2008
Last appearance 15 December 2008
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; guest

Ahmet played by Tamer Hassan, is an ex-boyfriend of Suzy Branning (Maggie O'Neill). He makes his first appearance on 5 December 2008.[125] He made his last appearance on 15 December 2008.[126] He was described by the South Wales Evening Post as the 'evil ex of Suzy'.[127]

Suzy's dog, Prince, went missing but after she received a "special postcard" she immediately knew who had taken him. She met up with Ahmet in a cafe where it was revealed that the gold bar Suzy had originally had belonged to him and she stole it. On 15 December 2008, he returned, leaving a heart in a box on Suzy's doorstep. He later threatened her, demanding that she give him the gold bar by the end of the day. Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) arranged to meet with him to make him back off, he handed him a wad of cash and in return, Ahmet gave Prince back. He later met up with Suzy in the park and revealed that Suzy had previously lied about a pregnancy with him. He gave her until Christmas to get the money she owed him.

Louise Hills[edit]

Louise Hill
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Adie Allen
Duration 2008–09
First appearance 11 December 2008
Last appearance 17 December 2009
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Sergeant

Detective Sergeant Louise Hills played by Adie Allen, is a sergeant who investigated the child abuse involving Tony King (Chris Coghill) and Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty). She initially appeared on 11 and 12 December 2008,[128][129] and then appeared for three more episodes, on 5 February, 30 November and 17 December 2009.[130][131][132]

She first appeared when she visited Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) on 11 December 2008 to interview her and Whitney. Whilst there, Lauren Branning (Madeline Duggan) also came forward and told her the story of how Tony treated her. The next day, she returned to Pat Evans's (Pam St Clement) house to let Bianca know that Tony had been released on police bail because Whitney hadn't given her statement. Whitney later gave her statement to the police and Tony was later charged. She returned to tell Whitney and Bianca that Tony had pleaded "Not Guilty" to the charges and she later informs them that Tony attempted suicide while in custody. She returned to tell Whitney that a verdict is expected on whether Tony will be sentenced.

Maria de Costa[edit]

Maria de Costa
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Judy Browne
Duration 2008–10, 2012
First appearance 11 December 2008
Last appearance 9 April 2012
Introduced by Diederick Santer (2008)
Bryan Kirkwood (2010, 2012)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Aliases Maria Leys
Occupation Social worker

Maria de Costa[133] (also Leys) played by Judy Browne, is a social worker. She makes her first appearance on 11 December 2008 and returns on 20 January 2009.[128][134] She reappears on 13 September and then on 30 September and then once again on 23 November.[135][136][137] She then left on 6 December 2010.[138] She returned on 22 March 2012.[139]

She first appears when she visits Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) following her abuse by Tony King (Chris Coghill). She later informs Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner) that her daughter Lauren Branning (Madeline Duggan) wanted to remain in care. She visits Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) and her baby Lily Branning, and notes that Stacey appears agitated. She visits Stacey again after Janine Malloy (Charlie Brooks) reports Stacey for neglecting Lily. However, Maria concludes that Lily is not being neglected. She returns and comes to see Stacey for a home visit, not knowing that Stacey has gone missing with Lily. She visits again where Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott) pretends to be Stacey's partner. Maria is so impressed that she says she will not need to visit Stacey again. Maria returns in March 2012 to take custody of George Trott after the death of his mother, Heather (Cheryl Fergison). She later returns George to Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), who is George's godmother, while Social Services try to locate George's father, Darren Miller (Charlie G. Hawkins). A week later she returns to collect George to reunite him with Darren.

Paul[edit]

Paul
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jack Gordon
Duration 2008–09
First appearance 23 December 2008
Last appearance 9 March 2009
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Barman

Paul,[140] played by Jack Gordon, is a barman who Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack)employed to help run R&R for a Christmas Party. He made various appearances, between December 2008,[25][141][142][143] and his last being on 9 March 2009.[144]

He appears first when he gets Danielle Jones (Lauren Crace) drunk and they sleep together. He reappeared taking her out on a date. Then he returned when Danielle discovered she was pregnant and met Paul to tell him but backed out when he told her that he already had a girlfriend. Paul re-appeared at an '80s theme night at R&R. He bumped into Danielle and her friend Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), and offered to buy them a drink. Stacey later revealed to Paul that Danielle had aborted his baby. This made him feel guilty and realised that he should have supported her. Later he had a heart to heart with Stacey and told her about how he felt. However this led to them kissing, while a heartbroken Danielle looked on.

He then later appeared when Stacey and Danielle were in the club with some boys Paul knew. Danielle spilt her drink on one of the boys and Paul appeared offering to buy her another one. At first she refused but then after Stacey butted in, she accepted his offer. When Stacey went outside to take a call from her mum, Paul talked to Danielle and apologized for the way he had behaved. He then walked her to the bar and confronted her about her abortion. He thanked her because he believed he was too young to be a dad. Danielle realised Stacey told him and threw her drink at Paul and Danielle walked out before disowning Stacey.

Dotty Cotton[edit]

Main article: Dotty Cotton

Kirsty "Dotty" Cotton is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Molly Conlin. She was introduced on 26 December 2008 as the daughter of established character Nick Cotton (John Altman). Dotty was used as Nick's partner in crime, as the duo planned to kill her grandmother Dot (June Brown) and inherit the money from her will. She and Dot subsequently became friends after the Nick's failed murder attempt, due to Dotty sabotaging their murder plan at last minute. In her final storyline, airing on 23 February 2010, she left with her mother Sandy (Caroline Pegg), whom she had believed to be dead.

Critics disliked Dotty, with her accent being criticised by Jane Simon from The Daily Mirror[145] and critics from The Guardian and The Daily Mirror glad to see her leave.[146][147] However, executive producer, Diederick Santer praised Conlin for her portrayal of Dotty[148] and both Brown and Altman opined that the storyline was one of their highlights.[149][150] The Sun described her as "one of the youngest, most wicked female soap villains".[151]

Others[edit]

Character Date(s) Actor Circumstances
DS Wrag 2–3 January[4][152] Tim Faraday A police officer investigating Kevin Wicks' suspicious death.
Alex 3 January[4] Philip Honeywell A man Preeti Choraria met as she was leaving Walford.
Rich 7 January[153] David Bauckham A friend of Vinnie Monks, who lent Vinnie his car and house.
Jo 8 January[154] Louise Fitzgerald A woman on a hen night at the R&R.
Simon 14 January[155] Danny Dalton A man who spiked Dawn Swann's drink in R&R.
Ziggy 17 January[13] Ashley Horne A member of Tegs' gang.
Donna 24 January[156] Melanie Cameron A Victoria Beckham lookalike and Minty Peterson and Hazel Hobbs's rival in the wedding competition.
Ray Walters 25 January[157] Richard Hollis A man who books R&R for a private function and meets with the owners, Jack Branning and Ronnie Mitchell, on 25 January 2008. Neither of them have read an e-mail from him explaining what he has booked the club for. He reveals that he is a naturist and that he wants to hold a naked party in the club. Ronnie and Jack joke that they and the staff could join in.
Jeph 4–5 February[33][158] Justin Marosa A traffic warden who Christian Clarke chatted up, and slept with, enraging Ian Beale.
Marni Merrick 5 February–
25 April[33][159]
Lisa Ellis A journalist from To Love and to Cherish magazine She visits Minty Peterson for a photoshoot for the wedding competition he has entered with his ex-fiancée, Hazel Hobbs. Heather Trott pretends to be Hazel when Marni arrives.
Cheryl 7 February[35] Lucy Brooks An escort hired by Deano Wicks. Deano made his mother Shirley Carter pay for her services as he had just been released from prison.
Dr Therara 11 February[160] Paul Courtenay Hyu A doctor who tended to Stacey Branning, when she ended up in hospital after taking liquid ecstasy.
Harriet Burgess 12 February–21 March
[161][162][163][164]
Lucy Robinson Tanya Branning's (Jo Joyner) divorce solicitor, who introduces herself to Tanya's husband Max Branning (Jake Wood). She represents Tanya in the divorce hearing, although her assistant is bribed by Max to "lose" the incriminating DVD of him kissing Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) and she has to change Tanya's reason for divorcing Max from "adultery" to "inappropriate behaviour". Tanya loses her temper in court, and later gets drunk and phones Harriet. Harriet also apepars when Tanya wants to get an injunction against Max after she suspects he spiked her drink. Harriet advises Tanya to smooth things over with Max or risk losing her children. She then appears so Tanya and Max can cancel their divorce proceedings.
Lorraine 14 February[162] Lisa McDonald Bradley Branning's flatmates, who argued with each other about civil partnerships.
Gilly Sarah Counsell
Moira 14 February[162] (uncredited) Harriet Burgess's assistant, who was bribed by Max Branning to "lose" the incriminating DVD showing him kissing Stacey Slater.
DC Hargreaves 19 February 2008,[165]
23 March 2010[166]
Danny Nutt[167] A police officer who investigated a break-in at Jack Branning's flat in 2008. In 2010 he informs Jean Slater that a body has been found matching her daughter Stacey Slater's description.
Bungle 21 February[168] Sam Ardley Darren Miller's friend, who attended Tanya Branning's birthday party.
Paula 25 February[169] Ellena Stacey A homeless girl who befriended Steven Beale, only to steal his wallet.
Tina Teague 25–28 February[169][170] Kerry Ann White The mother of Tegs Teague who stabbed Jay Brown. Tina appears in an attempt to bully Jay into not testifying against her son in court. She later appears when she knocks on the door of the Millers and Dawn Swann opens it. Tina threatens her saying that Jay should not go to court. When Tina purposely breaks Dawn's daughter Summer Swann's toy, Dawn snaps and throws her out and sets her dog Genghis on her. Tina's bullying tactics fail and Tegs is sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders Institution.
Simon Ackroyd 29 February 2008,[16]
3 March 2008,
5 June 2009
24 July 2014[171]
Alex Avery Abi Branning and Ben Mitchell's teacher, who appears when Max Branning and Tanya Branning and Phil Mitchell and Shirley Carter attended a parents' evening at Walford High School. He reappears on 5 June 2009 to inform Bianca Jackson that her adoptive daughter Whitney Dean did not attend any of her GCSE exams. Bianca is outraged of the way he delivers this and ejects him from her house. In July 2014, Bianca's daughter Tiffany Butcher inadvertently brings drugs into school, cooked into brownies obtained from the local café, so Mr Ackroyd calls Bianca and her mother Carol Jackson in. Bianca denies cooking the brownies, but she is drunk and he tells her that he must inform Social Services.[171]
Matthew 3–4 March James Hoogland A boy Lucy Beale met in the café, who Ian Beale later threw out of his house as he was there alone with Lucy.
Alex French 6 March[67] Pippa Hinchley The head of a construction site on George Street, who Bradley Branning approaches to ask for a job. They get off to a bad start, with Bradley initially assuming that Alex is male due to her unisex name. She offers him labouring work, though he tells her that he is looking for work as a salesman. He is later offered a job selling the flats.
Julia Ellison 6 March[67] Sally Giles A woman who interviews Stacey Branning for a place on a B.Tech course in fashion design. Although Julia cannot offer Stacey a place at Walford college, as the course is oversubscribed, she offers a place at a college in Croydon. Stacey declines as she does not want to leave Walford.
Dr Khan 10 March Meneka Das A doctor who tended to Shirley Carter when she fell and hit her head. Shirley confided in her about a lump she had found on her breast.
DC Bedows 20 March Jane Cameron A police officer investigating the disappearance of Lucy Beale.
Simon 28 March–18 April Richard Heap A private investigator hired by Christian Clarke to find Lucy Beale.
Saul 31 March James Doherty One half of a gay couple who were getting married in the hotel where Pat Evans and Peggy Mitchell were staying.
Nathan 31 March Mark Rice-Oxley One half of a gay couple who were getting married in the hotel where Pat Evans and Peggy Mitchell were staying. Nathan got cold feet and called off the civil partnership ceremony, but after talking to Pat, married Saul.
Harry 1 April Danny Brown The owner of the B&B where Bianca Jackson and her children were staying, who threw them out onto the streets.
Charmaine 3 April Claire Louise Cordwell Bianca Jackson's friend, who refused to let her and her children sleep at her house, as she already had complaints made about the noise made by her own children.
Anna 3 April Laurietta Essien A social worker who Bianca Jackson had a meeting with after she was made homeless.
Toto 3 April Anthony Warren A man who lived in Lucas Johnson's old house, and gave his daughter Chelsea Fox his new address.
Gerome 3 April Dominic Debias A member of the congregation, listening to Lucas Johnson preaching.
PC Adams 4 April, 5 May 2008
26–28 December 2009[172]
Andrew Watson A police officer who tried to help a homeless Bianca Jackson, only to be assaulted by her. He later attended the scene when Pat Evans was run over. In 2009 he appears following the murder of Archie Mitchell.
Michael 4 April Cymon Allen A man who tried to pay Bianca Jackson for sex, only for her to try and steal his money. He punched her in the face and drove away.
Sarah 4 April Michelle Abrahams Frank Butcher's solicitor, who read out his will and carried out his instructions.
Keisha 7 April–1 May Suzie McGrath Winston's niece and love interest for Gus Smith. She and Gus started dating, until Sean Slater told her Gus was a womaniser, and bedded her himself. Gus later left Walford to become a roadie on her tour.
Alice Grayling 8–14 April[56][173] Susannah Wise Bianca Jackson visits her, trying to get some emergency accommodation after her children are taken into care because they are homeless. She tells Bianca it will be difficult to place her, and asks her to wait until the next morning, but Bianca rages at her about being a single mother, and then tells her she has found a place to stay—31 Albert Square (Pat Evans house). Bianca then pretends to be back together with her son Liam Butcher's and daughter Tiffany Butcher's father Ricky Butcher, so Alice will think that there are three adults to look after her children. Alice is about to go to inspect Pat's house, but is called away to deal with another case. When Alice inspects Pat's house, she approves that the children can live there.
Alan Daniels 17–21 April[174][175] Garry Roost He is a journalist from the Walford Gazette, who organises a 'Barmaid of the Year' competition. Roxy Mitchell and Dawn Swann compete in the competition, and although Dawn rightfully wins, Roxy's lover Sean Slater threatens Alan, telling him to make Roxy the winner. Roxy later asks Alan about her victory, and he reveals that Sean had threatened him.
Wendy Hewson 17 April[174] Elizabeth Nestor Along with Jean Slater, they interrupted Jean's daughter Stacey Branning and her boyfriend Steven Beale when they were trying to have a romantic evening. Jean could not remember Wendy Hewson's first name, despite being able to remember the Wendy Simmons' first name.
Both Wendys have been mentioned a couple of times since their appearance, mainly when Jean needs somewhere to stay and calm down, most recently in June 2012.
Wendy Simmons Karren Winchester
Lucy 29 April Alice Henley A homeless girl thought to be Lucy Beale.
Richard 5 May Simon Bird A man who Peggy Mitchell took a fancy to at Ben's dancing exam.
Dr Watt 6 May Caroline Corrie A doctor who tended to Pat Evans when she was run over.
Arnold 6–9 May Richard Lumsden Clare Bates' ex-boyfriend, whose wife Clare stole jewellery from.
Gabrielle Proctor 12 May 2008,
24 March 2009
Devon Black Liam Butcher's teacher, who called a meeting with Liam's parents Ricky Butcher and Bianca Jackson to discuss Liam's truancy and bad academic results. Ricky shouted at her, accusing her of calling his son stupid, and he and Bianca left the meeting.
Laura Stewart 12 May Jessica Regan Jamie Stewart's ex-wife, who dropped off their son Felix Stewart while Jamie was on a date at The Queen Victoria with Roxy Mitchell.
Felix Stewart 12 May Oaklee Pendergast Jamie Stewart's son, who appeared when his mother Laura Stewart dropped him off with Jamie while he was on a date with Roxy Mitchell. Felix got on well with Roxy, and fell asleep on her bed.
Gail 15 May Elizabeth Knight A poledancing instructor who Jack Branning booked to give a class in the R&R.
Vicky Buchanan 16 May[176] Nicola Sanderson A custody sergeant at Walford Police Station when Shirley Carter and Heather Peterson are arrested for being drunk and disorderly. She puts them in a cell together due to overcrowding, but turns the cell alarm off due to Shirley using it to call her constantly. When Heather has an asthma attack, Shirley has to bang on the door to attract her attention, when she gives Heather her medication, then listens to Heather and Shirley's woes about Minty Peterson, Phil Mitchell and Vinnie Monks.
Glynis 20–22 May Sheryl Gannaway A flight attendant who Garry Hobbs met on his flight back from Benidorm, she visited Garry in Walford, but left when Heather Trott walked in on Minty Peterson kissing Glynis' friend.
Melaine 20–22 May Rachel Mitchem Glynis' friend, who visited Garry Hobbs with her. She ended up kissing Minty Peterson, but left in disgust when Heather Trott walked in and revealed that she was Minty's wife.
Kyle 27 May Simon Bubb A man who bought cocaine returned to Sean Slater by Chelsea Fox, only to find that Chelsea had replaced it with sugar.
Anton 29–30 May Chris Geere One of Bradley Branning's colleagues.
Piers 29 May–6 June Simon Delaney One of Bradley Branning's colleagues, who gave Chelsea Fox cocaine. He later got punched by her dad, Lucas Johnson.
Leigh 29 May Nikia Mitchell Two girls from Whitney Dean's school, who tried to mug Whitney.
Kerry Gemma Boyle
Sandra Fielding 6 June 2008,
24 March 2009,[177]
25 September 2009[178]
Kiruna Stamell An employee at Walford Primary School. her first appearance, she tested Liam Butcher for dyslexia and let Liam's father, Ricky Butcher take the test, as Liam was nervous. She concluded that there was a strong possibility that Liam had dyslexia, but Ricky was just not intelligent. In her next appearance, Ricky and his wife Bianca Jackson met her at another parents evening, and in her third, she visited Ricky and Bianca at home to discuss Liam's education.
She is EastEnders '​ first character with dwarfism.
Ted 11 June–28 July Richard Hope A man who met Jean Slater at The Vic's singles' night. He dumped her as he said that he could not cope with Jean's constant phonecalls.
Samantha 11 June (uncredited) A woman who flirted with Minty Peterson at The Vic's singles' night, and was later seen kissing him in the market.
Helen 23–24 June (uncredited) Two guests at Abi Branning's birthday party.
Rachel (uncredited)
Bernard 24 June David Bamber The maître d' at a newly refurbished Fargo's, who had to deal with bipolar Jean Slater being stood up, and Bianca Jackson not being able to pay for her family's meal on his first day.
Miranda 24 June (uncredited) A waitress at Fargo's.
Dean 8 July Henry Garrett Archie Mitchell's gardener, who his daughter, Roxy Slater slept with.
Dave 8 July Jeff Bennett A man who approached Ronnie Mitchell in a café and gave her his phone number. Ronnie's car was stolen, so she flirted with Dave to get a lift.
Timmy Tropics 14 July (uncredited) A dodgy associate of Mo Harris, who sold Billy Mitchell bananas for his fruit and veg stall. One of the boxes of bananas contained a tarantula, which bit Charlie Slater.
Chinese Walter 17 July Peter Law A dodgy associate of Mo Harris, who sold her some stolen meat. In May 2009, Mo revealed he is in prison.
Miss Levy 28 July Emmanuella Cole Billy and Honey Mitchell's bank manager, who gave them a loan.
Helen Hughes 31 July–1 August 2008
18 February 2010[179]
Joyce Henderson A registrar who marries Sean Slater and Roxy Mitchell. She has another wedding booked, so is exasperated when Sean turns up late, and is further outraged when he and Bradley Branning swap clothes at the altar, and Roxy and Sean will not stop kissing. Roxy's sister Ronnie Mitchell then storms in and tears up the marriage certificate, causing further problems. In 2010, she marries Bradley and Stacey Slater.
Chloe 1 August (uncredited) A girl at Lucas Johnson's talent show who performed a ballet routine.
Josh 1 August (uncredited) A boy at Lucas Johnson's talent show who performed a martial arts routine to the song "Kung Fu Fighting".
Shannon Jacobs 14–18 August Claire Redcliffe An environmental health inspector. She arrived to inspect the Masoods' kitchen as they had started their takeaway business from home. When she arrived, Tamwar Masood was dissecting a bull's eye on the kitchen table, and showed to her as he thought she was a reporter from the Walford Gazette. She later returned and carried out a full inspection, telling Zainab Masood that she would be shutting down the business until regulations were met.
Douglas 15 August Michael Bertenshaw The vet who euthanised Wellard.
Waseem 21 August 2008– Richard Charles A friend of Tamwar Masood, who works on the Masood family's market stall, Masala Masood.
He is seen working in the background of scenes, and on his own when the Masoods are elsewhere.
Camilla Greenwood 21 August Joanna Van Gyseghem The mother of Lucy Beale's boyfriend Olly Greenwood. She attended a meal at the Beales' house on 21 August 2008, and Lucy's father Ian Beale tried to affiliate himself with her as she was rich. She disapproved of Olly and Lucy's relationship as she wanted Olly to focus on his studies, and therefore stormed out of the house.
Cynthia Marshall 25–28 August Alexandra Bastedo A rich lady whose vintage car broke down in Walford, and Garry Hobbs and Minty Peterson flirted with her while they took it to the Arches to fix it. Although she had a fancy car and house, she did not have £200 to pay to Garry and Minty, so she gave them (along with their flatmate Vinnie Monks) her boat Phillippa instead.
Rennie 25–28 August Nick Nevern Terry Bates's henchman, who helped Terry murder Jase Dyer.
Marco (uncredited)
Campbell 25 August Frank Scantori The landlord of the pub Terry Bates and his gang frequented, who Jase Dyer intimidated while trying to track them down.
PC Jessop 25 August Ray De-Haan A police officer who pulled Jase Dyer over for speeding, only to be attacked by Jase, who then drove away.
Lindsey 25 August Sama Goldie A barmaid at R&R, who was behind the private bar at Dawn Swann's hen night.
Fiona 8 September Emma Jerrold A redhead who Ricky Butcher picked up in his taxi, and ended up taking out for a date. He told her that he was still in love with his ex-wife Bianca Jackson, and she understood although she really liked him.
Dillon 19 September Dyfed Potter Two Welsh men who met Stacey Branning and Danielle Jones in Walford park and bought them an ice cream. They later bumped into each other in R&R.
Gareth Nick Richards
Allistar Childs 26 September Peter Bramhill The regional manager of the Minute Mart franchise, who came to inspect the Bridge Street, Walford branch and its franchisees Patrick Trueman and Yolande Trueman, after Patrick sold an unchilled prawn sandwich to Dot Branning and gave her food poisoning. He found the shop in good order, despite assistant Heather's comments about Yolande trying to bribe Dot into keeping quiet. He later offered Yolande a job in the head office in Birmingham.
Kwame 26 September Tyronne Lewis A man who Suzy Branning set up on a date with Denise Wicks. Kwame bored Denise and her former boyfriend Lucas Johnson had to help her get away from the date.
Carrie Dunlop 7–9 October Nicola Wainwight A woman who worked at the care home in which Jay Brown was staying following the death of his father, Jase Dyer. She escorted Jay to his father's funeral, and later appeared when Billy Mitchell visited Jay.
Karen 2 October Georgina Lamb Ronnie Mitchell's old school friend who she met up with at a school reunion.
Miss Reynolds 13 October (uncredited) The daughter of Ronnie Mitchell's childhood sweetheart, Joel Reynolds, who answered the door to Ronnie when she went to visit Joel.
"Jo Hill" 16–17 October (uncredited) A performer in a comedy show that Jane Beale and Tamwar Masood appeared in, who was announced as "the secret lovechild of Jo Brand and Harry Hill."
Adam Smith 16–17 October David Keeling The compere and organiser of the stand-up show that Jane Beale and Tamwar Masood appeared in. He flirted with Jane and asked her out for a meal.
DS Collins 28 October Cornelius Macarthy An officer working on the Max Branning and Jack Branning attempted murder case.
Dr Lawler 31 October Claudia Elmhirst A doctor treating Max Branning after he was run over.
Nurse Kennedy 31 October 2008,
21–24 July 2009,
20 December 2010,
20 January 2011
Natasha Williams A nurse tending to Max Branning after he was run over. She also tends to Stacey Slater after a fall, and Max again when he got his finger stuck in a bowling ball. In 2010 she tends to Ryan Malloy when he is put in a medically induced coma after being poisoned by his wife Janine Butcher. In 2011 she appears when Connor Stanley is in hospital.
Will Holden 4 November–
19 December
Ross Waiton One of the many journalists around the Square when Max Branning was run over. He heard Bianca Jackson talking about the incident in Bridge Street café and spoke to her about it. When she revealed that Max was her uncle, Holden gave her his card. Bianca later asked Max's wife Tanya Branning some questions about Max, but when she realised the distress it was causing Tanya, she walked away and ripped up the card.
He made a report a month later at Christmas.
George Poulton 4 November (uncredited) The first comedian to perform at The Vic's comedy night, before Jane Beale.
Jackie 10 November Shelley Minto The forewoman on a building site on Turpin Road. She hired Sean Slater as a casual worker, paying him a pittance, and flirted with Masood Ahmed, taking her builders to his stall for lunch to help his profits.
Mal 10 November Alexander Kirk A comedy agent who visited Ian Beale and Jane Beale, interested in Jane's stand-up act. His chauvanism angered Ian, who threw him out.
Natalie Jennings 17 November (uncredited) The midwife who delivered Amy Mitchell.
Dr Mackie 17 November Mark Gillis One of the doctors who delivered Amy Mitchell.
Nina 21 November–
1 December
Belinda Everett Tanya Branning's cellmate.
Sarah 18 December Miranda Pleasence The daughter of Janine Butcher's husband, David. After his death, Sarah threw Janine out, making her homeless.
David 18–19 December Harry Towb Janine Butcher's rich, Jewish husband, who died of a heart attack when Janine was exposed as a fraud moments after they married.
"Scally" 19 December Alan Williams A tramp who Dot Branning gave spare clothes and money to so that he could clean himself up.

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