List of EastEnders characters (2003)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2003, by order of first appearance.

Eleanor Trueman[edit]

Eleanor Trueman
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Charnae Leckie
First appearance 7 March 2003
Last appearance 25 April 2003
Classification Former; guest

Eleanor "Ellie" Trueman (real name Amber) is the result of a one-night-stand between Paul Trueman (Gary Beadle) and a woman called Amy. Amy dumps her on Paul's doorstep, and he struggles to cope as a single parent. He names the baby Eleanor, after his stepfather, Patrick's (Rudolph Walker) mother. As Paul starts to cope with looking after Eleanor, Amy decides she wants her back, and Social Services collect her, leaving Paul heartbroken.

Dominic Price[edit]

Dominic Price
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Paul Brennen
Duration 2003–05
First appearance 10 March 2003
Last appearance 6 January 2005
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Detective

Detective Inspector Dominic Price, played by Paul Brennen, is first seen in March 2003, while his colleague, PC Kate Morton (Jill Halfpenny) is undercover as a honeytrap on Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), investigating the disappearance of Lisa Fowler (Lucy Benjamin), mother of Phil's daughter Louise.

He mainly helps Kate with initial searches of the Mitchell house, constantly reminding her that "the boss" wants to nail Phil. He later starts to suspect that Kate is developing feelings for Phil, and reminds her that Phil could be a murderer. Kate gives Phil an ultimatum: to tell the truth about Lisa's whereabouts or she will finish with him. After Phil calls her bluff and finishes with her, Price takes Kate off the case, however, after Phil phones her and says he will tell her everything, she is congratulated by "the boss" - DCI Jill Marsden (Sophie Stanton) - who has wanted to convict Phil since 2001.

Kate goes to the Mitchell's house wearing a wire, and hears Phil's confession that he had mentally abused Lisa into handing over Louise, leaving her in Portugal. After this, Kate takes off her wire, telling Price and Marsden that she has fallen in love with Phil. They stick around outside, hoping that Kate has changed tactic and is still on their side, but they cannot hear what is happening as the wire has broken, so Marsden calls Kate's mobile phone, which leads to Phil discovering the wire. After a heated argument, Price and Marsden storm into the house to find Phil with his hand around Kate's throat. She refuses to press charges so they cannot arrest him, and they have to leave, deflated.

Price appears again in May 2003 when Kate returns to work and is asked to choose between her job and Phil. She chooses to resign, and asks Price for one last favour as a leaving present: to get George Peters (Andy Beckwith) arrested for dealing cocaine. George is a heavy employed by Jack Dalton (Hywel Bennett), who had been sent to rape Kate.

Price and Marsden later appear in November 2003, when Den Watts (Leslie Grantham) and Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman) set Phil up for armed robbery; this time they are successful in convicting him, keeping him in custody until his case collapses in 2005. In late 2004, an off-duty Price visits Kate, now running a salon, and she tells him she is bored of her career. He finds her another job in the police, based in Brighton, which causes her to leave Walford the next day.

Dennis Rickman[edit]

Main article: Dennis Rickman

Dennis Rickman, played by Nigel Harman, is introduced as the hardman successor to the character of Steve Owen (Martin Kemp), who is killed off in the series in 2002.[1] Dennis makes his first appearance on 14 April 2003. His storylines involve his difficult past and childhood, relationship with his infamous father, Den Watts (Leslie Grantham), clashes with the rival Mitchell family, and a forbidden romance with his adopted sister, Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean). He is described as the show's "bad boy pin-up character.[2] In 2005, Harman quit the show alongside co-star Dean,[3] and makes his last appearance on 30 December 2005.

Mickey Miller[edit]

Main article: Mickey Miller

Mickey Miller, played by Joe Swash, makes his first appearance on 15 April 2003. Introduced as a guest character, Mickey proved popular and was turned into a regular by executive producer Louise Berridge. The character is portrayed as a wheeler-dealer, involved in various money-making scams. A family is built around the character in 2004 when the other Millers move to Albert Square. It was announced on 25 February 2008 that the characters of Mickey and his stepfather Keith (David Spinx) had been axed by EastEnders' executive producer Diederick Santer. Mickey leaves on 1 July 2008. In July 2011, it was announced Swash would reprise his role for the departure storyline of his screen brother Darren (Charlie G. Hawkins). He appears for two episodes on 19 and 20 September 2011.

Shirley Benson[edit]

Shirley Benson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Robyn Moore
Duration 2003–04
First appearance 5 May 2003
Last appearance 17 February 2004
Created by Louise Berridge
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Betting shop clerk

Shirley Benson is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Robyn Moore. The character was axed in 2004.[4]

Shirley is initially seen in Albert Square in May 2003. A divorcée, she has three sons, now grown up; two are in the army and the other lives in New Zealand. She works at the Walford Bookies and lives with her cat, Boots, at 89a George Street.

Dan Ferreira (Dalip Tahil) needs a date for an upcoming wedding, so he asks Shirley and she agrees. Dan tells Shirley that his wife, Pushpa (Madhur Jaffrey), is dead, when they have only separated, following Pushpa's infidelity. At the wedding, everyone is enjoying the day until Pushpa introduces herself to Shirley. She is mortified to discover Dan's lies, telling him that her ex-husband was a liar and she is not prepared to put up with lying again. She also tells Dan that she wants nothing more to do with him.

In August that year, Shirley has problems with her new neighbour, Gavin Sharp (Steve Nicolson). He lives in the flat above hers and plays extremely loud music at all hours, meaning Shirley cannot sleep. She tries reasoning with him several times but he laughs at her, only playing his music louder, so she complains to the council. Maddened, Gavin threatens to make her life a misery as payback. Days later, Shirley's cat disappears and Shirley fears that Gavin is responsible. Whilst Dan confronts Gavin about Boots, Little Mo (Kacey Ainsworth) walks in to The Queen Victoria pub, cuddling Boots. Shirley rewards her with money but later that day, Shirley finds Boots on her doorstep — dead in a plastic bin bag. Shirley turns to the Ferreiras for help, and Dan confronts Gavin again. Gavin denies killing Boots and says that he found her lying dead in the road and left her on Shirley's doorstep so she could bury her. Shirley, however, is not convinced. Gavin's taunting continues when he puts her telephone number on a card, advertising her as a prostitute, and distributes it across Walford. Later, while she is at work, Gavin breaks into her flat and tips rotten rubbish all over the floor. Shirley is distraught, and seeing her angst, Ash Ferreira (Raji James), decides to help. He plays Gavin at his own game, borrowing his brother's amplifier and speakers and playing dance music extremely loudly. He then breaks into Gavin's flat and lets a rat loose. Gavin is petrified of rats and when he discovers it, he agrees to call a truce if they remove it.

The saga brings Ash and Shirley closer together and it is not long before they start a relationship. Ash wants to keep it a secret because he knows his father will be furious if he finds out. Shirley begins to get irritated with Ash's inability to tell Dan, particularly when Dan tries to woo Shirley for a second time. Ash explains that he had been a compulsive gambler, and Dan had bailed him out of serious financial difficulties after he lost his house and his wife. He owes his father everything and is unwilling to hurt him. However, when Dan tries kissing Shirley she told him that she is with his son, Ash. This revelation causes huge rows at the Ferreiras' and although Ash loves Shirley, he feels he has no choice but to finish with her to keep the peace.

In February 2004, Andy Hunter (Michael Higgs) takes over the bookies where Shirley works. Shirley does not like the way Andy runs things and after she complains repeatedly about his conduct, Andy fires her. Shirley demonstrates about her unfair dismissal with a placard outside the bookies. Eventually Andy offers her a large sum of money to leave. Shirley is thrilled with the pay-off and decides to go to New Zealand to visit her son.

Jack Dalton[edit]

Jack Dalton
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Hywel Bennett
First appearance 12 May 2003
Last appearance 18 July 2003
Introduced by Louise Berridge
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Gangster
Nightclub manager

Jack Dalton, played by Hywel Bennett, is a gangster and head of the criminal organisation known as "The Firm". He first appears in EastEnders in May 2003, although the events surrounding the apparent death of the character Den Watts (Leslie Grantham), who was supposedly murdered in February 1989 were then retconned to include him. Dalton is a fearsome gangland boss, and as head of The Firm, he was responsible for ordering Den's death 14 years earlier.

In the late 1980s, Den became involved with "Walford Investments", aka The Firm, and was forced to become the titular manager of Strokes wine bar (formerly Henry's), which was owned by The Firm and was really a front for illegal gambling. Strokes had a rival bar in the form of The Dagmar, fronted by James Wilmott-Brown (William Boyde), who went on to rape Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), the wife of Den's best friend. Den used his connections with The Firm to arrange for The Dagmar to be torched. The fire drew attention to the illegal goings-on at Strokes, and thus greatly angered The Firm. Den refused to take the blame and The Firm believed that he had informed the police about them. Consequently Dalton decided to have Den murdered, and two of their members followed him to Manchester in September 1988 when he went there to seek refuge with a friend. However, he managed to outrun them in his friend's car and handed himself into the police, who remanded him in custody on an arson charge until he appeared in court the following February.

In one of the series' most famous exits, Den (who just hours earlier had escaped after members of The Firm had intercepted the taxi taking him to court) was shot as he walked by the canal by a member of The Firm, who was walking with a woman and had a gun hidden in a bunch of daffodils. Three weeks later, spots of blood were found on the canal towpath and the police identified this as Den's blood, and believed that he had been murdered. However, an initial search of the canal failed to uncover his body. In May 1990, a local boy was fishing in the canal when he discovered Den's distinctive signet ring, prompting another search of the canal which this time uncovered a body which was identified as Den's.

In 2003, it is revealed that Den had indeed been shot, but the shot had only wounded him. Aided by his mistress Jan Hammond (Jane How), Den was able to escape to Spain where he forged a new life. He finally returns to Walford on 29 September 2003. The body which had been found, wrongly-identified and buried had actually been the body of the unseen Mr. Vinnicombe, who was said to have been Jack's predecessor as head of the Firm during the 1980s. Dalton had been displeased with Vinnicombe's failure to murder Den, and so ordered a member of The Firm to kill him and dump his body in the canal at the location where Den had been shot (his teeth were then bricked out to prevent dental identification) - implying a power struggle for control of "The Firm" at this time. He also dumped Den's distinctive ring in the canal to further increase the likelihood of the body being identified as that of Den. Upon Vinnicombe's demise, Jack was able to gain firm control of the organisation.

In 2003, Jack is operating from his nightclub, The Imperial Room. During his brief spell on screen, he shows a Machiavellian and ruthless streak. He orders Spencer Moon (Christopher Parker) to be beaten up for using forged currency in his club, although Spencer's brother Alfie (Shane Richie) takes the beating, pretending to be Spencer. Jack then orders the murder of Kate Morton (Jill Halfpenny) after he discovers that she is a police officer working undercover at his nightclub. Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) is able to persuade him to call off the hit but Jack tells Phil that he now owes him a favour.

Jack later orders Phil to kill Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman), one of his most loyal employees, when he begins blackmailing him for money. Unbeknownst to Jack at the time, Dennis is Den's illegitimate son. Unfortunately for Jack, Dennis manages to convince Phil that he will murder Jack himself so the two of them will be free of him. Armed with a gun, Dennis forces Jack to drive into the woods and to the edge of a railway track where he duly murders him as a train roars past and drowns out the gunshot sound. Before dying, Jack reveals the truth about Den Watts; that he is in fact alive. He begs Dennis that this "has to make a difference" in the hope that he will not shoot him, but Dennis goes ahead and pulls the trigger.

Jack appears to be somewhat nihilistic. When Dennis tells Jack that he wants a new life away from a life of crime, Jack responds "There isn't any new life! Just the old humdrum life bobbing along, making a living, getting old, waiting to die." nonchalantly, echoing Dot Branning's (June Brown) words when she is depressed.

Dan Ferreira[edit]

Main article: Ferreira family

Dan Ferreira, played by Dalip Tahil, is the head of the Ferreira family, and father to Ash (Ameet Chana), Adi (Ameet Chana), Ronny (Ray Panthaki) and Kareena (Pooja Shah). When he first arrives in Albert Square, he claims to be a widower, talking about his wife, Pushpa (Madhur Jaffrey) as being dead, both to the neighbours and his children, but they have merely separated after she had an affair. Dan disappears suddenly and clears out the family's bank account, and it is later revealed that Tariq Larousi (Nabil Elouahabi) is his illegitimate son.

Ash Ferreira[edit]

Main article: Ferreira family

Ash Ferreira, played by Raji James, is the eldest son of Dan (Dalip Tahil) and brother of Adi (Ameet Chana), Ronny (Ray Panthaki) and Kareena (Pooja Shah). He is the intelligent member of the family, the standard of his education being much higher than his siblings, so much so that he is a lecturer. He has an on/off problem with gambling. He has a relationship with Shirley Benson (Robyn Moore), but it ends when his father finds out.

Adi Ferreira[edit]

Main article: Ferreira family

Adi Ferreira, played by Ameet Chana, is the brother of Ash (Raji James), Ronny (Ray Panthaki) and Kareena (Pooja Shah). Adi runs a clothes stall on the market with his sister, and spends a lot of time trying to impress his father, Dan (Dalip Tahil) but fails. He has a romance with Sasha Perkins (Jemma Walker), a pole dancer and escort, who he initially pays to pretend to be his girlfriend. However she has an affair with Danny Moon (Jake Maskall) which ends the relationship.

Ronny Ferreira[edit]

Main article: Ferreira family

Ronny Ferreira, played by Ray Panthaki, is the brother of Ash (Raji James), Adi (Ameet Chana) and Kareena (Pooja Shah). Ronny is a DJ, and has brief relationships with Kelly Taylor (Brooke Kinsella) and Zoe Slater (Michelle Ryan). He is stabbed by a gang while trying to protect his friend Tariq Larousi (Nabil Elouahabi), and needs to have a kidney transplant. When none of his family are a tissue match, Tariq reveals that he is Ronny's half-brother, and he donates a kidney to him.

Kareena Ferreira[edit]

Main article: Ferreira family

Kareena Ferreira, played by Pooja Shah, is the daughter of Dan Ferreira (Dalip Tahil) and sister of Ash (Raji James), Adi (Ameet Chana) and Ronny (Ray Panthaki). Kareena is in a secret relationship with Tariq Larousi (Nabil Elouahabi), though it is not a sexual one. This is not discovered by the Ferreira family until after they break up. It later transpires that Tariq is Kareena's half-brother. She has a relationship with Mickey Miller (Joe Swash), but problems arise when Juley Smith (Joseph Kpobie) gives Kareena cocaine and she is seduced by him.

Tariq Larousi[edit]

Main article: Ferreira family

Tariq Larousi, played by Nabil Elouahabi, is a friend of Ronny Ferreira (Ray Panthaki), and is disliked by Ronny's father, Dan Ferreira (Dalip Tahil). It transpires that Tariq is in a secret relationship with Ronny's sister Kareena Ferreira (Pooja Shah), but the Ferreira family discover this after they split up. Ronny is stabbed by a gang while trying to protect Tariq, and needs to have a kidney transplant. When none of his family are a tissue match, Tariq reveals that he is Dan's son, and therefore Ronny's half-brother. Tariq then donates a kidney to him.

Pushpa Ferreira[edit]

Main article: Ferreira family

Pushpa Ferreira, played by Madhur Jaffrey, is the mother of Ash (Ameet Chana), Adi (Ameet Chana), Ronny (Ray Panthaki) and Kareena (Pooja Shah). She is separated from her husband Dan Ferreira| (Dalip Tahil) after she had an affair with his best friend, with whom she moved in with. Dan claims to Shirley Benson (Robyn Moore) that Pushpa is dead, but his lie is uncovered when she arrives at a wedding and introduces herself to Shirley.

Tony Jamison[edit]

Tony Jamison
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ben Cartwright
First appearance 1 July 2003
Last appearance 14 October 2003
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Criminal

Tony Jamison, played by Ben Cartwright, is the ex-partner-in-crime of Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman), and used to work with Dennis for Jack Dalton (Hywel Bennett), before Dennis's arrest and imprisonment.

A broke Tony visits Dennis in 2003 asking for money. He persuades Dennis to ask Dalton for a loan on his behalf. This provokes Dalton to order Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) to shoot and kill Dennis. However, Dennis persuades Phil to let him kill Dalton, which he does in a nearby forest. Tony has not seen or heard from after this.

Andy Hunter[edit]

Andy Hunter, played by Michael Higgs, is an employee of The Firm, of which he takes control after the murder of Jack Dalton (Hywel Bennett). He has a relationship with Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace), but she leaves him at their wedding ceremony to be with Alfie Moon (Shane Richie). He goes on to marry Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf). She signs her house over to Andy and he then ends the relationship and kicks her out with nothing. He also orders the murder of Paul Trueman (Gary Beadle), after Paul reported him to the police for his criminal activities. Andy's luck finally runs out however, when he tries to con Johnny Allen (Billy Murray).

Sasha Perkins[edit]

Sasha Perkins
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jemma Walker
Duration 2003–05
First appearance 8 July 2003
Last appearance 22 March 2005
Introduced by Louise Berridge
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Cab firm manager

Sasha Perkins is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Jemma Walker.

She is initially shown as Adi Ferreira's (Ameet Chana) escort friend in 2003, whom he hires to pretend to be his girlfriend at a wedding to impress his father, Dan (Dalip Tahil). Originally a guest character, executive producer Louise Berridge opted to bring her back the following year, offering actress Jemma Walker a 6 month contract. Walker commented in 2004, "I think she's a bit of light relief around the place [...] Sasha called herself an 'escort', but I think she was actually on the game. But she doesn't have any issues with it. You do what you have to do to survive."[5] Sasha was reportedly brought in to spice up the Asian Ferreira family, who were heavily criticised in the British media.[6]

Sasha begins a relationship with Adi and moves in with him, bringing her pet snake called Lionel. Walker has commented, "Adi's shy and hasn't had much experience with the ladies. Sasha's had enough [bastards] mess her around and now she wants someone to settle down with."[5]

Sasha joins the Ferreira family mini-cab firm - they name the company Toucan Cars after her toucan slippers. She eventually realises that Adi is not right for her; she has an affair with Danny Moon (Jake Maskall) and then ends the relationship. Following this she has sex with Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) before leaving Walford. The character was one of many to be axed by executive producer Kathleen Hutchison following a media backlash and falling ratings surrounding the soap.[7]

Bobby Beale[edit]

Bobby Beale
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Kevin Curran (2003–07)
Alex Francis (2007–12)
Rory Stroud (2013–)
Duration 2003–
First appearance 24 July 2003
Introduced by Louise Berridge
Classification Present; recurring
Profile
Occupation Student

Bobby Beale (né Hobbs) is played by Rory Stroud. Bobby is the son of Ian and Laura Beale (Adam Woodyatt and Hannah Waterman). Kevin Curran played Bobby from 2003 to 2007, who was replaced by Alex Francis on 7 May 2007. Francis was not credited in the role until 10 March 2008. In January 2013 it was announced that Bobby had been recast, with Rory Stroud taking over the role. Stroud first appeared as Bobby on 1 March 2013.[8] Stroud revealed on 10 April 2014, via his Instagram account, that he will be taking a break from EastEnders, to tie in with the temporary departure of his on-screen adoptive mother, Jane Beale (Laurie Brett).[citation needed] His character departed from the show in May, before returning in September.

Storylines[edit]

Laura Beale (Hannah Waterman) becomes pregnant after a drunken fling with Garry Hobbs (Ricky Groves) while married to Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt). Before this, despite knowing that Laura wants children, Ian has a vasectomy. He therefore assumes the baby is not his and throws Laura out. After the birth, Bobby (Kevin Curran) needs a blood transfusion and Garry is the wrong blood group to be his father, making Laura realise that Bobby must be Ian's son. However, he refuses to have anything to do with Laura or her baby but Garry is happy to help so she does not tell him that he is not Bobby's father. She quietly registers Bobby's birth and names Ian as his father and this is revealed when Laura dies. Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement) finds Bobby's birth certificate, stating that Ian is Bobby's father and Garry is heartbroken.

Bobby lives with Ian and his fourth wife, Jane Beale (Laurie Brett), and his older half siblings, Peter (James Martin/Thomas Law) and Lucy (Melissa Suffield). In 2009, Ian enters Bobby (now played by Alex Francis) into a children's talent contest but realises he cannot sing very well. He decides to cheat and gets Bobby's friend Colin (William Keeler) to sing while Bobby mimes. Dotty Cotton (Molly Conlin) discovers this during the contest and unplugs Colin's microphone, leaving Bobby upset. Jane is the only maternal influence in Bobby's life and Bobby thinks of her as his mother. Later in 2009, Jane leaves and Bobby takes this very badly. He starts bullying Tiffany Butcher (Maisie Smith), and when Tiffany confronts Bobby, he yells at her. When Ian tries to restrain Bobby, he shouts that he wants his mum. He then goes missing from school. Jane returns to help search for him, and Bobby runs to her saying he was out looking for her.

In 2010, Ian suggests to Jane that she adopt Bobby and this is finalised in November. In 2011, Bobby and Ian plan a surprise 40th birthday party for Jane. However, as she walks in, they see her kissing a man named Martin (Alisdair Harvey). Bobby is confused and the next day, Ian sarcastically asks her how he should tell Bobby about her potential affair, but this does not have the effect Ian hopes for and she divorces him, leaving Walford soon afterwards. In August, Bobby hears that Jane has died from Shenice Quinn (Lily Harvey), after Ian starts telling people he is a widower to get women. Bobby is upset so Ian tells him that he was only joking and calls Jane to prove to Bobby that she is alive. When Mandy Salter (Nicola Stapleton) moves in with them, she and Bobby like each other and start to bond but Bobby still sneaks away to visit Jane, prompting her brief return to Walford until she moves to Wales for a new job, leaving Bobby with Ian.

Ian and Mandy prepare to marry in 2012, but it falls through when Mandy tells Ian she is forcing herself to love him, and leaves. Ian suffers a nervous breakdown and goes missing, leaving Bobby in Lucy's (now played by Hetti Bywater) care, but Ian returns several weeks after being found homeless. Bobby is scared when he sees Ian, as he looks scruffy and has a beard, and Lucy continues to reject him. Though Bobby is saddened by Mandy's abrupt exit, he is soon befriended by Dennis Rickman Jr. (Harry Hickles), son of Ian's friend, Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean). In March 2013, Bobby goes on a school trip and later travels to America when Ian visits his cousin Michelle Fowler (Susan Tully). When they return to London, he tells Ian's love interest Denise Fox (Diane Parish) that it is his father's birthday and she gives Bobby free candles and decides to attend Ian's party. Bobby buys a snake called Monty which escapes and causes havoc in Dot Branning's (June Brown) house. Despite previously bullying her when they were younger, Bobby and Tiffany begin a relationship and get each other walkie talkies. When Tiffany's mum Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) trashes Ian's new restaurant, Ian agrees not to go to the police in exchange for Bobby and Tiffany not seeing each other anymore. Tiffany is upset when Bobby does not call her on the walkie talkie. Tiffany and Bobby then start meeting in secret.

Bobby participates in a school spelling competition, where he is competing against Tiffany, his current girlfriend. He is thrilled when Jane returns to Walford to watch him and is even more excited when she decides to stay in Walford. Bobby, along with the rest of the Beales are distraught when Lucy, Bobby's sister dies. After Jane breaks down into Ian's arms they kiss and this results in Ian hoping for a reunion with Jane. He tells Bobby that they are getting back together, to Jane's annoyance, and Jane furiously shouts at Ian. Bobby tries to intervene but, Ian shouts at him and tells him that he will never be as good as Lucy. An upset Bobby runs upstairs and Jane leaves, still upset and frustrated with Ian. Shabnam Masood (Rakhee Thakrar) advises her to follow her heart and after Bobby arrives, she decides they should leave Walford. After packing both their things, Bobby says goodbye to Ian and they abruptly leave.

Creation and development[edit]

Adam Woodyatt (pictured) plays Bobby's biological father, Ian Beale.
Bobby has overcome a complicated start in life - Garry thought he was his father until a blood test proved it was Ian. Not to mention enduring the revolving door of his father's love life...Bobby's biological mum, Laura, died in dubious circumstances. Jane was the closest thing to a mum he had, but she left, unable to endure another minute as Mrs Beale. Mandy took over the unlikely role of 'mum' for a while until she too left The Square.

—A reporter from the EastEnders website on Bobby (2013)[9]

In December 2003, Neil Wilkes of Digital Spy revealed an upcoming "baby bombshell" storyline involving Garry Hobbs (Ricky Groves) torn between Laura Beale (Hannah Waterman) and Lynne Hobbs (Elaine Lordan).[10] Garry mistakenly believes that Laura's unborn child is but it is in fact Ian Beale's (Adam Woodyatt) who is oblivious to this information.[10] It was then confirmed that Laura was to be killed in an "explosive exit" after she comes clean with both Garry and Ian.[11] An EastEnders insider said in May 2004 "Garry's grown to love Bobby despite all the trouble caused by his night of passion with Ian's wife Laura".[12] In July 2007, Laurie Brett who plays Jane Collins said that Bobby will start becoming "a bit of a handful".[13] In December 2009. a writer for the Sunday Mail said that when Bobby went missing, it made viewers feel sorry for Ian for a change.[14] In February 2010, Woodyatt said that Bobby's character was a fail-safe option if the live episode of EastEnders went wrong saying "We've all got our little strategies in case it goes wrong. I'm going upstairs to check on Bobby. Steve Mac is going to say, 'I've had enough of this' and just walk out."[15] When Nicola Stapleton reprises her role as Mandy Salter, she said that there a part of Mandy that wants to be maternal as she gets on well with Bobby, who becomes her "little mate".[16] In January 2013, after leaving EastEnders, Laurie Brett said "I would never say never to going back, as I loved playing Jane. She's Bobby's mum and it will always be that way."[17]

Digital Spy revealed on 31 January 2013 that Alex Francis departed from EastEnders to "concentrate more on school commitments".[18] EastEnders Executive Producer Lorraine Newman said of Francis' departure "Alex has been a highly valued member of the EastEnders cast and we wish him the best for the future."[18] The role of Bobby was recast to Rory Stroud and started appearing as Bobby from 1 March 2013.[18] In April 2013, when Ben Hardy is recast as Bobby's brother Peter Beale, he said "Ian's wonderful relationship with Denise and the inclusion of Lucy, Peter and Bobby in the household will reinvigorate the clan with vibrancy and energy. I am really looking forward to seeing them all together on screen."[19] Additionally, in June 2013, upon the announcement that Bobby's stepsister was to return to the program, new actress Mimi Keene said "with Peter, Lucy, Bobby and Cindy to contend with, it'll be a lively household".[20]

Reception[edit]

Rory Stroud was nominated as "Best Young Actor" at the 2013 Inside Soap Awards.[21] A reporter from the EastEnders website said "We feel for cute-as-a-button Bobby Beale, whose home life is about as stable as Kim Fox (Tameka Empson) in stilettoes after ladies' night at R&R."[9]

Johnathon Leroy[edit]

Johnathon Leroy
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ivan Kaye
Duration 2003–05
First appearance 21 August 2003
Last appearance 23 May 2005
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Doctor

Doctor Johnathon Leroy, played by Ivan Kaye, is first seen with his unnamed wife as Phil Mitchell's (Steve McFadden) unwelcome tenants that have been fraudulently rented Phil's house by his nanny Joanne Ryan (Tara Lynne O'Neill), as an act of revenge for him spurning her advances. Dr. Leroy continues as a recurrent character in the role of new doctor for Albert Square until he is replaced by Oliver Cousins (Tom Ellis). His wife is not seen after her first appearance in 2003. Leroy is also a member of the Queen Vic's ill-fated pub football team Real Walford.

Gavin Sharp[edit]

Gavin Sharp
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Steve Nicolson
First appearance 22 August 2003
Last appearance 31 October 2003
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Video shop worker

Gavin Sharp, played by Steve Nicolson, is Shirley Benson's neighbour from hell. He is first seen in Walford in August 2003 when he moves into 89b George street, which is the flat above Shirley's. He works in the Walford video shop.

As soon as he moves in, Gavin starts causing problems for Shirley, by playing his music extremely loudly at all hours of the day and night. After a while, Shirley pleads with him to stop being so inconsiderate, but this only makes him play his music louder. Eventually Shirley reports him to the landlord, and then to council. After Gavin is visited from a council representative, he vows to make Shirley's life a misery. Days later, Shirley's cat, Boots, goes missing, and she fears that Gavin may be responsible. After several weeks, the cat is found dead in a plastic bin bag on Shirley's doorstep. A distraught Shirley turns to her friends, the Ferreira family, for help, but Gavin claims that he found the cat dead in the road and returned it to Shirley as an act of kindness. Shirley is not convinced.

Gavin continues to make Shirley's life hell by putting her telephone number on a call-girl card and posting them around Walford. He later breaks into her flat and tips rubbish all over her floor. Ash Ferreira (Raji James) decides to step in and play him at his own game. He borrows his brother's speakers and plays dance music extremely loudly, which maddens Gavin and he reports them to the landlord. Shirley and Ash are ready for this, and upon the landlord's visit, they play classical music and pretended they are involved in a book club. This satisfies the landlord and leaves Gavin looking like a fool. He threatens both Shirley and Ash, and makes regular racist comments whenever any of the Ferreiras are around. A few days later, Ash overhears an altercation between Gavin and the road sweeper Gus Smith (Mohammed George). Gavin is unhappy about the uncleanliness of the Square, particularly as it could attract rats. Sensing Gavin's fear of rats, Ash and family convince Gus to trap a rat in the Square, and with the help of Tariq Larousi (Nabil Elouahabi), he breaks into Gavin's flat and sets the rat free. The plan works and Gavin is petrified. He promises to call a truce with Shirley if they remove the rat.

However, Gavin decides to perform one last malicious act as payback. He sabotages the Ferreiras clothing stock with paint. When the Ferreiras attempt to reclaim for the damages on their insurance, they are furious to learn that Adi (Ameet Chana) had forgotten to renew it. Gavin's last appearance is in October 2003.


Geoff Morton[edit]

Geoff Morton
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Maurice Roëves
First appearance 4 September 2003
Last appearance 5 September 2003
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Detective Chief Inspector

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Morton, played by Maurice Roëves, is the alcoholic father of Kate Morton (Jill Halfpenny), who arrives for her wedding to Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden). He is not impressed on Phil's stag night, when Minty Peterson (Cliff Parisi) tells him about Phil's immigrant ex-wife Nadia (Anna Barkan). He is also disappointed that Phil does not drink, and accepts the dare of drinking a yard of ale, before being thrown out of The Queen Victoria pub for insulting Nana Moon (Hilda Braid). He then goes to Angie's Den where he insults Little Mo Mitchell (Kacey Ainsworth) and is hit by her husband, Billy (Perry Fenwick). He later refuses to attend Kate and Phil's wedding, but has a conversation with Phil about alcoholism and returns to Newcastle to seek help. However, in March 2004 Kate hears the news that Geoff has committed suicide.

Yolande Trueman[edit]

Main article: Yolande Trueman

Yolande Trueman, played by Angela Wynter, arrives in Albert Square as Patrick Trueman's (Rudolph Walker) holiday romance. They eventually settle down and marry in 2004. She strikes up a feud with Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement), which worsens when she discovers that Pat has been having an affair with Patrick. In 2008 Yolande is offered a new job at the Minute Mart HQ in Birmingham. She accepts with delight and busily prepares for the move, however Patrick is less keen. This leads to Yolande surprising everyone at her leaving party by announcing that she is leaving Walford alone.

Graham Foster[edit]

Graham Foster
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Alex McSweeney
Duration 2003–05
First appearance 17 September 2003
Last appearance 24 January 2005
Classification Former; regular

Graham Foster, played by Alex McSweeney, first appears as a customer in The Queen Victoria pub and befriends barmaid Little Mo Mitchell (Kacey Ainsworth). They become friends after discovering they both love crosswords and Graham gives Mo a pen to use when she does them. He also buys her a rose when a flower salesman is in the pub.

One night in pub when he and Little Mo are alone, Graham refuses to leave until the song that is playing on the jukebox ends (Mo does not know he has put the song on repeat). Graham eventually makes his intentions towards Mo clear by trying to kiss her. She tries to flee, but Graham chases her and rapes her on the pub floor. This results in her conceiving their son Freddie.

Little Mo's father, Charlie Slater (Derek Martin) subsequently assaults Graham, resulting in three months imprisonment and a suspension of his taxi license. Graham then sues Charlie for compensation, which is paid by Little Mo's sister Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) and her husband, Alfie (Shane Richie). They offer and Graham accepts £10,000, which they have borrowed from Andy Hunter (Michael Higgs).

On 5 November 2004, Graham appears before magistrates. After Mo gives her summary of events and her husband Billy (Perry Fenwick) defends her in his testimony, the court takes a recsess. It is during this Mo witnesses Graham verbally abusing his mother, Mo feels sorry for her while explaining that it reminds her of how her late husband Trevor spoke to her. Once back in the courtroom, Graham lies under oath claiming that he sees his other children often (who were also born by means of rape), only for the judge to reveal its been over a long number of years since he last had. With this Graham gets into a rage from the dock, shouting at his mother knowing that she has informed the judge of this. He is eventually sentenced to eight years in prison. It is before the case starts, that Mrs Foster tells Mo that she is upset at having another grandchild she cannot see, so Mo gives Mrs Foster her address and asks her to remain in contact.

Graham last appears in January 2005 when Billy goes to visit him in prison after receiving a visiting order, which he requested. Graham goads Billy about not being Freddie's real father and points out Freddie has siblings, two sisters. He tells Billy that Freddie will probably look like him, and he is looking forward to seeing him when he is released in four years time, although has never made another appearance in the square.

Victor Duke[edit]

Victor Duke
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ben Thomas
First appearance 17 November 2003
Last appearance 24 November 2003
Classification Former; guest

Victor Duke, played by Ben Thomas, is the husband of Yolande Duke (Angela Wynter), who arrives in Walford when his wife has run away to live with Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker). He offers Patrick £10,000 to leave Yolande, then tells Yolande that Patrick asked for money to finish with her, and when she sees Patrick with the money Victor tried to tempt him with, she takes the money and leaves, saying she does not want to be with either of them. After Victor returns to Trinidad, Yolande returns to Walford with the money, to share it with Patrick. Yolande later divorces Victor.

Mary Harkinson[edit]

Mary Harkinson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Mary Woodvine
First appearance 2 December 2003
Last appearance 26 December 2003
Classification Former; guest

Mary Harkinson, played by Mary Woodvine, is the estranged daughter of Derek Harkinson (Ian Lavender). She has not seen her father since he walked out on her mother, Cynthia, to live with another man, Robert. When Derek's friend Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard) finds out that Derek had children, she contacts Mary without telling Derek. Mary initially agrees to meet with Derek, but shuts the door in his face when he arrives at her house. Derek eventually persuades Mary to see him, and they meet, along with Mary's brother Alex (Ben Nealon) and his son Danny (Josh Alexander). Derek later leaves Walford to live with Mary after a string of arguments with Pauline.

Edwin Caldecott[edit]

Edwin Caldecott
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ron Moody
First appearance 8 December 2003
Last appearance 18 December 2003
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Retired

Edwin Caldecott, played by Ron Moody, is a nemesis of Jim Branning (John Bardon), from his days as a boxer. Edwin goads Jim into one final match, which his wife Dot (June Brown) and granddaughter Sonia Jackson (Natalie Cassidy) advise him against. On the day of the match, Jim is geared up to fight Edwin, but when Dot appears at the community centre, Jim is distracted and Edwin takes the advantage to get first the punch in, knocking Jim flat. Dot decides to let Jim think he'd won afterwards.


Alex Harkinson[edit]

Alex Harkinson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ben Nealon
First appearance 12 December 2003
Last appearance 26 December 2003
Classification Former; guest

Alex Harkinson, played by Ben Nealon, is the estranged son of Derek Harkinson (Ian Lavender). He has not seen his father since he walked out on his mother, Cynthia, to live with another man, Robert, when Alex was eight years old. When Derek's friend Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard) goes to Alex's house to speak to him. Alex, not knowing that his father is gay, assumes that Pauline is the woman Derek had left Cynthia for, and tells her to leave. Alex's sister Mary (Mary Woodvine) later visits Derek on Boxing Day 2003, and is followed by Alex, who berates her and argues with Derek, but later relents and introduces him to his son, Danny (Josh Alexander).

Danny Harkinson[edit]

Danny Harkinson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Josh Alexander
First appearance 22 December 2003
Last appearance 26 December 2003
Classification Former; guest

Danny Harkinson, played by Josh Alexander, is the son of Derek Harkinson's (Ian Lavender) estranged son Alex (Ben Nealon). He has never met his grandfather until Alex and Derek reconcile on Boxing Day 2003, and Alex introduces him to Derek.

Maxwell Moon[edit]

Maxwell Moon
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Andrew Paul
First appearance 5 December 2003
Last appearance 25 December 2003
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Film crew

Maxwell Moon, played by Andrew Paul, is the second cousin of Alfie Moon (Shane Richie), who he visits on 5 December 2003. He enjoys a day of drinking and reminiscing about old times, but is offended when he realises Alfie has only invited him round to ask him a favour. Alfie wants a snow machine for his wedding to Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace), and he knows Maxwell could get him one, as he works in the film business. Maxwell rips up his wedding invite, but Kat charms him into coming to the wedding, while Alfie mends the invitation. Maxwell later attends the wedding on Christmas Day and provides a snow machine.

Maxwell has not been seen since. However in 2005, Alfie's brother, Spencer (Christopher Parker) gets into trouble with the police, and he is sent to live with Maxwell in Australia.

Liza Moon[edit]

Liza Moon
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Joanne Adams
First appearance 5 December 2003
Last appearance 8 December 2003
Classification Former; guest

Liza Moon, played by Joanne Adams, is the estranged wife of Alfie Moon (Shane Richie). She has not seen Alfie since he was sent to prison for credit card fraud, but Alfie pays a visit to her when he needs a divorce so he can marry his new fiancée Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace). Liza does not want a divorce, but gives up on a reconciliation with Alfie when she realises he loves Kat and not her. She then agrees to a divorce, and Kat and Alfie married on Christmas Day 2003.

Tony Macrae[edit]

Tony Macrae
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Tam White
Duration 2003–04
First appearance 31 December 2003
Last appearance 2 January 2004
Classification Former; guest

Tony Macrae, played by Tam White, is a local who lives near the Scottish hotel where Barry Evans (Shaun Williamson) and Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) are married. He acts as one of the witnesses, alongside Paul Trueman (Gary Beadle), to Barry and Janine's quiet wedding in the hotel.

When Janine pushes Barry into a ravine, Tony joins the search party to look for Barry, and eventually finds his body in the ravine.[22]

Others[edit]

Date(s) Character Actor Circumstances
01/01–28/02 Joel Scott Adkins A barman at Angie's Den, employed by Sam Mitchell, when he takes his top off and she sees his torso. He is attracted to Vicki Fowler.
07/01–16/01 Malcolm
Teresa
Peter McMichael
Monica Gibb
Anthony Trueman's practice partner and manager, whose company Kat finds boring.
03/03 Ben Neil McDermott Replacement market cleaner for Robbie Jackson while he is on holiday. He annoys the locals and they put glue on his broom.
08/05–19/05 Carl Bromley Joe Rice Owner of a chain of car lots who approaches Barry Evans with a proposition to buy into Evans and Son. Barry refuses, but Janine later meets up with Bromley, and forges a deal. When she discovers that Bromley is double-crossing her and Barry, she terminates the deal.
22/05 Vanessa Bird Sara Houghton Gus Smith's lawyer when he is wrongly arrested for a robbery at The Minute Mart. He had been trying to stop Martin and Vicki Fowler from robbing the shop, and got arrested after they ran away. Gus is found not guilty.
22/05–28/11
20/01/2011
D.S. Marsh Steve Money[23] A Detective Sergeant first seen in May 2003 when Gus Smith is wrongly arrested for robbing The Minute Mart. Marsh questions Gus and urges him to name the real culprits, who are Martin and Vicki Fowler who fled the scene . In 2011, he investigates an attack on Connor Stanley, interviewing Ricky Butcher, Whitney Dean, Max Branning and Connor.
22/05–30/05 George Peters Andy Beckwith A heavy employed by Jack Dalton in his nightclub. Peters is sent by Dalton to rape and murder Kate Morton, a police officer. However, Phil Mitchell manages to scupper his plans, causing a vendetta between Phil and George. Kate later gets him arrested for dealing crack cocaine to schoolchildren.
26/06 Nobby Stuart Antony Booth A tramp who gives Alfie Moon a condom, needed for seducing Kat Slater. He first appears when Alfie walks into the Midnight Mission at the local church hall for a cup of tea. He sits with Nobby and explains his situation. Nobby tells Alfie that his wife of 26 years, Mary, has died recently, and gives him a condom, which Alfie later drops in the river.
14/08–15/08 Pradeep Kaleem Janjua Pradeep is Pushpa Ferreira's new partner. He attends a family wedding with Pushpa and is threatened by her estranged husband, Dan Ferreira when a family argument breaks out.
14/10 Aaron Thomas Aldridge A member of a stag party at Angie's Den, who grabs Sharon, and is thrown out by Den and Dennis.
17/11–18/11 Mark Stone William Ilkeley An old accomplice of Phil Mitchell, who meets him to discuss a robbery Phil plans on going on with Den Watts.
18/11 Marlene Christine Ellerbeck[24] Marlene is the mother of Alfie Moon's estranged wife Liza. Alfie tracks her down and asks for Liza's whereabouts in order divorce her so he can marry his fiancee, Kat Slater. Marlene offers Alfie sex but He rejects her and she tells him Liza is well rid of him.
08/12–25/12 Leonard Jay Geoff Leesley Registrar who performs Alfie and Kat Moon's wedding.
16/12–19/12 Paula Campbell Mia Soteriou A police officer at Walford Constabulary. She is Little Mo Mitchell's police liaison officer during her rape case against Graham Foster. Graham raped her and she pressed charges, so Paula is assigned the job of liaising with Mo and her family.
2003– Marie Evans Elizabeth Sweet A waitress at the local café. Marie takes care of the cafe when her various colleagues need to go another place. She joins the Book Club in 2010, following Tanya Branning's departure and Jane's holiday to America. At one point, her employer Ian Beale steals a home video of her giving birth to put his daughter Lucy Beale off having a baby.

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