List of EastEnders characters (2007)

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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2007, by order of first appearance. A new family were introduced in this year, with Zainab Masood, Masood Ahmed, Shabnam Masood and Tamwar Masood creating the Masood clan. Heather Trott was introduced, and the Michell family was extended, with Ronnie Mitchell and Roxy Mitchell as a fiery new double act. August saw the arrival of Tanya Branning's drug-addicted sister Rainie Cross. Scott Maslen joined the soap opera as Jack Branning in October, and his nephew Oscar Branning was born in December.

DI Kelly[edit]

DI Kelly
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ian Burfield
Duration 2007–08, 2010
First appearance 1 January 2007
Last appearance 13 July 2010
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Detective Inspector

Detective Inspector Kelly, played by Ian Burfield, is a police detective at Walford Police Station. In 2007, he investigates the death of Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard) and subsequently arrests Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) for her murder following the funeral. He arrests May Wright (Amanda Drew) for abducting Summer Swann, and also Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) on suspicion of murdering his fiancée Stella Crawford (Sophie Thompson). He appears when he is investigating Jay Brown's stabbing. In August 2008 he investigates the murder of Jase Dyer (Stephen Lord) and interrogates Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) as a key witness. In July 2010 he informs Liz Turner (Kate Williams) that a body found in Albert Square is that of her son Owen (Lee Ross), and takes his ex-wife Denise Johnson (Diane Parish) in for questioning. Denise is released without charge. Kelly later informs Denise's family that her car has been discovered abandoned by a canal, and then that the body of a woman was pulled from the canal along with Denise's mobile phone. Lucas identifies the body as Denise's, however, Kelly still believes somebody else was involved in Owen's murder.

Derek Evans[edit]

Derek Evans
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Simon Lowe
Duration 2007–10
First appearance 1 March 2007
Last appearance 6 August 2010
Created by Julia Gilbert
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Social worker

Derek Evans is a social worker, played by Simon Lowe. In March 2007, he visits Bert Atkinson (Dave Hill) and his grandson Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick), when Bert is trying to get a residency order for Jay to live with him permanently. Jay charms Derek, offering him a cup of tea and talking to him politely, impressing him. In January 2008, Derek visits Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner) and her sister Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks). In October that year, he attempts to sort out Jay's foster care problems when Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) offers to care for him, as Jay does not want Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon) to be his foster mother. Derek inspects the flat above The Queen Victoria public house, and allows Jay to stay with Billy, despite Roxy Mitchell's (Rita Simons) messiness. In July 2009, he visits Denise Wicks (Diane Parish) after Jordan Johnson's (Michael-Joel David Stuart) mother Trina (Sharon Duncan Brewster) reports her to the police, claiming that Denise has been abusing Jordan. In June 2010, he visits Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) to assess his family including his children Louise (Brittany Papple) and Ben (Charlie Jones), who has assaulted Jordan. The following month he visits Phil and Peggy to say that Louise's mother Lisa Fowler (Lucy Benjamin) has made an application to see her daughter. Derek explains that the final decision is not up to Phil and his mother Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) says that Derek is a typical social worker – an interfering, home-wrecking busybody. Derek responds sarcastically and leaves. When Peggy returns Louise to Lisa, they contact Derek again, and when he arrives, Phil steals his bag to get Lisa's address.

Marco Bianco[edit]

Marco Bianco
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Bart Ruspoli
First appearance 20 March 2007
Last appearance 16 July 2007
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Interior designer

Marco Bianco, played by Bart Ruspoli, is the interior designer who redesigns the flat above The Queen Victoria pub for Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor). He works on the design to renovate the pub itself, after Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement) found a flea on the bar, though the regulars think the pub looks the same, and Peggy berates him for it.

Peggy then gets him to do some work for Stella Crawford (Sophie Thompson) and Phil Mitchell's (Steve McFadden) wedding reception. At one stage Marco breaks down crying to Peggy, after his boyfriend left him. Marco also helps Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) mend a fan of his wife Yolande's (Angela Wynter) that Patrick broke by tripping up.

Anya Covalenco[edit]

Anya Covalenco
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Olga Fedori
First appearance 9 April 2007
Last appearance 13 April 2007
Created by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Pole dancer

Anya Covalenco (Ukrainian: Аня Коваленко), played by Olga Fedori, is a Ukrainian illegal immigrant, a pole dancer who abandons her month-old baby, Tomas, in a church in Kent for vicar Mary Lavender (Regina Freedman) to look after. Dot Branning (June Brown) later finds the baby, and knowing Reverend Lavender is on holiday, takes Tomas back to Walford, leaving a note in the church with her address on it.

Dot's husband Jim (John Bardon) goes to a pole dancing club, finding a flyer for it with Tomas, to track Anya down, but is told she no longer works there by a hostess he speaks to. As Jim travels back to Walford, Anya arrives at Dot and Jim's house. After shouting at Dot for interfering, Dot offers her a place to stay, and she accepts. Jim, however, does not agree with this, and reports Anya to the immigration authorities. Immigration officers arrive and Jim tells Dot what he has done. Dot takes Anya and Tomas out of the house and hides them in the back of her car. Dot returns to the house and tells immigration that there is nobody there and it must have been a hoax. Dot and Jim then take Anya and Tomas to a church, believing it to be a sanctuary where they will be safe. The immigration officers follow them to the church, where Dot says Anya and Tomas will be safe in a room at the back of the church and could live there. Dot confronts the officers, Paul Jenkins (Simon Quarterman) and Warren Rice (Ewan Bailey) telling them it is a sanctuary and they cannot go through. Rice tells Dot she is wrong about this. Anya eventually decides to give herself up, but tells Jim to take care of Tomas as she now trusts them.

She later writes to Dot in June 2007, telling her to care for her son - not knowing that Tomas is now up for adoption, when Dot realises that she cannot bring up baby Tomas.

Tomas Covalenco[edit]

Tomas Covalenco
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Dylan Woolf
Tyler Woolf
Joshua Wing
First appearance 9 April 2007
Last appearance 8 June 2007
Created by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring

Tomas Covalenco (Ukrainian: Томас Коваленко) is a baby that is abandoned on 9 April 2007 by his mother, Anya (Olga Fedori) in a church in Kent, and found by Dot Branning (June Brown). Dot leaves her address on a notice board in the church, and Anya arrives in Walford to collect Tomas on 10 April. She is later arrested by immigration officials Warren Rice (Ewan Bailey) and Paul Jenkins (Simon Quarterman) for being an illegal immigrant, but she doesn't tell them she has a baby, leaving him with Dot and her husband Jim (John Bardon). Jim later tells his family that Tomas is the product of an affair between Dot's son Nick Cotton (John Altman) and a prison nurse with no maternal instincts. He is then known as George Merton, until Dot is persuaded by Reverend Stevens (Michael Keating) and her oldest friend, Harold Legg (Leonard Fenton) to tell Social Services that she has him. He is collected on 8 June by social worker Natasha Powell (Natasha Gordon).

Hazel Hobbs[edit]

Hazel Hobbs
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Kika Mirylees
Duration 2007–08
First appearance 10 April 2007
Last appearance 24 April 2008
Created by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Cruise Ship entertainer

Hazel Hobbs, played by Kika Mirylees,[1] is the mother of Garry Hobbs (Ricky Groves). She first appears in April 2007, when Garry attends her wedding. Hazel then decides she doesn't want to marry her fiancé, Gerald, because he has too much nasal hair, describing it as "like tusks". She and Garry rush back to Gerald's house to collect her belongings, but Gerald arrives at the house before they leave, and hits Garry, thinking he is Hazel's toyboy. Hazel then stays with Garry in Walford, and falls for his best friend Minty Peterson (Cliff Parisi). However this leads to Garry punching Minty and Hazel leaves Walford.

In August 2007, it is revealed that Hazel and Minty have started a relationship behind Garry's back. They take a romantic weekend in Brighton but do not know that Garry is also there with Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon). Garry finds out they are seeing each other and is outraged. Back in Walford, Minty finds the engagement ring that Garry had used to propose to Dawn (she said no) and bends down to pick it up off the floor. He is on one knee, holding the ring, when Hazel comes in the room, and she assumes that Minty is planning to propose to her and immediately says "Yes, I do". Hazel then starts planning the wedding, and she gets a job as a receptionist at Booty.

Hazel befriends Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison), who is infatuated with her son Garry. Hazel then asks an elated Heather to be her bridesmaid at her upcoming wedding to Minty, to which she accepts. After fainting at work, Hazel starts to believe she is pregnant. Minty buys lots of things for the baby but Hazel tearfully reveals on in February 2008 that it is the menopause, and she can never have a baby. Hazel then leaves the square, believing that she would be restricting Minty's future desires to have a family if she stayed with him. However Hazel returns on 22 April and proposes to Minty on his wedding morning to Heather. Hazel tells him that they'd get married and set for a life on the cruise ships but he says no and goes after Heather. Hazel then watches as the wedding goes ahead without her, and then says goodbye to Garry and leaves. This is her last appearance, but it is mentioned in February 2009 that Hazel is on a cruise ship heading for Monaco.

Olive Woodhouse[edit]

Olive Woodhouse
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Sylvia Syms
Duration 2007, 2009–10
First appearance 17 April 2007
Last appearance 20 July 2010
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Bridal shop owner and dress fitter

Olive Woodhouse,[2] played by Sylvia Syms, is a friend of Peggy Mitchell's (Barbara Windsor) whom she has known since childhood. She is a dress fitter and first appears fitting Stella Crawford's (Sophie Thompson) wedding dress in April 2007, and criticises her taste, making her angry.

She returns on 5 March 2009 to fit Peggy's wedding dress and she takes an instant dislike to Peggy's niece and future stepdaughter Roxy (Rita Simons). The wedding dress she creates for Peggy is slightly provocative and Peggy's fiancé Archie (Larry Lamb) sees the plans and purposely walks in, seeing Peggy in the dress, making her want to change it in fear of bad luck. She then notices Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) following Archie and grows suspicious, thinking they are having an affair. She asks Archie, who then tells her that now they are paying for another dress, he wants to make some changes making the new dress less revealing.

She returns again in 2010,[3] when Peggy, Roxy, Roxy's sister Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and Ronnie and Roxy's mother Glenda (Glynis Barber) arrive at her bridal shop to find a dress for Ronnie's wedding to Jack Branning (Scott Maslen). Olive feels insulted when Roxy insults the dresses. When Ronnie finds a dress she likes, Olive returns with them to The Queen Victoria pub to make adjustments.

Verity Wright[edit]

Verity Wright
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Amanda Ryan
First appearance 1 May 2007
Last appearance 28 May 2007
Created by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; guest

Verity Wright, played by Amanda Ryan, is the sister of May Wright (Amanda Drew). She visits May with her two children on 1 May 2007, when she finds the nursery in May's flat meant for Dawn Swann's (Kara Tointon) baby, presuming May is pregnant.[4] She later visits May on her birthday, and is shocked to find out that May's husband Rob (Stuart Laing) has filed for divorce.[5] She returns once more on 28 May to visit May and gives her a present for the baby she thinks she is having.

Manju Patel[edit]

Manju Patel
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Leena Dhingra
First appearance 4 May 2007
Last appearance 20 December 2007
Created by Alexander Lamb
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Shopkeeper

Manju Patel is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Leena Dhingra. Originally a guest character, Mrs Patel's primary purpose was as a plot device in the exit of nurse Naomi Julien, after the actress Petra Letang left the show.[6] However, following her two appearances on 4 May and 21 May 2007, she became popular with fans, to the point where she has been called a "cult icon" by Digital Spy soaps editor Kris Green.[7] It was announced on 16 August 2007 that she would be return to the show later in 2007.[7]

Mrs Patel is a patient of Walford's general practitioner, May Wright (Amanda Drew). May writes out a double prescription for her, and takes one of the bottles of dihydrocodeine pills for her own personal use. She later tells nurse Naomi Julien (Petra Letang) that it is a mistake, after Mrs Patel points this out.

Mrs Patel is later mentioned on 9 August 2007 during a telephone conversation between Dot Branning (June Brown) and Charlie Slater (Derek Martin). On 9 November it is revealed that Mrs Patel is Billy Mitchell's (Perry Fenwick) new landlady. She gives him one month's notice to vacate the flat along with his wife Honey (Emma Barton) and baby Janet because she wants a professional couple with no children to live there. Eventually, Mrs Patel decides to evict the couple from the flat. However, Billy changes the locks so Mrs Patel cannot enter. When Billy is out buying nappies, Mrs Patel gets help from her nephews to get into the flat and remove Honey, the children and all their belongings. She offers Billy money as a good will gesture but Billy refuses to accept it.

Though she does not appear again, Manju is mentioned on 13 May 2008 by Shabnam Masood (Zahra Ahmadi) who tells her mother Zainab (Nina Wadia) that she is going to see if Mrs Patel has any new clothes in her Sari shop. On 24 July Mrs Patel's shop is mentioned by Jane Beale (Laurie Brett) when she is looking to buy some fabric for an Indian lunch that she and Husband Ian (Adam Woodyatt) are holding at the cafe. They buy the material from Mrs Patel after seeing it although Mrs Patel isn't seen. Mrs Patel is then mentioned on 24 March 2009 when Syd Chambers (Nina Toussaint-White) announces she is renting 13a Turpin Road, the flat above the bookies from her. In April 2010, she rents the flat to Syed (Marc Elliott) and Amira Masood (Preeya Kalidas). In 2012 she is mentioned by Denise Fox (Diane Parish) and Zainab at Heather Trott's (Cheryl Fergison) funeral service.

Erek[edit]

Erek
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Goran Kostić
First appearance 7 May 2007
Last appearance 15 June 2007
Created by Diederick Santer

Erek, played by Goran Kostić, was a Polish builder who first appears on 7 May 2007. Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) is annoyed by him and the other builders, and when a feud breaks out between Ian and Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), Erek helps Phil to humiliate Ian. He later starts a relationship with Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) but it ends when Shirley's son Deano (Matt Di Angelo) speaks badly about her, Erek punches him and Shirley then punches Erek.

Warren Stamp[edit]

Warren Stamp
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Will Mellor
First appearance 28 May 2007
Last appearance 31 May 2007
Created by Alison Fisher
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Salesman

Warren Stamp, played by Will Mellor, is a salesman who asks Preeti Choraria (Babita Pohoomull) out on a date after trying to sell her supplies at Booty. He assaults Preeti on the date leaving distinct bruises on her arm. A day later he goes on a date with Carly Wicks (Kellie Shirley) where he puts drugs in her drink in an attempt to rape her. She is rescued by Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky), and Warren runs away.

Summer Swann[edit]

Summer Swann
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Daisy Fitter (2007)
Abbie Hackworth (2007)
Harry Swash (2007)
Isabella Hegarty (2007–09)
Rebecca Hegarty (2007–09)
Duration 2007–09
First appearance 21 June 2007
Last appearance 27 August 2009
Created by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring

Summer Swann is the daughter of Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon) and Rob Minter (Stuart Laing). She has been played by on-screen uncle Joe Swash's son, Harry Swash,[8] Abbie Hackworth[9] as well as by Daisy Fitter, and by twins Isabella and Rebecca Hegarty.[10] Along with actors Ricky Groves and Kara Tointon, the character made her final appearance on 27 August 2009.

Summer is born on 19 June 2007 after her mother, Dawn, goes into premature labour on the tube. Dawn makes it to the hospital, where she safely delivers Summer with her best friend Carly Wicks (Kellie Shirley) by her side. Dawn initially finds it hard to bond with Summer as she still wants to go out partying. However during a trip to Brighton in August 2007 with Summer and Garry Hobbs (Ricky Groves), Dawn accepts responsibility for her daughter and vows to become a proper mother. As January 2008 approaches, Summer sees her mother begin a relationship with builder Jase Dyer (Stephen Lord), and begins modelling for catalogues after Dawn takes her to an audition. Dawn then enters her for the "Beautiful Baby" competition at The Queen Victoria pub on her first birthday. Dawn puts fake tan on Summer for the competition, which she later has an allergic reaction to, but she is named runner-up at competition any way.

On Summer's birthday in June 2008 May Wright (Amanda Drew) returns to Walford, intent on kidnapping Summer from her family. May was married to Summer's father, Rob, when she was conceived during an affair Rob had with Dawn. May, who is unable to have children, has never quite gotten over it. Upon seeing Summer in fake tan, May brands Dawn a terrible mother before attacking her and her brother Mickey (Joe Swash) and then trying to make her escape with Summer, whom she calls Sophie. However, Mickey rescues Summer and locks May out of the bedroom, leaving May trying to break down the door, screaming "Sophie". Devastated, May goes down to the kitchen and commits suicide by blowing the house up. Mickey then tries to throw Summer out the window but he drops her when he passes out and Jase catches her. Summer was declared healthy once checked on by doctors. In July 2008, it is revealed that Jase has adopted Summer, (Dawn had left the father section of Summer's birth certificate blank).

More tragedy strikes for Summer's family when Jase is murdered on 26 August 2008 by members of a gang he used to be in. Being in Walford after the murder proves too much for Dawn and at the beginning of September she and Summer go to live with their family in the Cotswolds. Dawn returns to Walford on 6 October for Jase's funeral, but is adamant that she is returning to the Cotswolds in order to build a new life there with her daughter. However, after much persuasion from Garry, Dawn decides to stay in Walford and two weeks later, she and Summer move in with Garry and his flatmates Minty Peterson (Cliff Parisi) and Callum Monks (Elliott Jordan). Dawn and Garry start a relationship, but Dawn embarks on an affair with her boss Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden). However, after this is revealed to Garry he decides to give Dawn another chance, and they leave Walford together with Summer, sailing on a boat.

Kenny Morris[edit]

Kenny Morris
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ryan Philpott
Duration 2007–09, 2011
First appearance 25 June 2007
Last appearance 6 October 2011
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Police officer

Kenny Morris, played by Ryan Philpott, is a police officer who is originally introduced as a police constable, but later becomes a sergeant. He is first seen as an associate of Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), who Ian gives free food to in his café, in return for an occasional police presence. He is later called to Shirley Carter's (Linda Henry) flat when a party is getting out of hand. He breaks up a fight and is almost hit by Shirley, however, he ends up staying the night and having sex with her.

He later appears in September 2007, after Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) is attacked by Craig Dixon (Rory Jennings), and Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin) and Deano Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) try to frame Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) for the crime. In November 2007, Kevin Wicks (Phil Daniels) unknowingly sells Morris a stolen car. When Darren Miller (Charlie G. Hawkins) tells Kevin that the car is stolen and that Morris is a police officer, they steal the car from Morris and set it on fire. In October 2008, Morris visits Stacey Slater's (Lacey Turner) stall after Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) calls the market inspector about her selling stolen clothes. He later appears when Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon) accuses Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) of trying to set fire to her house. He appears again when Max Branning (Jake Wood) calls the police following a faked burglary at his home. On 12 January 2009, Morris appears when him and a colleague find Danielle Jones (Lauren Crace) sleeping rough on Albert Square.

On 15 January 2009 he appears when the police receive complaints of a protest outside Gilly's Massage Parlour. On 7 January 2011 he visits Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) after his son Ben (Joshua Pascoe) has been accused of pushing Glenda Mitchell (Glynis Barber) down her stairs. Morris later visits Glenda to take a statement from her.[11] He visits Phil again in October 2011, after his car is vandalised with graffiti. Phil demands a crime reference number from Morris who mocks Phil along with his colleague.

Heather Trott[edit]

Main article: Heather Trott

Heather Trott, played by Cheryl Fergison, is first introduced as a guest character, but later becomes a regular. The sidekick of character Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), most of Heather's storylines involve comedy, and Fergison won the 'Funniest Performance' award at the 2008 Inside Soap Awards. Heather's character is known for her headbands, love of cheese and karaoke, and being a fan of singer George Michael. In 2009, Heather is involved in a whodunnit-style storyline when she becomes pregnant by an unknown man. Several characters are possibilities, and the father, teenager Darren Miller (Charlie G. Hawkins) is revealed after the baby, George Trott, is born.

Charity Kase[edit]

Charity Kase
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Morgan Crowley
Duration 2007, 2009
First appearance 9 July 2007
Last appearance 24 November 2009
Profile
Occupation Drag artist

Karl "Charity Kase", played by Morgan Crowley, is an Irish drag act employed by Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) for a night in The Queen Victoria public house. He sings "Big Spender" to Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) and Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements), makes Bradley go up on stage and repeat his proposal to Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) in front of the audience, and sings a duet with barmaid Shirley Carter (Linda Henry). After being told by Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky), he dresses up Deano Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) and makes a fool of him.

He later appears when Shirley is in Brighton with her best friend Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison) and they run into him. He offers them a lift back to Walford because their car has been clamped.

In 2009, Kim Fox (Tameka Empson) books him for her sister Denise Wicks' (Diane Parish) wedding to Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet).

Zainab Masood[edit]

Main article: Zainab Masood

Zainab Masood, played by Nina Wadia, is first seen as the owner of Walford Post Office, and employer of Denise Wicks (Diane Parish). Zainab is the mother of Shabnam (Zahra Ahmadi), Tamwar (Himesh Patel) and Syed Masood (Marc Elliott), and is the wife of Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra). Zainab and Masood stay strong through various family difficulties, and Zainab gives birth to another son, Kamil in 2010, but their joy is short-lived as Syed soon admits that he is gay. When Zainab's ex-husband Yusef Khan (Ace Bhatti) arrives, this ultimately leads to her divorcing Masood, and she later remarries Yusef. He abuses her and is killed, leaving her a widow.

Shabnam Masood[edit]

Main article: Shabnam Masood

Shabnam Masood, played by Zahra Ahmadi, is the daughter of Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia) and Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra), and the sister of Tamwar (Himesh Patel) and Syed Masood (Marc Elliott). A university graduate, she has not yet decided what career path she wants to follow and works in her parents' posy office in the meantime. She has aspirations to travel and makes secret plans to leave Walford, but she is forced to rethink when she discovers her parents are having financial difficulties. Shabnam struggles with the clash between her family's traditional Muslim culture and modern British life, and after her mother catches her poledancing in a club, Shabnam starts to feel confused about where she belongs. In 2014, Shabnam returned to Walford, this time played by Rakhee Thakrar.

Myra Sim[edit]

Myra Sim
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Naomi Ryan
Duration 2007, 2009
First appearance 17 July 2007
Last appearance 28 December 2009
Profile
Occupation Police officer

Police Constable Myra Sim, played by Naomi Ryan, is a police officer who investigates Wellard's kidnapping. She speaks to Mickey Miller (Joe Swash) and Gus Smith (Mohammed George), and finds the recently departed Li Chong's (Elaine Tan) stash of dodgy mobile phones. Mickey asks her not to tell Gus about the phones, which she does not. When Bert Atkinson (Dave Hill) later plasters posters of Wellard around Walford, she deals with a complaint about them, telling Gus to take them down or he will be fined.

She appears again on 26 and 28 December 2009 following the murder of Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb),[12] questioning Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements) and Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner). She is also present at the police station and takes Ronnie Mitchell's (Samantha Womack) clothes from her for forensic analysis after she is arrested for the murder.

Jase Dyer[edit]

Main article: Jase Dyer

Jase Dyer, played by Stephen Lord, is the father of Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick). He arrives in Walford to reunite with his estranged son. Jase quickly bonds with Jay, and soon replaces Bert Atkinson (Dave Hill) as his guardian. It is revealed that Jase used to be in a gang of football hooligans led by Terry Bates (Nicholas Ball), and his involvement led to him spending time in prison. After a brief fling with Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons), Jase starts a relationship with Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon) and becomes engaged to her. However Jase finds his gang-related past hard to break free from.

Roxy Mitchell[edit]

Main article: Roxy Mitchell

Roxy Mitchell, played by Rita Simons, arrives in Walford with her sister Ronnie (Samantha Womack). Described as the "fire", as opposed to Ronnie's "ice",[1]

Ronnie Mitchell[edit]

Main article: Ronnie Mitchell

Ronnie Mitchell, played by Samantha Womack, arrives in Walford with her sister Roxy (Rita Simons). Described as the "ice", as opposed to Roxy's "fire",[1] Ronnie takes over Scarlet nightclub and forms a relationship with her business partner, Jack Branning, (Scott Maslen). However Ronnie finds it difficult to move on from the years of manipulation and abuse she suffered from her father, Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb).

Craig Dixon[edit]

Craig Dixon
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Rory Jennings
Duration 2007
First appearance 27 July 2007
Last appearance 7 September 2007
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former, guest

Craig Dixon, played by Rory Jennings, arrives in Albert Square for an interview with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), to work in Ian's chip shop. Ian employs Craig, and Craig goes on to secretly date Ian's daughter, Lucy (Melissa Suffield). It is soon revealed that Craig has a gun in the glove compartment of his car. Lauren Branning (Madeline Duggan) invites him and Lucy to her house and they play truth or dare. Craig and Lucy leave when they are interrupted by Lauren's sister, Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald). Craig later dares Lucy to shoplift from the Minute Mart. Craig also has a minor disagreement with Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) when purchasing alcohol from the Minute Mart. Patrick is attacked soon after.

Ian finds out about Lucy and Craig dating from his wife Jane (Laurie Brett) and Lauren at a party. Ian rushes to find Lucy and Max Branning (Jake Wood) offers to help. Ian and Max find Lucy and Craig in bed at Craig's flat. Craig is warned by Max whilst Lucy is told to button her top and get out. The next day after taking Lucy home, Ian reports the incident to the police and Craig is cautioned, much to Ian's annoyance. He visits Craig and gives him £300 to leave his daughter alone. Lucy and Craig later meet in secret. It is later revealed that it was Craig who attacked Patrick. A tape discovered by Kevin Wicks (Phil Daniels), shows him hitting Patrick over the head. Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky), who had also disagreed with Patrick, is charged with the crime. On the same day, it is revealed that Craig and Lucy have got back together. When Lucy plays truant, she goes to see Craig and gets into his car, almost discovering his gun, but he stops her by saying there is a wasp in her hair and quickly changes the subject.

On 6 September, Craig and Lucy run away to a hotel. When Craig comes out of the shower topless, he makes it clear that he wants to have sex but she throws her drink on him and locks herself in the bathroom. She phones Ian on her mobile but her family have gone looking for her so they never get the call. She leaves a message but it is cut short when her battery runs out. She persuades Craig to leave the hotel by saying they will steal money from Ian. Lucy runs to her father, pretending to cry, and tells the police that Craig attacked Patrick. Craig is arrested for attempted murder and is not seen again, resulting in Sean's freedom. However, Craig hides his gun in Lucy's bag. Steven (Aaron Sidwell), Lucy's half-brother, later attempts to use the gun to shoot himself but instead wounds Jane.

Rainie Cross[edit]

Main article: Rainie Cross

Rainie Cross, played by Tanya Franks, is the drug-addicted sister of Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner). As of April 2011, she has had four separate stints in the series, in 2007 (two episodes), 2008 (four episodes), 2010, and 2011 onwards. Rainie has been called "troublesome"[13] and "troubled".[14] Franks said that Rainie would be "unlikely to return without stirring up a bit of trouble".[15] Her most notable storyline is one of getting Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) addicted to the drug crack cocaine, which Frank said "gets quite dark and dirty".[16] She was given advice from the charity DrugScope on how to act the part and also undertook some of her own research.[16] The storyline attracted several complaints.[17][18][19]

Ellen Dunn[edit]

Ellen Dunn
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Phillipa Peak
First appearance 7 August 2007
Last appearance 7 September 2007
Profile
Occupation Police officer

Detective Sergeant Ellen Dunn, played by Phillipa Peak, is the leading officer investigating the attack on Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker). She interrogates Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky), and later interviews Deano Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) when he is attacked after making a statement against Sean. One month later, she leads a team of officers to arrest Deano and Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin) for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Zachary Carson[edit]

Zachary Carson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jonah Russell
First appearance 7 August 2007
Last appearance 13 August 2007
Profile
Occupation Police officer

Detective Constable Zachary Carson, played by Jonah Russell, is one of the police officers investigating the attack on Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker). He collects witness statements from Deano Wicks (Matt Di Angelo) and Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin), who claim they saw Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky) attack Patrick, and later he interviews Patrick when he regains consciousness, distressing him until Denise Wicks (Diane Parish) tells Carson to leave the hospital. He leaves Patrick his card, and Patrick later telephones him and tells him Sean is the culprit. One month later, the police officers arrest Chelsea and Deano after it has been discovered they are perverting the course of justice.

Wayne Hughes[edit]

DC Wayne Hughes
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jamie Treacher
Duration 2007-10
First appearance 17 August 2007
Last appearance 19 February 2010
Profile
Occupation Detective Constable

Detective Constable Wayne Hughes, played by Jamie Treacher, is a police officer who interviews Craig Dixon (Rory Jennings) after he had been caught in bed with the underage Lucy Beale (Melissa Suffield). He returns on 18 March 2008 when Lucy runs away and leaves again on 23 March.

He returns on 28 December 2009 following the murder of Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb). He is the central colleague of DCI Jill Marsden (Sophie Stanton). When a DNA screening begins, Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) pays Hughes a bribe to make the samples disappear. Hughes contacts Jack when his nephew Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements) is about to be arrested. He becomes involved in the chase with Bradley and he watches him fall to his death.

Treacher, who plays the character, is the son of former EastEnders actor Bill Treacher, who played original character Arthur Fowler from 1985 to 1996.

Len Harker[edit]

Len Harker
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Christopher Ellison
First appearance 20 August 2007
Last appearance 24 August 2007
Profile
Occupation Rocking horse maker

Len Harker, played by Christopher Ellison, is a man who unknowingly helps Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) and Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison) to steal a car that Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement) borrowed from Kevin Wicks (Phil Daniels). As Shirley and Heather drives away to Brighton, Pat comes out from the service station and calls out that it is her car, but she slips and breaks her shoe. Len mends her broken shoe, and then offers her a lift to Worthing, where she had been heading for.

After Pat accepts, he drives her to a run-down mental facility where Pat's long-lost sister Joan had been sent sixty years previously. After being refused entry, he helps Pat to break in, where they discover that Joan hadn't died aged 22 as Pat had been told, but had been sent to a different hospital in the 1980s. However, while running from the police, Len drops the paper which reveals which hospital she had been sent to, but he searches the internet and finds the location. He takes Pat there, where they discover that Joan had only died a few years ago, and that she had married in 1963. He takes Pat back to Walford, where he says goodbye to her, giving her his card, looks around, and then drives away. Len isn't heard of again until Christmas Eve 2007, when Pat receives a rocking horse and card from him.

Damian[edit]

Damian
EastEnders character
Portrayed by James Hillier
First appearance 27 August 2007
Last appearance 29 October 2007
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Businessman

Damian, played by James Hillier, is Roxy Mitchell's (Rita Simons) fiancé whom she starts avoiding calls from during her stay in Walford. Roxy tells her sister Ronnie (Samantha Womack) she is going to leave Damian and never go back to Ibiza, but Ronnie warns her to wait until she gets the money out of his business. They then both get into an argument over the situation during which Damian arrives totally unexpectedly at The Queen Victoria pub. Roxy and Ronnie then trick him into believing Roxy's new boyfriend is Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and she is pregnant with Ian's baby. Roxy even kisses Ian to prove she loves him with all her heart in front of Damian. Damian then leaves to go back to Ibiza.

Two months later, Damian returns to Walford to be with Roxy, who pretends that she had a miscarriage. Roxy tries not to let him know that she is using him only for the money to help Peggy pay off her £40,000 debts and the funds for her and Ronnie's future ownership of the Scarlet nightclub. On 29 October, Damian attacks Ian in the café when he discovers that he and Roxy were never even in love, and then gets himself arrested by Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) when he "hits" Ronnie (this is set up by Ronnie, when she makes it look like he was sexually assaulting her). Damian then realises that Roxy doesn't really love him, but is using him to get the money he owes her. This is the last time he is seen.

Queenie Trott[edit]

Queenie Trott
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Judy Cornwell
Duration 2007–08
First appearance 25 September 2007
Last appearance 24 April 2008
Classification Former; recurring

Queenie Trott, played by Judy Cornwell, is the mother of Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison). Queenie is a controlling woman, who regularly taunts, insults and demeans her daughter, always calling her by the name "Pig". When Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) asks Heather to move out of her mother's flat and into hers, Queenie manipulates Heather into staying by pretending to have an accident. Heather is so concerned for her mother's safety that she decides not to move out, but she later hears Queenie laughing about her deception to a friend on the phone. Heather is so angry that she decides to move in with Shirley after all, only to find that Shirley has been evicted as she'd failed to pay the rent. Not wanting to remain living with her spiteful mother, Heather decides to pay the rent with money she has in her savings account. When she sneaks back to Queenie's to find her savings book however, she discovers that her mother has stolen most of her money.

Queenie arrives on Heather's doorstep on 16 March 2008 to meet her new fiancé, Minty Peterson (Cliff Parisi). When she discovers that Heather is pretending to be Hazel Hobbs (Kika Mirylees) so they can win a wedding competition is a magazine, Queenie blackmails Minty and Heather, saying she will not leave unless they give her their winnings from the competition. Heather reveals to Minty that Queenie had told her that her father walked out on them because he hated living with Heather. Minty then encourages Heather to stand up to Queenie, which she does, prompting Queenie to leave. Queenie later tries to stop Minty and Heather's wedding, revealing Heather's true identity to Marni (Lisa Ellis) from the magazine. Heather marries Minty anyway and later berates Queenie for trying to ruin her happiness, and Queenie leaves.

Queenie is mentioned in October 2009, When Heather gave birth to a baby boy named George in October 2009, she phones Queenie to let her know that she is a grandmother, but is unsurprisingly let down by her mother response. In 2011, Heather tries to visit Queenie but a neighbour tells her that Queenie moved to Eastbourne a few years ago, and that she isn't worth looking for. When Heather is murdered in 2012, Queenie does not attend her funeral.

Tamwar Masood[edit]

Main article: Tamwar Masood

Tamwar Masood, played by Himesh Patel is the son of Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia) and Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra), and the brother of Shabnam (Zahra Ahmadi; Rakhee Thakrar) and Syed Masood (Marc Elliott). Tamwar works hard on his studies to please his parents, but he fails to achieve the grades he needs for his place at university. At his brother Syed's wedding to Amira Shah (Preeya Kalidas), Tamwar meets Afia Khan (Meryl Fernandes) and they kiss. Later in 2010, Tamwar meets Afia again and they begin dating, leading to a marriage. This is despite Afia's father, Yusef Khan (Ace Bhatti), being Zainab's ex-husband. However, the various dramas between the two families, including Yusef physically abusing Zainab, ultimately lead to Afia divorcing Tamwar.

Brendan Hughes[edit]

Brendan Hughes
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Tim Hudson
First appearance 1 October 2007
Last appearance 9 October 2007
Profile
Occupation Lawyer

Brendan Hughes, played by Tim Hudson, is the lawyer of Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin) and Deano Wicks (Matt Di Angelo). He represents them in court after they are charged with falsifying evidence in a police enquiry. Despite Mr Hughes' plea for lenience, Deano and Chelsea are sentenced to 6 months in prison.

Vinnie Monks[edit]

Main article: Vinnie Monks

Vinnie Monks, played by Bobby Davro, meets Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) after he hits her with his car. Vinnie and Shirley soon enter a relationship, but Shirley finds herself more in love with Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and less in love with Vinnie. After she forgets his birthday, Vinnie finally confronts her, resulting in Shirley revealing her true feelings for Phil. They split, but Vinnie is soon joined by his son, Callum (Elliott Jordan). When an old friend offers him the chance to travel across the world in a vintage car, Vinnie accepts the offer, but is unsure whether he should take his ex-girlfriend, Shirley.

Masood Ahmed[edit]

Main article: Masood Ahmed

Masood Ahmed, played by Nitin Ganatra, is the husband of Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia), and the father of Shabnam (Zahra Ahmadi), Tamwar (Himesh Patel) and Syed Masood (Marc Elliott). Masood appears as the local postman, and moves to Albert Square with his family..

Bird Meadows[edit]

Bird Meadows
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Brett Fancy
Duration 2007, 2009
First appearance 22 October 2007
Last appearance 29 May 2009
Classification Previous; recurring
Profile
Occupation Gangster

Liam "Bird" Meadows, played by Brett Fancy, is a member of Terry Bates's (Nicholas Ball) gang of football hooligans. He catches up with Jase Dyer (Stephen Lord), a former member of the gang, in Walford and attempts to recruit him back into the gang. When Jase refuses, Bird helps Terry and the gang to arrange a car crash for Dee (Steve Chaplin), the man who had sent Jase to prison. When this fails to win Jase back, the gang raid The Queen Victoria pub looking for him. In May 2009 he returns during Terry's trial,[20] though he is arrested for assaulting Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) and holding Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) hostage.

Terry Bates[edit]

Terry Bates
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Nicholas Ball
Duration 2007–09
First appearance 25 October 2007
Last appearance 29 May 2009
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Gangster

Terry Bates, played by Nicholas Ball, is the leader of a football firm, including Bird Meadows (Brett Fancy), Dee (Steve Chaplin), and formerly Jase Dyer (Stephen Lord). Jase had arrived in London from Manchester aged 15, and Terry took him under his wing. After Dee told the police about Jase's unruly behaviour, Jase went to prison and came out a changed man, caring for his son Jay. In October 2007, Terry sends Bird to find Jase in Walford, and Jase meets the gang at a pub. The gang later turn on Dee when they find out he had told the police about Jase, and arrange for his car to crash, injuring him severely. Jase expresses his wish to have no part in the gang, so Terry visits Jay while Jase is out, taking him to see a firework display. Jase later finds Terry in a snooker hall, and again says that he wants no further involvement with the gang. After playing a game of snooker with Jase, Terry lets him go home, watching him menacingly as he leaves.

Later, Terry decides to storm the The Queen Victoria pub with a large group of hitmen, believing Jase is there on a date with Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon). Not finding him, Terry's gang smash the place up, and attack Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons), Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack), Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor), Keith Miller (David Spinx), Mickey Miller (Joe Swash), Darren Miller (Charlie G. Hawkins), Garry Hobbs (Ricky Groves), Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) and Yolande Trueman (Angela Wynter). He confronts Jase in the cellar and one of his gang members attack Jase, knocking a pregnant Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton) down into some empty beer kegs, (who is then rushed to hospital by Jase). Terry later leaves the area with his gang members. Terry arrives at the hospital, then later visits Jase's flat and turns Jay against Jase. After an encounter with Jase and Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) lying about William Mitchell's (Toby Warpole) 'death', Terry and Bird are arrested.

He returns to Walford on 25 July 2008, after Jase, desperate for money, agrees to work for him again. Terry reappears in August, where he makes plans for Jase to get some of his money back for him. It turns out that Jase has been stealing from him, and Terry, in retaliation, sets Jase up, then returns to his flat and holds Jay hostage. Jase and Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) rush to the rescue. A confrontation ensues where Billy managed to get Jay out of the flat to safety in Jase's van. Terry has his men beat Jase to the brink of death. After Jay makes a frantic call to Honey, armed CO19 officers storm 89 George Street and arrest Terry, his men and Billy, who had been hiding in the bathroom after seeing the gang standing over Jase and was too frightened to try to save him. Jase later dies in hospital.

Terry returns in May 2009 during his trial. He gets his wife Viv Bates (Dido Miles) to threaten Billy saying she will hurt Jay if he does go to the trial to testify. When his name is still on the witness list, Viv sends Bird and two other hitmen to hold Jay hostage. However, Terry is found guilty of Jase's murder so Viv leaves him, throwing her wedding ring at him. He then says he will have revenge on her.

Dee[edit]

Dee
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Steve Chaplin
First appearance 25 October 2007
Last appearance 8 November 2007
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; recurring

Dee, played by Steve Chaplin, is a member of Terry Bates' (Nicholas Ball) hooligan firm alongside Terry, Bird Meadows (Brett Fancy) and Jase Dyer (Stephen Lord). It is revealed that Dee was the one who informed on Jase to the police, resulting in Jase being sent to prison. Terry and his firm arrange a car crash for Dee, which leaves him severely injured.

Jack Branning[edit]

Main article: Jack Branning

Jack Branning, played by Scott Maslen, is the son of Jim Branning (John Bardon) and brother of Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) and Max Branning (Jake Wood). Soon after his arrival in Walford Jack begins an on-off relationship with Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack), but he betrays her by having sex with her sister Roxy (Rita Simons), and getting her pregnant. Jack also has a brief fling with Sam Mitchell (Danniella Westbrook), resulting in another baby. He goes on to reunite with Ronnie, however their child, James dies of sudden infant death syndrome. Jack then has a relationship with Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean), but he jilts her moments before they are due to marry.

William Mitchell[edit]

William Mitchell
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Toby Walpole
Duration 2007–2008, 2010-2011, 2012, 2014
First appearance 13 November 2007
Last appearance 6 June 2014
Created by Diederick Santer
Introduced by Diederick Santer (2007, 2010)
Bryan Kirkwood (2011, 2012)
Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2014)
Spin-off
appearances
Billy's Olympic Nightmare (2012)
Classification Former; recurring

William Mitchell, played by Toby Walpole,[21] is the son of Billy (Perry Fenwick) and Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton).[22]

On 20 March 2007, Honey finds out she is pregnant again and tells Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement), but asks her not to tell Billy. Pat persuades Honey to tell him, but he is distant initially. He soon comes round, following a heart to heart, and admits to being concerned, like Honey, that they would love the new baby more than their daughter Janet (Grace) if it did not have Down's syndrome, which Janet has. Honey reassures him it will not happen. After this, the couple agree they want the baby and gradually tell their families. On the due date, Honey is knocked over during an incident at The Queen Victoria involving Jase Dyer (Stephen Lord), Terry Bates (Nicholas Ball) and Terry's gang of football hooligans, and she goes into labour. When the baby is born, it seems that he is stillborn because he is not breathing but he pulls through. Honey wants to name him after his father and feels guilty about being happy that he does not have Down's syndrome.

William leaves Walford with Honey and Janet on 2 September 2008 when Billy lies about giving Jase's money to charity, which had led to his death. It is revealed a few days later that they are living with William's grandfather Jack Edwards (Nicky Henson). On 18 September 2008, Janet and William return when Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) wants a family photo taken. On 25 December 2008, he and Janet return again for Christmas but are not seen on-screen. In April 2009, when it is revealed that William is ill, Billy goes to see him, leaving his family, who are torn apart by the true identity of Danielle Jones (Lauren Crace) and her subsequent death, to see William. William reappears the following month, along with Janet, for Billy's 50th birthday party. In December, Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb) and Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks), convince Honey to allow Billy to have William and Janet for Christmas in return for him keeping quiet about their plotting against the Mitchells. In May 2010, Billy has trouble telling William and Janet that Honey has been involved in a car crash and that Jack has died. William appears again in May 2011 when he meets Billy's girlfriend Julie Perkins (Cathy Murphy) for the first time as they play in the local park. In June, he visits Billy on Father's Day and in July, William and Janet meet their niece Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) off-screen for the first time.

In July 2012, William and Janet make an appearance in the spin-off episode Billy's Olympic Nightmare. During the live segment at the end of the second episode of 23 July 2012, William returns to the Square to watch his father take part in the Olympic Torch relay.

William returned on 24 February 2014, with Janet, to stay with their father. Lola's boyfriend Peter Beale (Thomas Law), feels squeezed out by this as the flat is overcrowded. Peter also asks his father Ian (Adam Woodyatt) to give Billy a job in his fish and chip shop, so Billy can provide for his children.

In May 2014, William returns again along with Janet and their mother. Billy and Honey take the children out for the day and Billy believes Honey wants to reconcile with him, but she reveals that William has been offered a modeling job in Canada and she plans to move there with the children. She explains that she wanted Billy to be able to spend as much time with the children as he could before they left. Billy is outraged by this, even more so when he discovers that William's contract lasts for a year. Billy burns Janet's passport and pleads with Honey not to take the children but Honey is adamant and refuses to change her mind. She allows the children to stay with Billy until their departure. Billy decides to flee with William and Janet and stays the night at a hotel, with the intention of going to stay with Garry Hobbs (Ricky Groves). Billy's second cousin Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick), track Billy down and convince him to return to Walford with the children. Honey finds out what Billy had been planning to do and she decides to let Janet stay with him whilst she is in Canada with William. Billy is satisfied with this solution, and after bidding farewell to his father, William leaves for Canada with his mother.

Reception[edit]

The scenes in which Honey was attacked were subject to heavy criticism, with Ofcom receiving 78 complaints from viewers about the level of violence displayed, and concerns for the safety of her baby. The media regulatory body stated that: "In Ofcom's view the violence was not appropriately limited for this time of the evening when many children are available to view television."[23] EastEnders was found to have breached the broadcasting code on this occasion, though the BBC defended itself by stating that there had been a gradual buildup to the event over several episodes, and that a content warning was aired prior to the episode's broadcast.[24]

Jamie Stewart[edit]

Jamie Stewart
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Edward MacLiam
Duration 2007–09
First appearance 29 November 2007
Last appearance 21 July 2009
Profile
Occupation Doctor

Doctor Jamie Stewart, played by Edward MacLiam, is an Irish doctor at Walford General Hospital who helps Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) when she sprains her wrist. He flirts with Ronnie's sister, Roxy (Rita Simons), who invites him to attend the opening of their new nightclub, R&R - which he attends on 30 November.

He reappears in May 2008 when Roxy has to go to hospital after fainting. Jamie gives Roxy his number. He later meets up with her at the The Queen Victoria pub, though he is interrupted when his ex-wife Laura (Jessica Regan) arrives and asks him to look after their son, Felix (Oaklee Pendergast). Roxy gets on well with Felix, but when she faints again and finds out that she is pregnant, Jamie tells her that he cannot commit to a relationship with her, as he is already preoccupied with Felix.

In 2009, he treats Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) after she fell and cut her head.

Bernadette Logan[edit]

Bernadette Logan
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Olivia Grant
Duration 2007–08
First appearance 10 December 2007
Last appearance 24 June 2008

Bernadette Logan, played by Olivia Grant, is a pupil in Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald) and Ben Mitchell's (Charlie Jones) school year. She is first seen when she takes part in Dot Branning (June Brown) and Yolande Trueman's (Angela Wynter) 2007 nativity play. Abi is jealous of her as Bernadette is playing Mary. After Abi tries to sabotage Bernadette to gain the role of Mary, she is demoted from narrator to the role of the donkey.

Bernadette later appears at Abi's twelfth birthday party in June 2008, when she teases Abi about having a childish party, but they later become friends. In September 2008, Abi tells her father Max (Jake Wood) that she'd confided in Bernadette about her mother Tanya's (Jo Joyner) relationship with Max's brother Jack (Scott Maslen), and Bernadette had been calling Tanya a "scrubber". Max tells Abi to stand up to Bernadette, and it is revealed that Abi had assaulted Bernadette (off-screen) and been suspended from school for four days.

Oscar Branning[edit]

Oscar Branning
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Gabriel Miller-Williams (2007–08)
Charlee and Neo Hall (2008-)
Duration 2007–
First appearance 14 December 2007
Created by Diederick Santer
Classification Present; recurring

Oscar Branning, played by Gabriel Miller-Williams until 2008, and Charlee and Neo Hall since 2008, is the son of Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner) and Max Branning (Jake Wood) and is born onscreen on 14 December 2007, being delivered by his father,[25] because it was too late for Tanya to go to hospital. The midwife is not present so Max has to follow her instructions over the phone. Oscar is named by his sister Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald),[25] although Max is not keen with the name. Tanya later asks Jane Beale (Laurie Brett) to be godmother and she accepts. In March 2008, it is revealed that every time Tanya looks at Oscar, it reminds her of when Max had an affair with Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner). In December 2009, Tanya moves out with Oscar and his eldest sister Lauren (Madeline Duggan), after discovering that Max has been hiding his financial problems.

In January 2011, Tanya moves back to the square with Oscar and her new fiancé Greg Jessop (Stefan Booth), and rents Roxy Mitchell's (Rita Simons) house. Oscar is seen again at Tanya and Greg's wedding in April 2011, where he walks down the aisle with his mother. Whilst in the care of Tanya's mother, Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell), Oscar suffers a fall whilst playing but only suffers minor injuries.

In September 2012, Oscar starts Walford Primary School and becomes friends with Dennis Rickman Jr. (Harry Hickles) as Tanya and Dennis's mother, Sharon (Letitia Dean) feud. After Sharon and Tanya later become friends, Dennis befriends Oscar.

In June 2013, Oscar leaves Walford along with his mother and Lauren (now Jacqueline Jossa), to move to Exeter where Lauren can attend an alcoholic rehabilitation centre. Lauren returns to Walford in August 2013, and reveals that Tanya and Oscar are now living in Exeter.

Oscar returns on 8 April 2014, when Tanya allows him to stay with Max whilst she is on a night out in London. Abi collects him and brings him to Max in the café as a surprise and Lauren and Abi take him bowling, but Max pulls out and chooses to meet up with his secret lover Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater).

On 5 May, Oscar visits again, a few weeks after Lucy's murder, and plays with Abi and her boyfriend Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick). Lauren, who was Lucy's friend, is upset by this and is angry that everyone is carrying on as normal and ignoring the fact that Lucy is dead.

Development[edit]

Oscar is originally played by Gabriel Miller-Williams. In 2008, Miller-Williams was fired as the BBC were cutting costs, and it cost £300 a day to transport him to the set from his home in Leigh-on-Sea. His mother, Claire, said she was going to sue the BBC as she only found out he was sacked after a taxi failed to pick him up. She said, "It's a disgusting way to treat people. We still haven't had a call explaining why he was sacked. I've sent his contract to solicitors to investigate legal action." A BBC spokesperson said, "We're looking to hire local babies as we watch costs." They also said Miller-Williams' agent had been informed.[26] The BBC later issued a statement saying, "It is not unusual for babies to be recast several times in continuing drama series such as EastEnders. In this instance the decision to recast at this time was in part due to Gabriel's travelling costs. As the BBC strives to deliver value for money across all its productions, travel costs are a factor that must be considered."[27]

Gaynor Lucas[edit]

Gaynor Lucas
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Kathleen Frazer
Duration 2007–14
First appearance December 2007
Last appearance January 2014
Created by Diederick Santer
Classification Former; extra
Profile
Occupation Beautician

Gaynor Lucas[28] played by Kathleen Frazer, is an old friend of Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner), who works in Tanya's beauty salon Booty. On 24 February 2009, Gaynor appears as part of an iconic episode of EastEnders featuring only black members of the cast. Gaynor arranges with Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin) before they finish work to meet in The Queen Victoria public house for a drink. Theo Kelly (Rolan Bell) uses her to get Chelsea to come to the pub so he can speak to her. This episode marks her first credited appearance and first main speaking part.

Booty closes down in late 2009, so Gaynor loses her job. Gaynor works as a makeup artist for Denise Fox's (Diane Parish) wedding, to Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet). In February 2010 she gives out beauty treatments at Bianca Jackson's (Patsy Palmer) hen party. Gaynor resumes her old job when Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons) reopens the beauty salon as Roxy's. When Roxy faces financial difficulties, Roxy sells the salon back to Tanya, and Gaynor continues working there. Tanya sells the salon to Sadie Young (Kate Magowan) in 2013, and Gaynor continues as an employee. Sadie leaves and sells the Salon, and Gaynor stops appearing round about this point as she does not have a job anymore.

Others[edit]

Character Date(s) Actor Circumstances
DS Grimwood 1 January,
11 October 2008,
11 September 2009
Steve Hansell A police officer investigating Pauline Fowler's murder. In October 2008 he investigates Max Branning's attempted murder case. In September 2009 he searches for Sam Mitchell who becomes fugitive for the murder of Den Watts.
Adam Childe 8 January Matthew Ashforde A duty solicitor who is assigned to represent Sonia Fowler when she is arrested on suspicion of the murder of her ex-mother-in-law, Pauline. He is nervous, and Sonia is relieved when Phil Mitchell pays for Ritchie Scott to represent her instead of Adam.
Dermot 11 January,
12–15 May 2009
Scott Mean A man who comes onto Stacey Slater, but is beaten up by her brother Sean. In 2009 he and Stacey have sex together.
Ellie 11 January–8 May Hazel Holder A nurse at Walford General Hospital. She appears when May Wright pushes Dawn Swann down some steps.
Jonathan 15 January Iain Stirland
Jenny 15 January Hattie Ladbury
Dr Newton 16–18 January Rebecca Sarker
Maddy 16–18 January Annabel Scholey Naomi Julien's mortgage adviser.
Mr Rogers 29–30 January Alan Perrin
Andy Henderson 5–15 February,
4–17 December 2009,
9 April 2010[29]
Jem Wall A police officer involved in the search for missing Kevin Wicks. In 2009 PC Henderson questions Masood Ahmed about a car crash,[30] and appears again when Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell hold an event at the community centre, to say they do not have a licence. In 2010 he asks Billie Jackson about a witness statement he gave regarding a shooting.
Guy 13 February Andrew French
Anna Price 15–16 February Mandana Jones A marriage counsellor who sees Max and Tanya Branning.[31]
Jed 9 March Burn Gorman A man who had been left on Dungeness beach whilst on his stag party. Kevin Wicks meets him and Jed tells him that he is getting married next week and has a daughter, but that he is a bad father. Kevin tells him to sort out his life, but Jed steals Kevin's bag and ferry ticket to France, and gets on a bus. Kevin follows the bus, but when he catches up with it he discovers it has been involved in an accident. Jed appears with blood pouring down his face and falls to the floor. Kevin then holds him as he dies.
Carl Talbot 20 March David Fox A bailiff who is sent to claim money from Billy Mitchell. After a confrontation with Billy's relative Phil, Billy is forced to give Talbot money from the Video shop he is working in.
Nadezhda 27–29 March Irina Diva A Bulgarian woman brought in to work at the Launderette. Dot Branning berates her for booking too many service washes, so she throws a tantrum, jumping on the laundry.[32]
Danny Fuller 5 April–30 August Gyuri Sarossy A man who rents 55 Victoria Road from Ian Beale for himself, his wife Jess and their family. When Phil Mitchell tells them of the crime around Walford, Danny barters with Ian, demanding that he reduce the rent price by 30%. Ian later accepts this. Danny later informs The Beales that his family are leaving Walford as his daughter secured a place at a private school.
Jess Fuller 5 April The wife of Danny. They rent 55 Victoria Road from Ian Beale.
Vince Franks 6 April Jamie Kenna The father of school bully Jez Franks. Phil Mitchell approaches Vince about Jez bullying his son, Ben. Vince seems sceptical about his son's bullying, so Phil punches him, threatening to attack him again if Jez doesn't leave Ben alone.
Mary Lavender 9 April Regina Freedman A vicar for the church that Dot Branning used to attend with her friend, Margot Baker. When Dot and her husband Jim visit Kent, Dot visits the church and Reverend Lavender informs her that Margot had died two weeks previously. Later, A young refugee named Anya Covalenco leaves her son Tomas in the church for Reverend Lavender to take in, but Dot takes him back to Walford because Mary is on holiday.
Douglas Baker 9 April Paul Kaye A former vicar who has lost his faith in God. His mother, Margot, was friends with Dot Branning, and he was also a former playmate of Dot's son Nick, until Nick put a frog down his trousers. Margot died in March 2007, and Douglas is clearing out her house when Dot visits him. They argue about religion, and Dot reminds Douglas of his mother. He tells Dot he is glad his mother is dead, and says that Nick will feel the same when she dies.
Paul Jenkins 13 April Simon Quarterman An immigration official, acting on a tip-off from Jim Branning, who searches 25 Albert Square for illegal immigrant Anya Covalenco. When Jim's wife Dot returns home, after hiding Anya, she asks him to leave. He later follows Jim, Dot and Anya to a church, where he brands Dot a "religious nut", and is told to back off by his superior, Warren Rice. He later takes Anya away when she gives herself up, not knowing she has left her son Tomas with Jim and Dot.
Warren Rice 13 April Ewan Bailey A senior immigration official, acting on a tip-off from Jim Branning, who follows Jim, his wife Dot and illegal immigrant Anya to a church, where he berates his junior, Paul Jenkins when he brands Dot a "religious nut". He then explains to Dot that under British law, churches are not a sanctuary.
Jimbo Wicks 23 April 2007, 16 May 2014 Lloyd Richards[33] Jimbo is the son of Kevin Wicks and Shirley Carter who died several years earlier of cystic fibrosis. He is seen only in an old home movie along with his younger sister, Carly Wicks.
Sergeant Lewis 26 April 2007–
31 May 2013[34]
(9 episodes)
Andy Greenhalgh A police desk sergeant. He first appears when Shirley Carter and Pat Evans are arrested for fighting, and then when Rob Minter was arrested for hitting May Wright. In 2009 he is seen again when Lauren Branning admits to Max's attempted murder, and appears later when Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell are arrested.[35] In 2010 Sergeant Lewis is present when Peggy Mitchell visits Danny Mitchell at the station after he is arrested for fighting.[36] In 2012 he appears when Ben Mitchell confesses to Heather Trott's murder, and in 2013 when Lauren Branning is arrested for assaulting Lucy Beale.
Natasha Powell 7–8 June Natasha Gordon A social worker who arrives to collect Tomas Covalenco from Dot and Jim Branning's house, after Dot phoned Social Services and told them that Tomas was the baby of an illegal immigrant, Anya.
Marion Crawford 29 June Ann Firbank The mother of Stella who appears when Stella and her fiancé Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) visit Marion and her husband Edward to announce their engagement. While Phil is out of the room, Marion tells Stella that she shouldn't be left alone with Phil's son Ben, and blames her for the death of her other daughter, Catherine. Later Marion and Edward reveal to Phil that Catherine had died in Stella's care.
Edward Crawford 29 June David Quilter The father of Stella and husband of Marion, who appears when Stella and her fiancé Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) visit to announce their engagement. Edward hides in a room away from Stella, and when confronted by Phil, he and Marion reveal that they blame Stella for the death of their other daughter, Catherine.
Cheryl Andrews 3 July Charlotte Palmer The wife of Bradley Branning's boss, Tony, who attends a dinner party with Bradley and his girlfriend Stacey Slater. She gets on well with Stacey, and tells her of the merits of being married to a banker.
Sian 13 July Claire Adams A woman who Max Branning flirts with, but it is revealed she is a supplier for his wife, Tanya.
Fin 17 July Danny Alder A vet who tells Abi Branning that her guinea pig, Marge is pregnant.
Jasmine Field 24 July 2007
11–12 February 2010
Karen Ascoe A police officer who, along with her partner PC Tony Webster, interviews Ben Mitchell about the abuse he has received from Stella Crawford. In February 2010[37] she arrests Dot Branning for assaulting her granddaughter Dotty Cotton, but releases her without charge as Dot is Dotty's primary carer.
Tony Webster 24 July 2007 A police officer who, police officer who, along with his partner DC Jasmine Field, interviews Ben Mitchell about the abuse he has received from Stella Crawford.
Alice Lord 2 August Toni Palmer A family friend and of Tanya Branning and her sister Rainie Cross. She appears when Tanya tries to get in contact with Rainie, and tells Tanya that Rainie had many men visiting her flat.
Alan Simon 10–13 August Simon Meacock Sean Slater's duty solicitor when he is accused of attacking Patrick Trueman. He constantly advises Sean that he is allowed to answer "no comment", as Sean is getting irate with police officers in the interview room. He later visits Sean's girlfriend Carly Wicks.
Jo Davis 20 August Jennifer Taylor A receptionist who books Garry Hobbs and Dawn Swann a room in a hotel in Brighton. She is unable to book them a twin room, so books them a double room instead, and assists them in getting a cot for Dawn's baby Summer.
Will Passmore 24 August Patrick Brennan The manager of a care home called Springview, where Pat Evans' sister, Joan, once lived. Pat and her companion Len Harker find the care home, and Will tells them that Joan had died three years ago, but that she had been happily married to a man named Michael and was well liked in the community.
Tamara 3–5 September Helen Coombe Gus Smith's date, twin sister of Tonicha.
Tonicha 3–5 September Rachel Coombe Mickey Miller's date, twin sister of Tamara.
Norman 24 September 2007–
12 March 2008
David Schaal Shirley Carter's landlord whom she humiliates.
Pedro 5 October Joseph Thompson Manager of a gay bar which Carly Wicks worked at. Carly and her brother Deano Wicks lodge at his flat.
Gwen 9 October Rebecca Jo Hanbury Chelsea Fox's cellmate.
Tony Evans 15 October A psychiatrist friend of Ian Beale, who agrees to take Ian's ex-stepson, Steven into his mental hospital.
Felix Riley 22 October John Webber A loan shark who tries to loan money to Peggy Mitchell. When he explains that he would effectively be buying The Queen Victoria pub from her and renting it back to her, Peggy throws him out.
Vicky 8 November Louise Fullerton Dee's wife. She blames Jase Dyer for her husband's injuries.
Raymond Storry 8 November Julien Ball A psychiatrist who works at Tony Evans's mental hospital, who looks after Steven Beale. He tells Steven's grandmother Pat Evans that Steven is ready to leave the hospital, and prescribes him some pills, which Steven later throws away.
Monique 20–23 November Heather Cave Peter Beale's French exchange student who takes a liking to Steven Beale. She leaves the Square when the Beales forbid her from seeing Steven, setting up Peter with Lauren Branning in the process.
Dave Stewart 20 November Vincent Carmichael A colleague of Max Branning who interviews Max's son Bradley for a job as an insurance salesman. Stewart is impressed by Bradley in the interview and offers him the job, but Bradley turns it down as he doesn't feel that it is the right career path for him.

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