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|Portrayed by||Phil Daniels|
|First appearance||17 February 2006|
|Last appearance||1 January 2008|
|Introduced by||Kate Harwood|
Kevin Wicks is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Phil Daniels. Kevin made his first appearance on 17 February 2006 when he was introduced onto the show alongside his two children Carly (Kellie Shirley) and Deano (Matt Di Angelo), and is introduced as the nephew of long running character of Pat Butcher (Pam St. Clement). Kevin, a wheeler dealer, is described as caring, sensitive and a cheeky chappy. It was announced on 18 August 2007 that Daniels had decided not to renew his contract, and on-screen Kevin was killed off in a car accident in an episode set on New Year's Eve 2007 and was broadcast on New Year's Day 2008.
Kevin married Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) and had one son with her named Jimbo (Lloyd Richards), who had cystic fibrosis. Shirley had several affairs while married to Kevin and became pregnant twice; Kevin was not their father. Kevin brought Shirley's children, Carly (Kellie Shirley) and Deano (Matt Di Angelo), up as his own. However, Shirley found parenting tough; she abandoned Kevin in 1989, leaving him a single parent. Jimbo eventually died from his illness; Shirley failed to return for his funeral and did not contact her surviving children.
Kevin follows Deano to Walford in February 2006 and begins living with his aunt, Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement). Kevin plans to emigrate but gets involved in Carly's marital break-up and decides to stay in Walford to support his children, taking over management of the local car lot.
Despite an acrimonious introduction to Denise Fox (Diane Parish) in May 2006 - she mistakes him for Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) and wrongly accuses him of sleeping with her daughter Chelsea (Tiana Benjamin) - an attraction develops and they start dating. Denise's temper proves difficult for Kevin to cope with but he begins to see a more vulnerable side to her, which convinces him that she is worth persevering with. It is volatile romance, and Denise ends the relationship several times leaving Kevin to be pursued by Elaine Jarvis (Siân Reeves). However, Kevin supports Denise through the abuse of her ex-husband Owen Turner (Lee Ross), so the couple reunite and move in together.
In late 2006, the Wicks family take a short holiday to Dorset. Kevin's ex-wife, Shirley, traces them there and tries to reunite with her children, Deano and Carly, until Kevin orders her to leave them alone. Shirley refuses and follows them to Walford in January 2007, and reveals her true identity, causing negative repercussions. When Kevin tries to make her leave, Shirley threatens to tell her children that Kevin is not their real father. The truth eventually comes out and both Carly and Deano shun Kevin. Deano eventually forgives Kevin for lying, but Carly will not. Devastated, Kevin leaves Walford, not telling anyone where he is going. Kevin is missing for several months, it is later confirmed he is alive after bank records show he cleared his account in Hastings. He goes to Dungeness and plans to go to France, but after meeting a man named Jed (Burn Gorman) - who steals his ferry tickets and then dies in a road traffic accident - Kevin decides to go home. When Carly once again rejects him, he turns to Shirley for comfort and has sex with her. Kevin regrets it and makes Shirley promise to keep the tryst secret. Kevin manages to rebuild his relationship with his children and Denise, whom he proposes to. Denise and Kevin's wedding goes ahead in April 2007, despite Shirley's attempt to ruin the day - she turns up at the ceremony and tells Denise about their recent tryst, only to find Kevin has already told her.
Kevin has to endure numerous upsets involving his family, including the imprisonment of Deano and Chelsea, who try to frame Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) for the assault of Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker). Kevin tries to protect them by destroying CCTV footage that shows the real culprit is Craig Dixon (Rory Jennings). However, Carly copies the tape and gives it to the police. Deano and Chelsea are found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice and are imprisoned.
In December 2007, Kevin agrees to sell cars for Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), unaware they are stolen. When he discovers this, he agrees to continue selling them as he wants money for a new house for his family, and a round the world trip for Deano. Phil later learns from Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) that the cars are dangerous "cut-and-shuts" and tells Kevin to get rid of them. However, Denise has sold one of the cars to Yolande Trueman (Angela Wynter), so on New Year's Eve 2007, Kevin tries to steal Yolande's car and destroy it. His plans are jeopardized by Shirley, who threatens to tell the police unless he persuades Carly to talk to her. Unable to get rid of Shirley, Kevin throws her into the car, planning to take it to a junkyard. However, the car is low on petrol and they are unable to get to their destination, so Kevin and Shirley decide to race the car and then set it alight, making it look like the work of joyriding vandals. While Kevin races dangerously in the car, Shirley goads him to go faster; he drives off at speed, but the car bonnet opens and Kevin crashed into wreckage, leaving him impaled by a metal pole. Shirley attempts to keep Kevin alive but fails and he dies moments before New Year 2008. Kevin's body is taken to the mortuary, where Denise kisses him at the stroke of midnight, wishing him Happy New Year. Kevin's funeral is held in January 2008, but the hearse breaks down and this results in Kevin's friends and family carrying his coffin to the crematorium. Denise reveals in June that she and Carly had scattered Kevin's ashes in the South China Sea. Phil is arrested for Kevin's murder in December 2011, but is released due to lack of evidence.