List of EastEnders characters (2014)

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The following is a list of characters by order of first appearance who first appeared, in the BBC soap opera EastEnders during 2014. The new characters are introduced by the series' executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins. Nancy Carter arrived in January with her fiancé, Wayne Ladlow, Stan Carter, Babe Smith and new market inspector, Aleks Shirovs. February saw Stacey Branning return with her daughter Lily and also her new boyfriend, Luke Riley, followed by Fiona "Tosh" Mackintosh. On 10 March, Charlie Cotton and on 4 April, Lee Carter. Donna Yates, a new market stallholder and Pam Coker, Les Coker's wife, both arrived on 14 April. DC Emma Summerhayes was introduced on 21 April, as the Police Family Liaison Officer for the Beales after Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) is murdered. Yvonne Cotton made her debut on 12 May.

Nancy Carter[edit]

Nancy Carter
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Maddy Hill
Duration 2014–
First appearance 1 January 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Barmaid

Nancy Carter, played by Maddy Hill, is the daughter of Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright).[1] She made her first appearance on 1 January 2014[2] when about to marry Wayne Ladlow (Malachi Kirby) in Watford. Wayne is instantly disliked by Mick who carries the intended bride over his shoulder to their the family-owned pub, The Queen Victoria where Nancy will live. Nancy continues to see Wayne in Walford.[2] After punching Dexter Hartman (Khali Best) publicly, Nancy reveals during a family argument that her younger brother Johnny Carter (Sam Strike) is gay.[3] Nancy realises that Wayne is a stripper and ends their relationship. Nancy collapses in the park with an epileptic fit when she is with Dexter and during her recuperation under Dexter's care he declares that he finds Nancy attractive. Dexter follows Nancy when she goes down in to The Queen Vic cellar to change the barrel, she is impressed when he removes his T-shirt and are interrupted before they start having sex when they hear groaning—Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra) is on the floor of the pub's alleyway after being mugged. Nancy befriends Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) including providing him with a bed in the pub after his father punches him. In May 2014, Dexter kisses Nancy, but she is unsure how to respond. Later on, Nancy walks in on her grandmother Shirley (Linda Henry) and great-grandfather Stan (Timothy West) arguing and collapses and suffers a second epileptic fit, but is helped by Stan and Shirley.

Hill's casting as Nancy was announced on 29 October 2013, on which the actress said: "I feel incredibly privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to start work with such a talented cohort of actors".[1] Nancy is described as a stubborn and fiery 21-year-old tomboy that is a disappointment to her mother. However, she is also an "extremely caring and loyal friend" although she brings trouble with her.[4] Hill described Nancy as "boisterous", a "total tomboy" and "pretty good at sports".[5] Hill opined that the storyline involving Wayne, and his subsequent exit scenes were "too satisfying to film".[6] She said, Nancy's not too bothered about Wayne at this point. She knows her parents don't like him so Nancy was basically just vying for their attention. In any case, I think that Nancy's always known she was too bright for Wayne".[6] Khali Best, who plays Dexter Hartman, has stated that he has "got a lot of stuff coming up with Nancy", opining that the two characters "would work well", however Hill has played this down saying, "I've been asking Dom [Treadwell-Collins] to tell me what is going to happen, but he won't say anything".[6][7][8] Hill won "Best Newcomer" at The British Soap Awards 2014 for her portrayal of Nancy.

The Guardian's Filipa Jodelka praised the introduction of the Carter family, calling Nancy "the true beacon of hope for EastEnders future".[9] A critic from Huddersfield Daily Examiner said that Dyer and Hill could be the "saviors of EastEnders", stating that Nancy "shoots straight to the top of Characters To Love list when she refuses to serve Dexter in the pub".[10] "A Digital Spy poll (2014) asked respondents to indicate their favourite Carter family member: Nancy was ranked fourth with 8.61% of the results; Mick was ranked first; Johnny, ranked second; Tina, third; and Linda, fifth.[11]

Wayne Ladlow[edit]

Wayne Ladlow
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Malachi Kirby
First appearance 1 January 2014
Last appearance 23 January 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Former; recurring

Wayne Ladlow, played by Malachi Kirby,[2] was Nancy Carter's (Maddy Hill) fiancé. He first appeared on 1 January with Nancy on their wedding day. Wayne follows Nancy to Walford where they resume their relationship in secret.[2]

Inside Soap reported that Nancy's parents Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) hate Wayne, and called him "feckless". Dyer said that Nancy is probably planning to marry him just to rebel against Linda.[12] Hill opined that Wayne's exit scenes were "too satisfying to film".[6] She said, Nancy's not too bothered about Wayne at this point. She knows her parents don't like him so Nancy was basically just vying for their attention. In any case, I think that Nancy's always known she was too bright for Wayne".[6]

When Mick interrupts his wedding ceremony to Nancy and takes her back to live with them in Walford, Wayne soon follows his fiancée to the area, staying at the local B&B. He resumes his relationship with Nancy, but flirts heavily with some of Walford's other women, including the B&B owner, Denise Fox (Diane Parish). Mick hires Wayne to fix a damp problem in The Queen Victoria public house, but while he is doing the job Nancy discovers he has been showing private pictures of her to other boys in the pub, leading to her humiliating Wayne by showing everyone similar pictures of him. An angry Wayne then leaves Walford.

Aleks Shirovs[edit]

Aleks Shirovs
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Kristian Kiehling
Duration 2014–
First appearance 24 January 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Market inspector

Aleks Shirovs, played by Kristian Kiehling, made his first appearance on 24 January 2014.[13] Kiehling auditioned for the role and said he was "so excited" when he learned he had won the role.[13] Of his casting, Kiehling told from Digital Spy, "I'm very glad to be here. First of all I was thrilled and terrified to be joining the show! I was thrilled because it's a great honour for me to be here, but then terrified because Britain is a country of such great talent in terms of directors and actors, so it was overwhelming."[13] Kiehling explained that Aleks is a Latvian who is "very, very meticulous" and is serious about his business. He is introduced as a new market inspector who likes to do things by the book.[13] Kiehling also said "Aleks is also kind of a peacock – he's very vain and wears expensive clothes. He's very sweet to the ladies, too – he's got a soft spot for beautiful women."[13] The actor added that there are two sides to Aleks and that he was leading a double life.[13]

Aleks puts market assistant Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) on probation and warns him to prove himself if he wants to keep his job. He tells Tamwar that there are plans to merge the street markets and not to tell anyone. However, Tamwar's sister Shabnam (Rakhee Thakrar) leaks the news causing the market traders to rally together against him, led by Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright). He and Jake Stone (Jamie Lomas) together rent a flat. Aleks dates Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons), on orders from her sister, Ronnie (Samantha Womack). When Ronnie calls their relationship off Aleks is annoyed, and when Ronnie doesn't pick Roxy up from an unknown address, she calls Aleks, who immediately comes to her rescue. The pair end up having sex, which infuriates Ronnie. After needing more money for the rent, Aleks advertises for a third person to live in the flat with him and Jake. Fiona "Tosh" Mackintosh (Rebecca Scroggs) calls Aleks about the flat and later moves in. Aleks is surprised to discover she is in a relationship with Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White). Later, Roxy discovers that Ronnie paid Aleks and they have an argument but they stay together. Then, Aleks' young daughter, Ineta (Octavia Alexandru) skypes him asking if he is returning home to Latvia.

Aleks later makes life difficult for fellow market stallholder Alfie Moon (Shane Richie), and he soon becomes suspicious when he walks in on Aleks talking to somebody over Skype in Latvian and angrily throws Alfie out. Alfie enlists the help of Tamwar to hack into Aleks' laptop and see what he is hiding, and Tamwar tells Alfie that he has been contacting his wife. Alfie and Tamwar plan to tell Roxy, but when Alfie does so, she does not believe him. She confronts Tamwar and his sister, Shabnam, about Alfie's discovery, so he shows her the evidence. Later on, Roxy cooks a romantic meal for Aleks, and she asks him about his wife. He reveals he has a daughter, Ineta, and that he is still married to Ineta's mother. Roxy then throws Aleks out of her house. The following day, Roxy buys Aleks plane tickets to return home to Latvia, but as he is about to leave, Roxy stops him, saying that she still wants to be with him. Aleks later nearly comes to blows with Alfie after he makes remarks about Aleks' marital status.

Stan Carter[edit]

Timothy West plays Stan Carter
Stan Carter
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Timothy West
Duration 2014–
First appearance 27 January 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Retired fishmonger

Stanley "Stan" Carter, played by Timothy West, is the father of Shirley (Linda Henry) and Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White), and the grandfather of Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), although Mick believes Stan to be his father.[15] He made his first screen appearance on 27 January 2014. The character and casting were announced on 12 December 2013,[15] when West commented, "I am excited to be joining EastEnders for the first time. Stan is a wonderful character and I look forward to seeing what is going to happen to him."[15] Stan is characterised as a retired Billingsgate fishmonger, who is "delighted" to be around his children again, as he has been lonely since his wife left him 30 years ago.[15] Stan has been billed as "opinionated and curmudgeonly", and having a manipulative side.[15] A spokesperson said, "Stan is no fluffy old man in a cardigan, and it won't be long before he starts manipulating the whole Carter clan from the comfort of his armchair."[16]

When Mick visits Stan with Tina and Shirley he is in desperate need of money. Shirley stays in the car while Mick and Tina visit Stan. Stan notices Shirley in the car and says that they can have the money if Shirley comes up to the flat. The two of them talk about when Mick and Tina went into care. Stan gives Shirley Deano's (Matt Di Angelo) mobile number, saying that he is now going by the name of Dean. A few weeks later, Shirley learns from her aunt Babe Smith (Annette Badland) that Dean is been staying with Stan. Shirley visits him, expecting to see Dean but Stan tells her that Dean went away a few days ago. A few weeks later, Mick receives news that Stan has been involved in an accident and broken his ankle. He visits him in hospital and Tina brings him to the pub, where they agree to stick it out for three weeks. After Mick's wife Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) forbids Stan to smoke in the house, he secretly smokes out of the window whilst the family is out, accidentally causing a small fire when the cigarette is not stubbed out properly. He is rescued by his great-grandson Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard) who the rest of the family believed was still serving in Afghanistan. It is revealed Lee has been staying with Stan for a week. After Mick believes Stan has been wetting the bed, a furious Stan demands to be taken back home. Whilst there, he is visited by Dean, who is in trouble with the law for handling stolen goods. When the police arrive, Stan takes the blame and is arrested. Mick later collects him and returns him to Walford.

Stan later flirts with Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell), and offers her a loan when he learns that she is struggling for money. When Nancy suffers an epileptic fit, Stan and Shirley unite to help her and successfully deal with the issue. Wanting to reconcile with Shirley further, Stan calls Dean to The Vic, under the pretence that Shirley will not be there. However, the reunion does not go well and Mick ends up punching Dean when he turns nasty with Shirley. Shirley blames Stan for the situation and threatens to throw him out, but he tells her if she does that he will reveal that it was her, not Shirley's mother Sylvie, that tried to drown Mick when he was very young. When the Carters decide to re-paint the exterior of The Vic, Tina tells Mick that she can remember when they were decorating and when Mick nearly drowned in a bath, and that their mother Sylvie was not present. Mick believes that Stan was the culprit who tried to drown him, and orders him to leave The Vic immediately. When Stan takes a long time packing, Mick violently grabs him and tries to drown him in the bath, although Shirley storms in a reveals that it was her who tried to drown Mick, and not Stan. When Johnny goes missing after an argument with Linda, Stan takes Linda and Nancy to his whereabouts; Stan's old council flat. During a heart-to-heart with Stan, Linda reveals that Johnny is named after her father, who died from a heart attack when she was 15 years of age. She also reveals that when Johnny nearly died at birth, she swore to keep him safe forever, but Stan reminds Linda that Johnny is no longer a child and needs to be allowed to grow up.

Babe Smith[edit]

Babe Smith
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Annette Badland
Duration 2014–
First appearance 31 January 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Aliases Aunt Babe
Occupation Barmaid
Drug dealer

Babe Smith, also called Aunt Babe, played by Annette Badland, is the maternal aunt of Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) and Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White), and great-aunt of Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), who is secretly Shirley's son.[15][17] She makes her first on-screen appearance on 31 January 2014. The character and casting were announced on 12 December 2013.[15] Of joining the show, Badland stated, "I'm thrilled to be joining the cast of EastEnders as I've always admired the show and everyone involved in it seems so warm-hearted. Aunt Babe is a fabulous and complex woman and I can't wait to get stuck into the role."[15] Aunt Babe is reportedly "thrilled" to be back amongst her family and does not want her sister's ex-husband Stan Carter (Timothy West) to ruin things. Aunt Babe is described as "a no-nonsense, bustling busybody with a big heart."[15] Beneath her bubbly personality, she is both shrewd and tough.[15]

Aunt Babe arrives in Walford when the The Queen Victoria is holding a karaoke night. Her relationship with her niece, Tina, is very close, but she finds Shirley distant, and would like to spend more time with her. She tells Shirley that she has not made contact with her sister, Shirley and Tina's mother, Sylvie, in months. However, Babe has missed three telephone calls from Sylvie. She contacts her sister, but does not tell her where she is. Babe returns later helps the Carters prepare for a protest against the closure of Bridge Street Market, and reveals that when the children were young, she sold marijuana to help out financially. She later helps Tina, who is struggling for money, by giving her marijuana to sell. She gives Tina chocolate brownies cooked with the drug, but Liam Butcher (James Forde) takes them, mistaking them for normal brownies. She drives a green Reliant Rialto estate.

Luke Riley[edit]

Luke Riley
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Matt Willis
First appearance 13 February 2014
Last appearance 27 February 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Former; guest

Luke Riley,[18] played by Matt Willis, is the boyfriend of Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) who returned to EastEnders in February 2014 after an absence of three years. When Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) sees Stacey from the top of a bus in central London after three years thinking Stacey was living in Mexico, she enlists the help of Max Branning (Jake Wood) to find her. Eventually tracking her down to a flat in West London, she meets Luke, who is revealed to be Stacey's long-term boyfriend. However, he has no idea of Stacey's past life, including the fact she was responsible for the murder of Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb), and believes she is called Jenny Smith. Kat pretends to be the cleaner Luke and Stacey have hired, but when he works out she is an imposter, she flees believing he will call the police. Stacey convinces Luke not to involve the police before visiting Kat, where she realises she cannot keep living a lie with Luke. After briefly fleeing, she returns to Luke, who has since discovered who she is really is from Kat. He ends the relationship and she returns to Walford to live with Kat, but continues to leave messages for Luke in an attempt to reconcile with him. Realising he still loves Stacey, he visits Walford and meets Kat's husband, Alfie Moon (Shane Richie). Luke is appalled when he hears that Stacey killed a man and flees, leaving Stacey heartbroken.

Luke is described as ambitious and is said to be "deeply in love" with Stacey. Willis said of his casting, which was announced on 19 December 2013: "I am so thrilled to be a part of such an iconic show. I grew up watching EastEnders so this is really exciting for me!"[19] Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added: "I've always loved Matt and it will be a real treat for viewers to watch him and Lacey together on screen as part of her return to the Square. Luke gives as good as he gets, so is a great foil to Stacey. Pity she's been lying to him since the day she met him..."[19] Willis started filming his role in December 2013.[19] EastEnders confirmed on Twitter that Willis would be joining for "a short stint".[20]

Fiona "Tosh" Mackintosh[edit]

Fiona "Tosh" Mackintosh
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Rebecca Scroggs
Duration 2014–
First appearance 25 February 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Firefighter

Fiona "Tosh" Mackintosh, played by Rebecca Scroggs, made her first screen appearance on 25 February 2014.[21] The character and casting was announced on 9 February 2014.[22] Tosh is the actress's first major television role.[22] Of joining the show, Scroggs commented "I'm very excited to be joining EastEnders in my first major television role. I grew up watching the show and it feels amazing to actually be a part of it now! I'm really going to enjoy working with the Carter family, they've brought such great energy to the Square."[22] Tosh is Tina Carter's (Luisa Bradshaw-White) ex-girlfriend. She comes to Walford to see Tina and try and work on their relationship.[22] Tosh is a firefighter who is as billed "as strong, feisty and bright".[22]

After arguing with her sister Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), Tina decides to reconnect with Tosh after realising that she still views Tosh as "a loved one". She brings Tosh to a family dinner, where she instantly clashes with Shirley, who knows that Tosh can be violent and previously beat Tina when they were together, while befriending Tina's sister-in-law Linda Carter (Kellie Bright). Shirley visits Tosh at the fire station to warn her to stay away from Tina, but is humiliated by the firefighter who soaks her using a fire hose. Still determined to stop Tina from seeing Tosh, Shirley locks her in the upstairs lounge of The Queen Victoria public house, but Tosh rescues Tina with a fire ladder. As they prepare to spend some time together as a couple, Tina is called to help Cindy Williams (Mimi Keene) who has drunk herself paralytic despite being pregnant. Tosh, unwilling to give up her time off, leaves Tina to deal with the situation alone.

Tosh later feels insecure about Tina's friendship with Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons) despite the fact that she is not a lesbian. In late April 2014, Tosh and Tina agree to spend the night in town. but Tina is caught up with her friend Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy), and tells Tosh to leave without her. The following day, Tosh shouts at Tina in The Queen Vic and is told to leave by Shirley. She later talks to Aleks Shirovs (Kristian Kiehling) in The Vic, and they come to a decision that Tosh will move in with him and fellow flatmate Jake Stone (Jamie Lomas), which delights Tina. Later on, Tina also moves in with them. Tosh overhears Sonia and her half-sister Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) talking about a kiss between Tina and Sonia. She is furious with Tina and confronts her, leading to her knocking Tina's head against the door frame. The pair later reconcile and decide to start a family together.

Charlie Cotton[edit]

Not to be confused with Charlie Cotton.
Charlie Cotton
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Declan Bennett
Duration 2014–
First appearance 10 March 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Police officer

Charlie Cotton, played by Declan Bennett,[23][24] is the grandson of Dot Branning (June Brown) and son son of Nick Cotton (John Altman).[23] The casting was announced on 22 January 2014.[23] The actor began filming in February.[23] In his first episode, he was credited as "male police officer", and not by name.

Charlie first appeared without introducing himself when he accompanied a policewoman on 10 March 2014, informing Dot of Nick's death. He returned later and explained to Dot that he is Nick's son; the result of a brief marriage in the late 1980s. He said that a friend down at the station mentioned a dead Cotton. Dot struggles to accept Charlie, while he helps with the arrangements for Nick's funeral. Dot insists that the coffin will be in the house on the day before the funeral. When Dot's friends visit to pay their respects to Nick, Charlie gets into an argument with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and the coffin falls open and an arm falls out. Charlie is quick to react, and tells the funeral director Les Coker (Roger Sloman) to nail the coffin closed so nothing like it happens again. After Nick's funeral, Charlie takes Dot to the crematorium to see Nick's body before cremation, but they are too late, leaving Dot devastated. Charlie later has sex with Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) after she accidentally runs over Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) in her car.

Charlie and Dot continue to grow close and she introduces her husband Jim to him off-screen. Les begins to blackmail Charlie by threatening to reveal secrets about Nick's death and funeral. Dot discovers that nobody called Charlie Cotton works in the police force, and questions whether he is really her grandson at all. She refuses to listen to Charlie's excuses, instead opting to contact his mother Yvonne (Pauline McLynn) for answers. Yvonne backs up Charlie's story that his case requires him to use a false name, but after the meeting Charlie warns Yvonne to make sure that she keeps their secret, as otherwise a member of Dot's family will hurt her again. Charlie continues to bond with Dot, who is pleased about his relationship with Ronnie. However, Charlie is left confused and upset when Ronnie ends their relationship before leaving Walford.

When Dot organises a memoration of those who died in the Great War, Charlie asks Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hanchard) to speak. Dot's step-daughter, Carol Branning (Lindsey Coulson) asks Charlie to speak with her grandson, Liam Butcher (James Forde), to clarify what to tell the police as they are asking questions about drug dealing in the square. After he leaves, Carol discovers his phone and answers it, and later tells Charlie that Nick was on the other end of the line.

Lee Carter[edit]

Lee Carter
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Danny-Boy Hatchard
Duration 2014–
First appearance 4 April 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Soldier

Lee Carter, played by Danny-Boy Hatchard, made his first screen appearance on 4 April 2014.[citation needed] Hatchard's casting was announced on 21 January 2014, while the character has previously been mentioned by members of his on-screen family.[25] Hatchard will begin filming with the show in February.[25] Of his casting, the actor said "I'm incredibly excited to be a part of EastEnders, a show that my family and I have watched for years. It's an honour to have the chance to share the camera with such talented actors and I can't wait to get cracking and join the Carter family."[25] Lee is the eldest son of Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) and comes to Walford having served a tour of duty as a soldier in Afghanistan.[25] Digital Spy's Meg Drewett reports that Lee is a "Jack-the lad" character[25] with parents that are happy to have him home, but they soon become frustrated by Lee's "reluctance to pull his weight" with their pub.[25] Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins commented that "Lee Carter is going to pelt into the Square, ruffle some feathers and immediately prove that he's a chip off his father's block.".[25] In late April 2014, Hatchard took a short break and, will return in July 2014.

When the Carters move into Albert Square, Lee is serving in the army and speaks with his mother Linda using the web. Three months later, his father Mick visits Stan (Timothy West), Mick's father but before he can reach the flat he is hit by an unknown youth, and afterwards Mick discloses to Max Branning (Jake Wood) that he believes that the man was his son, Lee. A week later, it is Lee who saves Stan from a fire at the The Queen Victoria. The family meet at the hospital. When his father asks him why he punched him, he confirms that he was in Stan's flat. Lee then has sex with Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater). However she insists it was a one time thing. He begins pursuing Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) instead, but later resumes his fling with Lucy. When Lucy is found dead, the police take a DNA sample from Lee, before he returns to the army. He returns as a surprise for Linda on her birthday. He bonds with his cousin, Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo), and becomes drunk at his mother's party. After passing out on Mick's bed, he tells his father he did something stupid in connection with Lucy.[26]

Donna Yates[edit]

Donna Yates
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Lisa Hammond
Duration 2014–
First appearance 14 April 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Market stall holder

Donna Yates, played by Lisa Hammond made her first appearance on 14 April 2014.[27] Donna was written as Trish Yates[28] and not originally a disabled character, but this was changed when Hammond impressed producers during her audition.[29] Donna is the second regular disabled character to appear in EastEnders after Adam Best (David Proud).[29] Of her casting, Hammond said "I'm really excited to join EastEnders. Donna is a bit of a handful but they are always the most fun characters – it feels good to be bad."[29] Donna is a market trader, who clashes with rival stall holders Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) and Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace). Series producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins described Donna as being "flinty, aggressive and difficult".[29] He added that initially she would be difficult to like, but eventually her funny and loyal side would come out.[29]

In an interview with Inside Soap, Hammond said, "there will be a humorous side to Donna." Despite being billed as aggressive and difficult, Hammond insists that she won't be totally unlikeable.[30] She continued, "Initially, Donna is very opinionated. But there is a humorous side to her. I don't want her to just be a hard-faced cow. There needs to be a glint in her eye, tinged with a bit of sarcasm as well. It was hard to launch into being such a fiery character. Once I settled in, I thought, 'This is fun - people will hate me!'"[30]

It was reported that her character would get on the wrong side of Bianca and Kat immediately, following their assumption she is from the council.[30] Hammond said: "Not only did I come in on my first day as someone who is difficult and a bit nosey, but I had to do it with Kat and Bianca! They are really strong women, so it was daunting. But Patsy (Bianca) and Jessie (Kat) have always been a good laugh in between scenes, so it was very easy to settle in." She also confirmed that her mentor is Patsy Palmer; "Patsy is my mentor. She told me to come straight to her with any questions."[30]

Following the decision to merge Spring Lane market with Bridge Street market, Donna arrives to assess the competition. Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) assumes she is from the council and questions her. When she discovers she is a stallholder, she is furious to discover that the Spring Lane stallholders already know about the decision to merge. Later, Donna is hostile towards Kat and Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) as she also sells clothes. When the Spring Lane traders arrive, Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) asks Donna to wear a black armband as a mark of respect for Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater), who has recently been killed. However, Donna refuses as she does not want to put buyers off. It later becomes clear that Donna fancies Terry Spraggan (Terry Alderton), and takes a disliking to Terry's ex-wife, Nikki (Rachel Wilde). Donna is later rude about Patrick Trueman's (Rudolph Walker) stroke, which angers Kat.

Pam Coker[edit]

Pam Coker
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Lin Blakley
Duration 2014–
First appearance 14 April 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Funeral director
Market stallholder

Pamela "Pam" Coker (also known as Birdie), played by Lin Blakley, made her first appearance on 14 April 2014.[27] The character and casting was announced on 4 April 2014.[31] Pam is the wife of established character Les Coker (Roger Sloman) who was made a regular in April 2014.[32] Of her casting, Blakley said "Being part of EastEnders is like going to work and being with another family. I'm really enjoying myself. Working with Roger has been wonderful from the word go, we have a laugh together and I feel like I have known him forever." [31] Series producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said "Les and Pam are part of our plans to rejuvenate the show's older generation. It's already so exciting to watch the chemistry between Roger and Lin on set, playing characters who have been together for so long, they know each other inside out. Or so they think." [31]

Pam makes her first appearance on 14 April 2014 as her market, Spring Lane, has been merged with Bridge Street Market. She is delighted when her husband Les reveals that he has bought 53 Turpin Road, a property across the road from the market, to run their funeral directors business from. The following week, the couple move into the upstairs apartment, so that Pam can start work on the market as soon as possible. Following the merge, she opens up her flower stall, and introduces herself to stall holder, Alfie Moon (Shane Richie). Also, Pam is not in competition with anyone, as nobody from Walford runs a flower stall, so enjoys listening to the arguments and gossip between other rival stall holders. Pam later worries that Les' business in funeral directing isn't doing very well, and later chats to Dot Branning (June Brown) in the launderette. In July, Pam attends Sonia Fowler's (Natalie Cassidy) health class at the community centre with Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell), Mo Harris (Laila Morse) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright). When Sonia's mother, Carol (Lindsey Coulson), who is suffering from breast cancer, arrives Pam, Cora, Linda and Mo all try and persuade her to have a double mastectomy, although this angers Carol. Pam later chats with Carol, who confides in Pam about her fears. Pam tells Carol to do everything in her power to make sure that the cancer does not return, so Carol decides to have a double mastectomy.

Pam later agrees to babysit for Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) and Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold), but after she drops a cup while on the phone to Les, she discovers photographs of the recently murdered Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) behind Billy's fridge. The following day, Pam confronts Billy, but he explains that the photographs of Lucy are her twin brother, Peter's (Ben Hardy).

DC Emma Summerhayes[edit]

DC Emma Summerhayes
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Anna Acton
Duration 2014–
First appearance 21 April 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; regular
Occupation Detective Constable
Family Liaison Officer

Detective Constable Emma Summerhayes, played by Anna Acton, made her first appearance on 21 April 2014.[27] The character and casting was announced on 17 April 2014.[33] Summerhayes is a police officer tasked with finding the killer of murdered character Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater). Of her casting, a show insider said: “Anna has a huge role to play in one of the biggest soap storylines for years. She is the one who hopes to be able to pinpoint the killer and to begin with there are plenty of suspects.” [33] Of the police officers investigating Lucy's death, series producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins had previously said: "We don't want the police to come across as incompetent soap police. If the police were really good, we'd have no story to tell and there'd be nothing to watch, but as time goes on, some of the police are changed and some people are taken off the case. We also try to characterise each police officer, so they're not just generic fact-givers. They're all characters in their own right and they've got loads of stories running through as well." [31]

Summerhayes first arrives in Walford with her colleague, DS Bryant (Glen Wallace), and together they reveal to a shaken Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) that his daughter is dead. She reveals that she will be acting as his Family Liaison Officer and later accompanies Ian to the mortuary so he can view Lucy's body. Summerhayes returns the following day with DCI Irving (Colin McFarlane) and explains that forensics will need to examine Lucy's bedroom. She speaks to Lucy's twin brother, Peter (Ben Hardy), asking whether Lucy had any enemies. Peter says that Lucy had no enemies, but he then believes that Summerhayes is hiding information from the family. Summerhayes later visits the Brannings, and questions Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) about Lucy's final movements and her relationships with local residents.

The following week, Summerhayes arrives at the Beales and reveals to Ian, Peter and Ian's fiancée Denise Fox (Diane Parish) that Lucy was in fact murdered by someone she knew, not involved in a random mugging as had first been thought. She also reveals that before her death, Lucy had been having an affair with an unknown man, and that they need to find out who she was seeing. Lauren later tries to contact Summerhayes when she believes that Jake Stone (Jamie Lomas) was Lucy's murderer, but Summerhayes fails to get back to her. When Jake is later arrested, Summerhayes assists in questioning him and later visits the Beales to tell them they are currently building a case against Jake and he will not be granted bail. When Ian is getting ready to re-open his restaurant to take his mind off of Lucy's death, Summerhayes turns up and talks to Peter without Ian knowing. She informs Peter that Lucy's body has been released and that they can begin preparations for her funeral, which stuns Peter. Summerhayes is present at Lucy's funeral and subsequently when Ian reveals Lucy's secret relationship with Max Branning (Jake Wood). She returns to Walford several weeks later to question Max and his daughter Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald) over their statements, following Max's revelation that he saw Lucy and Jake together on the night she died. Max and Summerhayes grow close and she confides in him over her recent split from her fiancé, prompting them to sleep together. Summerhayes tells Max that it cannot happen again as her career would be in jeopardy, but when she pays him another visit, they end up sleeping together a second time.

Summerhayes continues her relationship with Max in secret, and they are nearly caught out having sex in the car lot office by Lauren, forcing Summerhayes to hide under Max's desk. After Max sends Lauren away, Summerhayes convinces him to try and make amends with her. She later returns and overhears an argument between Max and Lauren in the café, about Max's previous affairs. Max later apologises to Summerhayes for what she overheard and she tells him she does not judge him and they kiss again. She stays the night and the following morning, she is worried about being seen leaving Max's house and he cooks her breakfast. Max talks to her about his daughters. Summerhayes then receives a phone call telling her that her boss, DCI Irving, has been removed from the case and replaced with DI Samantha Keeble (Alison Newman), who hates Summerhayes, and she quickly leaves for work. She and Keeble question Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) about some new information about Lucy's murder. Just before they do so, they watch Billy talking to his granddaughter Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) in the Square from their car, and Summerhayes gives her some background information about Billy. Keeble tells Summerhayes to keep her thoughts to herself as she does not want anything from the old investigation to cloud her judgement. Summerhayes takes notes whilst Keeble questions Billy. Afterwards, Keeble is angry with Summerhayes for not keeping a closer eye on the local residents, and for not noticing Billy sooner, telling her to do better. Summerhayes then visits Max and ends their relationship. The next day she visits the Beales just after Keeble has updated them on the investigation. Peter tells Summerhayes that he saw her in the Square the previous day and she claims that she was tying up some loose ends. Summerhayes tries her best to reassure the family but both Ian and Peter accuse Summerhayes and the police of hiding information from them. Summerhayes insists that there are some things she cannot tell them about. Summerhayes then visits Max again and reignites their relationship and they are spotted kissing by Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick).

Yvonne Cotton[edit]

Yvonne Cotton
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Pauline McLynn
Duration 2014–
First appearance 12 May 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; recurring

Yvonne Cotton, played by former Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn, made her first screen appearance on 12 May 2014.[34] The character and McLynn's casting was announced on 25 April 2014.[34] McLynn will appear on a recurring basis as the mother of Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett).[34] Of her casting, the actress said "It is a thrill to join EastEnders, my favourite soap, and in particular any chance to be part of a Dot Cotton storyline is not to be passed up. June Brown is a legend and I feel privileged to act with her."[34] Yvonne will arrive on Albert Square to give Dot Branning (June Brown) some answers over the sudden appearance of her grandson.[34] Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins expressed his excitement about having another Irish character on the show and quipped, "I know that viewers are going to both love and be intrigued by Yvonne Cotton."[34]

Yvonne first appears when Dot and Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) text her from her son Charlie's mobile phone and arrange to meet at Dot's house. They meet, and Yvonne and Dot immediately clash, but later get on. She confirms that Charlie is her and Dot's son Nick's (John Altman) son, after Dot believed that Charlie was lying to her about his identity. When Charlie and Yvonne leave, it is clear that something is suspicious as Charlie asks whether Dot believed what Yvonne has said. They also imply that Yvonne has been hurt by a member of Dot's family.

Gianluca Cavallo[edit]

Gianluca Cavallo
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Gabriele Lombardo
First appearance 27 June 2014
Last appearance 10 July 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Former; guest

Gianluca "Luca" Cavallo, played by Gabriele Lombardo,[35] appears in three episodes between 27 June and 10 July 2014. Johnny Carter (Sam Strike) meets Gianluca outside a gay pub in Soho where they start chatting and agree to attend Pride London together the next day.[35] They stay in contact via text message.[36] Johnny later invites Gianluca to his mother Linda Carter's (Kellie Bright) birthday party at The Queen Victoria public house. Gianluca reveals that he is returning home to Italy the following morning and suggests making their last night together an enjoyable one. At the pub, Johnny introduces Gianluca to his family. Johnny then loses his virginity to Gianluca. As Gianluca is leaving, Linda tells him he is welcome back anytime.[37] Johnny walks Gianluca to the tube station and kisses him goodbye. He briefly considers going with Gianluca to Italy but Gianluca tells him to stay as his life is in London, and Johnny bids him farewell.[26]

Images of Johnny and Gianluca's first scenes emerged in June 2014. They were filmed on location outside the Duke of Wellington public house in Soho,[38] with a gay pride event being recreated and the pub being filled with extras.[39] Gianluca was described as a "handsome Italian" by the Daily Mail, who reported that Johnny would face heartbreak.[40] All About Soap thought Gianluca looked "perfect" for Johnny, but said "his dress sense leaves a bit to be desired."[39] The Daily Star welcomed the kiss between Johnny and Gianluca, as an earlier kiss between Johnny and Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) had received complaints.[41] An EastEnders insider said: "After Johnny meets Gianluca they have a full-on fling [...] and Johnny really falls for him. [...] He's so loved up that it doesn't take his family long to work out what's going on and he has no choice but to bring Gianluca home to meet them all. Johnny is on cloud nine and hasn't been this happy in months."[42] The storyline received homophobic comments from a small minority of viewers before it had been broadcast.[43]


Character Date(s) Actor Circumstances
Garvey 17 January Thomas Aldridge[44] A builder who informs the Carters they have a severe case of rising damp in the barrel store of The Queen Victoria pub.[44]
Mr Brewer 24 January Uncredited An environmental health officer who arrives at The Queen Victoria pub following complaints about their meat.[45] The next week he tells Linda Carter that the meat is lamb, though the Carters suspected it might be dog.[46]
Verity 10–11 February
(2 episodes)
Saskia Butler[47] The owner of a salon which is frequented by Stacey Slater. When Kat Moon sees Stacey going inside, she questions Verity on Stacey's whereabouts but Verity refuses to give her any information.[47] The next day, Max Branning poses as an IT technician and prints off the salon's customer details behind Verity's back.[48]
Shelley Cram 11 February Jane Jeffery[48] Janine Butcher's solicitor, who informs Ian Beale that Janine is selling her share of their restaurant, Scarlett's. She then tells Danny Pennant and Lucy Beale that Janine is closing her property business, Butcher's Joints, leaving them both unemployed.[48]
Muneer 13 February Nicholas Prasad A man who Shabnam Masood meets online. They meet in Scarlett's for a date but he ditches her when she talks too much, leaving Fatboy to break the news to a distraught Shabnam.
Nicole 17 March–20 March Tamsin Caroll[49] A woman who Alfie Moon conned in Australia. She arrives in Albert Square and takes back the fast-food van, which was worth £15,000, that he had tricked her into giving him. This leaves Alfie and Jake Stone out of work.
Tim Stevens 24 March– Joe Claflin[50] The vicar who conducts the funerals of Nick Cotton and Lucy Beale. Tim is the nephew of regular vicar Reverend Stevens.
Curtis 24 March– Winston Showan[51] A barman hired by Sharon Rickman to work at her new wine bar, The Albert.
Maude 21 April Rhiannon Hall A young girl who discovers the body of Lucy Beale when walking through Walford Common with her grandfather.
DS Bryant 21 April– Glen Wallace A police officer investigating Lucy Beale's death. He first arrives with his colleague, DC Emma Summerhayes, at the Beale household, where they reveal to a distraught Ian Beale that his daughter, Lucy, is dead. He later organises for Ian to see Lucy's body in Walford mortuary. Bryant is later seen at The Queen Victoria public house, and he orders forensics to search Lee Carter's bedroom. He also takes Lee's DNA sample before leaving. When Max Branning changes his statement about his movements on the night of Lucy's death, Bryant returns with Summerhayes to clarify Max and his daughter Abi's statements. Bryant later accompanies DI Samantha Keeble to visit the Beales and update them in the progress of the investigation, which disappoints Ian and his son Peter.
DCI Irving 24 April Colin McFarlane A police officer in charge of the investigation into Lucy Beale's death. He arrives at the Beale household and explains that forensics will need to examine Lucy's bedroom. He questions Lucy's father Ian Beale and her half-sister Cindy Williams, and learns that Lucy was a user of cocaine. Off screen, Irving is assigned to another division and DI Samantha Keeble takes over from him.
DS Holt 25 April– Shaun Prendergast A police officer investigating the murder of Lucy Beale. He questions Lauren Branning along with DC Emma Summerhayes about Lucy's last known movements, the night she was killed. He later informs the Beales that her former lover Danny Pennant has an alibi for the night of her death. He is later approached by Lauren about an anonymous email Lucy responded to the night she died, but Holt tells her they are already investigating the matter. The week after, Holt arrests Jake Stone on suspicion of murder and questions him along with DC Summerhayes. Holt later speaks to Max Branning after it is revealed that he was having a secret relationship with Lucy. Holt tells Max that he is not a suspect in the investigation.
Helen 2 May Gina Murray A wig specialist who visits Carol Jackson to provide her with a wig after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Nurse Beth 5 May–6 May Johanne Murdock A nurse who looks after cancer-stricken Carol Jackson after collapsing in the middle of Albert Square.
Rajinder Singh 29 May Narinder Samra A chemist who Ian Beale orders a prescription of sleeping tablets from.
Frank Cavendish 30 May–30 June Simon Hepworth A consultant who informs Carol Jackson that she has responded well to treatment for her breast cancer. He later talks Carol and her daughter Bianca Butcher through the details of her mastectomy operation and the other options available.
Ineta Shirovs 13 June Octavia Alexandru[52] The daughter of Aleks Shirovs who he speaks to over the internet. She believes he will soon be returning to Latvia.
Arsim Kelmendi 13 June Tomasz Aleksander An unlicensed taxi driver who drove Lucy Beale and Jake Stone to George Street on the night that Lucy was murdered. He tells Lauren Branning that Jake was too drunk to stand and he advised Lucy to leave him in the gutter.
Gary Hardcastle 13 June–16 June Gary Finan One of the bouncers hired by Phil Mitchell for The Albert. Sharon Rickman disapproves of their presence after they frighten employee Johnny Carter. Whilst working, Gary hassles Nancy Carter and intimidates Johnny into giving him free alcohol, leading to Sharon firing both bouncers.
Nurse Varley 17 June Sam Alexander A nurse who treats Sharon Rickman in hospital after she is assaulted. He explains to her partner Phil Mitchell that Sharon has ruptured her spleen and must be taken for surgery.
PC Danson 17 June Alice Havillyn A police officer who questions Nancy and Johnny Carter about Sharon Rickman's assault.
Nurse Sarah Michael 18 June Ann Akin A nurse who treats Sharon Rickman in hospital after she is assaulted.
Reza Khan 20 June Pasha Bocarie A doctor who treats Sharon Rickman at the hospital, following her assault. He tells Sharon's partner Phil Mitchell that they managed to stop the bleed on her brain during surgery and that she was now in a stable condition. He later tells Sharon that she will be transferred to a general ward.
Hugh Thompson 24 June Mark Cameron Johnny Carter's university tutor who is met by Johnny's mother Linda after he fails some of his modules. Linda believes there must be a mistake but Hugh assures her that he marked the papers correctly and refuses to discuss exam results with anyone other than Johnny.
Mr Turner 3 July Sean Blowers[53] A bailiff who visits Bianca and Carol Jackson. He shows little sympathy towards Carol, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and is only interested in getting the money that Bianca took from the loan company.[53]
Ali, Gerard and Philip 15 July Uncredited Ali is a make-up artist, Gerard is her assistant and Philip is a photographer, who all arrive for a photoshoot at Dean Wicks's salon, Blades.[54]
Dr Callow 18 July Max Dowler[55] A doctor who prescribes Sharon Rickman pills for her anxiety, as he believes she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following an attack that left her severely injured.[55]
Kate Hughes 25 July Nimmy March[56] A woman from Walford Children's Services who visits Bianca Butcher after her daughter Tiffany Butcher brings brownies into school with marijuana baked into them. Bianca's son Liam Butcher lies to Kate that he found them. Kate says the matter will be passed onto the police.[56]
Reverend Chris Skinner 31 July Mark Letheren[57]
PC Gregg Preston 5–7 August
(2 episodes)
Matt Slack[58][59]
Ross Abernethy 7 August William Tapley[59]
Sandra Dinsdale 7–8 August
(2 episodes)
Donna Combe[59][60]
Imogen Phipps 8 August Janice Acquah[60]
Bert Moon August 2014– TBA Bert and Ernie Moon are the twin sons of Alfie and Kat Moon, born in 2014.[61]
Ernie Moon TBA


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