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. Bert and Ernie Moon arrived in August. Beth Williams, the daughter of teens Cindy Williams (Mimi Keene) and TJ Spraggan (George Sergeant) also arrived in August. Sylvie Carter, Elaine Peacock and Kush Kazemi are also due to arrive in 2014.

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.

Nancy continues working behind the bar. When Mick is accused of soliciting a prostitute, he convinces Nancy of his innocence and Nancy fights Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) over the accusations. Mick is revealed to have been covering for Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), and he publicly humiliates the prostitute involved, Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks), who Nancy gave money to when she was begging earlier in the day. Nancy accuses Mick of hating women for the way he spoke to Rainie. She also demands that in the future she is included in big decisions like covering for Ian, and he agrees.


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] appears in episodes first broadcast in the UK between 1 January and 23 January 2014. He is Nancy Carter's fiancé and first appears at his wedding to Nancy. Her parents Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) arrive, and Mick dislikes the fact that Nancy is marrying Wayne so much that he picks her up and carries our out. Nancy's brother Johnny Carter (Sam Strike) locks the remaining guests inside the community centre where the wedding is taking place. Wayne soon arrives in Walford where he and Nancy resume their relationship in secret.[2] Wayne stays in the local bed and breakfast, and flirts heavily with some of Walford's other women, including 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.

Inside Soap reported that Nancy's parents Mick and Linda 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]

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) talks to him over video chat, 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 the Internet 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, and he later gives Alfie's pitch to rival market trader Donna Yates (Lisa Hammond), despite Alfie excusing his absence on the day to illness. Aleks later shows sympathy towards Alfie, which is rejected, after his house is set on fire.

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.[14] He made his first screen appearance on 27 January 2014. The character and casting were announced on 12 December 2013,[14] 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."[14] 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.[14] Stan has been billed as "opinionated and curmudgeonly", and having a manipulative side.[14] 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."[15]

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.

Stan grows closer to Cora when he holds her a late birthday celebration as everyone forgets the date. He refuses to believe Mick is guilty of soliciting a prostitute when he arrested for the crime, despite his plea in court. Cora reveals the offence to the whole pub, and distances herself from Stan. He is suspicious and realises when speaking to Cora's granddaughter Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) that Cora knows the prostitute involved.

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 Retired Merchant Navy stewardess
Drug dealer
Pub chef
Annette Badland plays Babe Smith

Babe Smith (also known as 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.[14][16] She makes her first on-screen appearance on 31 January 2014. The character and casting were announced on 12 December 2013.[14] 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."[14] 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."[14] Beneath her bubbly personality, she is both shrewd and tough.[14]

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 Carter, 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. When Stan Carter (Timothy West) begins to upset most of the family when he moves into the Vic, Babe warns him to not ruin the families happiness. 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, Tina later introduces Babe to her girlfriend, Tosh Mackintosh (Rebecca Scroggs). Babe warns Tosh not to hurt or upset Tina otherwise Babe will deal with her severely.

When the family decide to have a gathering in the living room, Babe later threatens to reveal Shirley's secret about being Mick's real mother; she then leaves and goes back to her flat where she speaks to someone off screen, implying that her sister Sylvie Carter is living with her. Babe visits Pam at her flower stall and buys a bunch of flowers, when Pam delivers them to the pub Babe rushes her out causing Stan Carter (Timothy West) to become suspicious, he tells Babe that Sylvie liked the same type of flower, hinting that she still has full contact with her, but decides to keep this as a secret.

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,[17] 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!"[18] 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..."[18] Willis started filming his role in December 2013.[18] EastEnders confirmed on Twitter that Willis would be joining for "a short stint".[19]

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.[20] The character and casting was announced on 9 February 2014.[21] Tosh is the actress's first major television role.[21] 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."[21] Tosh is Tina Carter's (Luisa Bradshaw-White) ex-girlfriend. She comes to Walford to see Tina and try and work on their relationship.[21] Tosh is a firefighter who is as billed "as strong, feisty and bright".[21]

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. Desperate for cash to fund IVF treatment, Tina starts dealing her aunt Babe Smith's (Annette Badland) drugs. Tosh discovers this and struggles to trust Tina again, but eventually forgives her. They choose a sperm donor, and Tosh is inseminated though she worries that their child will not know its father.

She becomes pregnant, news which they share with Tina's supportive family. When Alfie Moon's (Shane Richie) house is burnt to the ground, Tosh actively stops people from entering the fire. She later reveals to Tina she has miscarried, but plans to try for another baby. She becomes suspicious that Alfie started the fire himself as insurance fraud, and shares her belief with the fire investigation officer before going to the police, despite Tina's brother Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) actively trying to stop her, aware that her suspicions are correct but knowing Alfie's actions were out of desperation.

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 Caretaker

Charlie Cotton, played by Declan Bennett,[22][23] is the grandson of Dot Branning (June Brown) and the eldest son of Nick Cotton (John Altman).[22] The casting was announced on 22 January 2014.[22] The actor began filming in February.[22] 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.

Dot's step-daughter, Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) asks Charlie to speak to her grandson, Liam Butcher (James Forde), as the police are asking questions about drug dealing. Charlie leaves his phone in the house, which Carol answers and discovers that Nick is alive.[24] She confronts Charlie, who says Dot is better off without Nick and now he cannot return to her life. Carol tells Charlie to tell Dot the truth or she will,[25] but eventually decides not to as Dot enjoys having Charlie around.[26] However, Max is still suspicious of Charlie, and talks to DC Emma Summerhayes (Anna Acton), who finds out that Charlie is not a police officer.[27] However, when Charlie reveals to Emma that he knows about her affair with Max, he tells her to back off or he will expose her. Charlie shows up at a care home where he is greeted by Yvonne. She tells him that he is late for work and it is revealed that he is in fact a caretaker. Charlie's car window is smashed, and he receives a text message from Nick, confirming he did it.[28] When Yvonne finds out, she insists they flee him to Ireland, and she forces him to say goodbye to Dot. However, at the last minute, he is unable to do so, and returns to Dot. With Yvonne gone, he moves in with her and her lodger Fatboy (Ricky Norwood). He shows his angry side once again when he believes that Carol has told Dot about Nick still being alive, and, as a result, Carol's distrust grows and she orders him to do a DNA test to prove he is Dot's grandson. They plan to take DNA from Dot's toothbrush, but she catches them and then willingly participates in the tests, which reveal that Charlie is indeed Dot's grandson.

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.[29] Hatchard will begin filming with the show in February.[29] 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."[29] 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.[29] Digital Spy's Meg Drewett reports that Lee is a "Jack-the lad" character[29] 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.[29] 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.".[29] In late April 2014, Hatchard took a short break from the soap, and returned in July.

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 affair 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.[30] The next day, Lee reveals that he saw Lucy arguing with Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick). Lee, along with Tina and Tosh, confront Billy, but he angrily tells them to leave. In Dot Branning's (June Brown) memorial to the commemorate the centenary of World War I, Lee raises and lowers the Union Flag as a memorial. He tries to win back Whitney, but she is still upset about how he abandoned her for Lucy. Eventually, she forgives him, and they start a relationship. Whitney's adoptive mother Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) protests to the relationship until Lee wins her round. Lee and Whitney have sex, and she confides in him that her estranged brother Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott) is trying to get back in contact with her.

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.[31] Donna was written as Trish Yates[32] and not originally a disabled character, but this was changed when Hammond impressed producers during her audition.[33] Donna is the second regular disabled character to appear in EastEnders after Adam Best (David Proud).[33] 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."[33] 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".[33] He added that initially she would be difficult to like, but eventually her funny and loyal side would come out.[33]

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.[34] 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!'"[34]

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.[34] 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."[34]

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.[31] The character and casting was announced on 4 April 2014.[35] Pam is the wife of established character Les Coker (Roger Sloman) who was made a regular in April 2014.[36] 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." [35] 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." [35]

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.[31] The character and casting was announced on 17 April 2014.[37] 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.” [37] 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." [35]

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). Summerhayes later introduces Ian to press officer Ross Abernethy (William Tapley) to prepare him for a television press conference appealing for information about the murder. Summerhayes then reveals that CCTV footage has been recovered from a bus Lucy travelled on the night she died, which can be shown at the appeal.

After the press conference, Ian complains to Summerhayes about reporter Beth Kennedy's (Jordan Baker) questions about Lucy's drug using and she apologises to him and explains that the appeal generated a response from the public with new leads and information. Summerhayes later encounters Max and he asks if he can see her again but she brushes him off, telling him that she is on duty. Summerhayes returns the following week, and Max asks if he can see her again but she tells him that she is too busy with work. Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett) witnesses their conversation and Max tells Summerhayes that he does not trust Charlie and that he is a police officer as well. Summerhayes tells Max she hasn't heard of Charlie and accuses him of being jealous of him. She later visits Max again and reveals that she has discovered that Charlie is not a police officer. Summerhayes later tries to arrest Charlie for impersonating a police officer but he threatens to reveal her relationship with Max to her superiors and she is forced to let him go. Summerhayes later ends her relationship with Max again, not wanting to risk her job any further.

The following week Summerhayes and Keeble visit Ian to give him an update on the investigation but he is forced to rearrange it as he is holding a party for Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker). The next day Ian and Peter go to the police station and Peter thinks that Summerhayes has good news for them. Summerhayes sits with them as Keeble gives them the update. When Keeble leaves the room to take a phone call, Summerhayes unofficially tells Ian and Peter that they believe a man seen getting off the bus at the same stop as Lucy on the CCTV footage is their prime suspect for the murder. When Peter demands to know the name of the suspect, Keeble is forced to correct Summerhayes that the man is just a witness and not a suspect and apologises for Summerhayes' error. Peter is angry with Summerhayes for getting their hopes up. Summerhayes visits Peter the following week and apologises for her mistake and tells him that there has been another development in the investigation. Summerhayes later accompanies Keeble as she arrives to question Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) after identifying him as the man from the bus.

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
Occupation Nurse

Yvonne Cotton, played by former Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn, made her first screen appearance on 12 May 2014.[38] The character and McLynn's casting was announced on 25 April 2014.[38] McLynn appears on a recurring basis as the mother of Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett).[38] 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."[38] Yvonne will arrive on Albert Square to give Dot Branning (June Brown) some answers over the sudden appearance of her grandson.[38] 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."[38]

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 Cotton'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.

Over the next few months, Charlie continues to see Dot and she gets used to having him around, and it is revealed that Nick is alive, though Charlie and Yvonne have staged his death. Yvonne asks Charlie to stop seeing Dot, as she thinks that Nick has tracked them down. Charlie tells Dot that he is moving to Ireland, because he has been promoted at work. She tells him that she is very proud of him, but is secretly heartbroken. However, Charlie decides not to go to Ireland, and returns to Walford without Yvonne.

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,[39] 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.[39] They stay in contact via text message.[40] 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.[41] 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.[30]

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,[42] with a gay pride event being recreated and the pub being filled with extras.[43] Gianluca was described as a "handsome Italian" by the Daily Mail, who reported that Johnny would face heartbreak.[44] All About Soap thought Gianluca looked "perfect" for Johnny, but said "his dress sense leaves a bit to be desired."[43] The Daily Star welcomed the kiss between Johnny and Gianluca, as an earlier kiss between Johnny and Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) had received complaints.[45] 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."[46] The storyline received homophobic comments from a small minority of viewers before it had been broadcast.[47]

Reverend Chris Skinner[edit]

Reverend Chris Skinner
Eastenders character
Portrayed by Mark Letheren
Duration 2014
First appearance 29 July 2014
Last appearance 4 September 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Former; recurring
Occupation Preacher

Reverend Chris Skinner, played by Mark Letheren made his appearance as a preacher for Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) during her time of cancer and departed in September 2014 after Carol's cancer was cleared.

He first appears as a hospital chaplain who talks to Carol when she is in hospital for a double mastectomy. Carol admits she is scared, so Chris shows her an operation scar and explains he spent 10 weeks in hospital once following a motorbike accident, and he encourages her to pray. He visits Carol after her operation and she thanks him for his support. Carol sees him again whilst waiting at the hospital for her final appointment and he offers to listen to her if she wants to talk to someone. After Carol receives her results which are positive, she returns to the hospital and finds Chris just as he is leaving and thanks him again for supporting her. She gets upset and Chris comforts her and does his best to reassure her. He then gives her a bible to consult if she has any worries in the future.

Bert and Ernie Moon[edit]

Bert and Ernie Moon
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Freddie and Stanley Beale
Duration 2014–
First appearance 8 August 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Present; recurring

Albert "Bert" and Ernest "Ernie" Moon, played by Freddie and Stanley Beale,[48] are the twin sons of Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) and Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace).[49]

They are born on 8 August 2014, though the first baby to be born is not breathing and has to be resuscitated. Kat and Alfie state the babies have no name, to which Mo Harris (Laila Morse) says they cannot keep calling them "Bert and Ernie",[50] though Kat insists the names are just temporary.[51] However, when they are unable to decide on final names, they decide to register them as Albert and Ernest.[52]

It was reported on 22 July 2014 that the babies would be named Bert and Ernie, after the Muppets characters.[53] Sarah Deen from the Metro said of the twins' arrival: "The lovely scene with Kat and Alfie cuddling their healthy newborn sons is probably the most positive thing EastEnders viewers have seen in months. The mass outpouring of love on Twitter for two fictional characters was quite something."[54]

Kush Kazemi[edit]

Kush Kazemi
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Davood Ghadami
Duration 2014–
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Future; regular
Occupation Market trader

Khoroush "Kush" Kazemi is played by Davood Ghadami. He is a friend of Sonia Fowler's (Natalie Cassidy) husband Martin Fowler (James Alexandrou). The character and casting were announced on 19 August 2014, when it was said the character was a "good guy" who is "funny and full of energy". He is said to have a "brash exterior" underneath which hides "a tragic past that he is keen to escape from". Ghadami said of his casting, "I'm so excited to be joining the cast of EastEnders as I've been a fan of the show for as long as I can remember. It's surreal to get to work with these actors that I've spent so many evenings watching on television!" Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said, "Davood's a brilliant actor and a proper gentleman. We've had Kush in our minds for a while now—a new leading man to spice up the market and set some female hearts fluttering. And it won't be long before he has one Walford woman firmly in his sights..."[55] It was said the character would "cause a big stir", as a ladies' man with a big heart, who sets up a market stall to rival Kat Moon's (Jessie Wallace) clothing stall. He was also called a "cheeky chappy" by All About Soap.[56]

Elaine Peacock[edit]

Elaine Peacock
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Maria Friedman
Duration 2014
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Future; guest
Occupation Pub landlady

Elaine Peacock is the mother of Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) and a future guest character. Maria Friedman was cast as Elaine, a character mentioned by her on-screen family for nearly a year before her casting, who is to come to Walford to help Linda through the aftermath of a rape ordeal by Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo), the brother of her husband Mick Carter (Danny Dyer). Elaine has a good relationship with Mick, Linda's husband, as he, Linda and their family lived with Elaine for a number of years before taking over their own pub in Walford. She is billed as 'larger than life, glamorous... loves to be the centre of attention' and has a 'fraught' relationship with daughter Linda over their similar personalities. Friedman appear as Elaine for a short stint in Autumn 2014.[57]

Elaine's pub in Watford appears first when Mick's sisters Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) and Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) visit there, hoping to see Mick. Soon after, Mick reunites with his sisters and moves his family, including Elaine's daughter Linda, to Walford, to run a pub, the Queen Victoria. Mick comments that Elaine is lonely without them and frequently the family speak with her on the phone. Linda briefly visits Elaine when she hurts her back, and stays for several weeks, wanting to get some space from Mick as they have been having marital problems. Linda eventually returns to Walford.

Sylvie Carter[edit]

Sylvie Carter
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Linda Marlowe
Introduced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Classification Future; regular

Sylvie Carter (née Smith) played by Linda Marlowe is the ex-wife of Stan Carter (Timothy West), mother of Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) and Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White), and grandmother of Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo). She is the sister of Babe Smith (Annette Badland). The character is mentioned several times in the show, leading to speculation that the character would appear, and EastEnders confirmed on 1 August 2014 that she would appear "at some point".[58] In September 2014, EastEnders bosses confirmed they were in the process of casting Sylvie and that she would be onscreen 'imminently'.[59]


Character Date(s) Actor Circumstances
Garvey 17 January Thomas Aldridge[60] A builder who informs the Carters they have a severe case of rising damp in the barrel store of The Queen Victoria pub.[60]
Mr Brewer 24 January Uncredited An environmental health officer who arrives at The Queen Victoria pub following complaints about their meat.[61] The next week he tells Linda Carter that the meat is lamb, though the Carters suspected it might be dog.[62]
Verity 10–11 February
(2 episodes)
Saskia Butler[63] The owner of a salon which is frequented by Stacey Branning. When Kat Moon sees Stacey going inside, she questions Verity on Stacey's whereabouts but Verity refuses to give her any information.[63] The next day, Max Branning poses as an IT technician and prints off the salon's customer details behind Verity's back.[64]
Shelley Cram 11 February Jane Jeffery[64] 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.[64]
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.
Sandra Dinsdale 25 February–
8 August
(3 episodes)
Donna Combe[65] A prison guard present when Stacey Branning and Kat Moon visit Janine Butcher in prison. Later, she escorts Stacey, now a prisoner herself, to the hospital when she visits her mother Jean Slater.[50][65]
Nicole 17 March–20 March Tamsin Caroll[66] 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[67] 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[68] 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. Bryant later searches Phil Mitchell's house in connection with a robbery committed by Jay Brown, the night Lucy was killed.
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–16 September
(3 episodes)
Johanne Murdock A nurse who looks after a cancer-stricken Carol Jackson after she collapses in the middle of Albert Square. She later treats Alfie Moon for burns after he is injured in a fire at his home.
Rajinder Singh 29 May Narinder Samra A chemist who Ian Beale orders a prescription of sleeping tablets from.
Frank Cavendish 30 May–4 September
(3 episodes)[69]
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. He later examines Carol at her last hospital appointment and he reveals to Carol, Bianca and Carol's other daughter Sonia Fowler that the chemotherapy has worked and that the cancer has gone and Carol has made a full recovery.
Ineta Shirovs 13 June, 30 September Gledisa Arthur
Octavia Alexandru[70]
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[71] 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.[71]
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.[72]
Dr Callow 18 July Max Dowler[73] 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.[73]
Kate Hughes 25 July Nimmy March[74] 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 tells Kate that he found the cakes. Kate says the matter will be passed onto the police.[74]
Reverend Chris Skinner 29 July–4 September
(3 episodes)[69]
Mark Letheren[26] A hospital chaplain who talks to Carol Jackson when she is in hospital for a double mastectomy. Carol admits she is scared, so Chris shows her an operation scar and explains he spent 10 weeks in hospital once following a motorbike accident, and he encourages her to pray.[25] He visits Carol after her operation and she thanks him for his support.[26] Carol sees him again whilst waiting at the hospital for her final appointment and he offers to listen to her if she wants to talk to someone. After Carol receives her results which are positive, she returns to the hospital and finds Chris just as he is leaving and thanks him again for supporting her. She gets upset and Chris comforts her and does his best to reassure her. He then gives her a bible to consult if she has any worries in the future.[69]
PC Gregg Preston 5–7 August
(2 episodes)
Matt Slack[75] A police officer who arrests Mick Carter for soliciting the services of a prostitute, after seeing him speaking to Rainie Cross.[65][75]
Ross Abernethy 7–12 August
(2 episodes)
William Tapley[65] A police press officer who prepares Ian Beale for his upcoming televised appeal for witnesses regarding the murder of his daughter Lucy Beale.[65] He refuses to allow Ian's family and friends to sit in on the appeal, saying that only Ian and his son Peter Beale can sit with the press.[76]
Imogen Phipps 8 August Janice Acquah[50] A midwife who delivers Kat and Alfie Moon's twin babies Bert and Ernie.[50]
Beth Kennedy 12 August Jordan Baker[76] A journalist who attends a televised appeal for witnesses regarding the murder of Lucy Beale. She criticises the progress of the investigation and upsets Lucy's father, Ian Beale, by suggesting that Lucy was an habitual user of drugs.[76]
Nurse Christine Lewis 22 August Janet Walker[77] A nurse at a care home Ian Beale and Denise Fox visit for Patrick Trueman whilst he recovers from his stroke. It is the same care home where Yvonne Cotton and Charlie Cotton work and Charlie nearly bumps into Ian and Denise as Christine shows them round.[77]
Fiona Payne 26 August Sandra James-Young[78] A social worker who assesses Ian Beale and Denise Fox's house to see if it is fit for Patrick Trueman to stay in whilst he recovers from his stroke.[78]
Beth Williams or Spraggan 28 August–
(4 episodes to date)
Uncredited The daughter of Cindy Williams and TJ Spraggan, born on 28 August.[79] Cindy names her after singer Beth Ditto.[52]
Mark Harrison 1 September Edward M Corrie[80] Stacey Branning's solicitor who visits her in prison and prepares her for her appeal against her conviction for killing Archie Mitchell.[80]
Tony Gallagher 5 September John Webber[81] A friend of Mick Carter's who Alfie Moon tries to sell his car to but is unsuccessful.[81]
Colin Chalmers 5 September Richard Cunningham[81] A bank manager whom Alfie Moon asks for a loan but turns him down, telling him that he believes Alfie would be unable to repay it.[81]
Deborah Lake 18–19 September
(2 episodes)
Charlotte Pyke[82][83] A consultant at the hospital who treats Kat Moon for severe burns after she is injured in a fire at her home. She then talks Kat through the likely stages of recovery and treatment for her injuries.
Neil Wallace 18–19 September
(2 episodes)
Kevin Pallister[82][83] A fire service investigator who questions Alfie Moon about a fire at his home. He also questions Mo Harris and Stacey Branning about the fire. He rules that the fire was started accidentally and tells Alfie that the insurance will probably pay out for the repairs to the house.
Dr. Bruce Field 25 September Matt Lacey
Marta Shirovs 30 September Noeleen Comiskey


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