List of EastEnders spin-off characters

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The following is a list of fictional characters that appeared in televised spin-offs of the BBC soap opera EastEnders, but have not appeared in EastEnders itself.

Civvy Street[edit]

Albert Beale[edit]

Albert Beale
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Gary Olsen
Book appearances Home Fires Burning,
Swings and Roundabouts
Civvy Street
Occupation Market stallholder (fruit and veg)

Albert William Beale appeared in the 1988 EastEnders spin-off Civvy Street, played by Gary Olsen. He also appeared in the EastEnders novels by Hugh Miller. Albert and his wife Lou moved into 45 Albert Square shortly after their wedding. They had seven children. Their first child, Maggie, was conceived out of wedlock and adopted by an Irish family shortly after she was born. Albert and Lou had four sons (Kenny, Harry, Ronnie and Pete) and two more daughters (Dora and Pauline). Dora, Ronnie and Harry never appeared in the TV series. Albert fought in World War II, and was awarded the War Medal 1939–1945 — which is now in Ian Beale's possession. When Albert died in 1965, Ronnie inherited the stall but discovered he had a fatal heart defect and passed the stall onto Pete. Albert's three grandsons that appeared in the show, Mark Fowler, Ian Beale and Martin Fowler, all have Albert as a middle name.

Harry Beale[edit]

Harry Beale
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Aaron Mason
Book appearances Home Fires Burning,
Swings and Roundabouts
Occupation Hotelier

Harry Beale appears in the 1988 EastEnders spin-off Civvy Street, played by Aaron Mason. He also appears in the EastEnders novels by Hugh Miller. Harry is born to Albert and Louise Beale in 1936, their first legitimate child. He lives with his mother until his twenties, when he moves to Bradford in Yorkshire, and takes a job in a hotel. He is quickly promoted to hotel manager, but struggles to find a girlfriend. He eventually becomes an alcoholic, and regularly turns up to his mother's house in Albert Square, Walford drunk and unruly.

He eventually loses contact with Lou, after his drunken visits get worse. He sends flowers to his family's weddings and funerals.[citation needed]

Ronnie Beale[edit]

Ronnie Beale
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Chase Marks
Book appearances Home Fires Burning,
Swings and Roundabouts
Occupation Market trader

Ronnie Beale appears in the 1988 EastEnders spin-off Civvy Street, played by Chase Marks. He also appears in the EastEnders novels by Hugh Miller. Ronnie is born to Albert and Louise Beale, their third child, and second son. He lives with his mother until he marries a woman named Gail, then he moves into his own flat in Walford. The Beale family business, a fruit and vegetable stall in Bridge Street, is passed on to Ronnie upon the death of his father. In 1964, Ronnie discovers he has a heart condition that will eventually be fatal. He decides to move away from London so his family will not have to watch him die. He passes the stall on to his brother Pete, whom he had taken in after he had been homeless, after leaving his wife Pat. He and Gail move away, and it has been confirmed by the official EastEnders website that he has died since.[1]

Mrs Medeemey[edit]

Mrs Medeemey, played by Avis Bunnage, is the mother of Lou Beale and her siblings. She lives with her and her husband Albert at Number 45 Albert Square during the Second World War.

William Skinner[edit]

William Skinner appears in the 1988 EastEnders spin-off Civvy Street, played by Ian Brimble. William is the late husband of Ethel Skinner. They begin dating during the Second World War and eventually marry. William dies in 1970 but Ethel outlives him by 30 years. They have no children.

The Return of Nick Cotton[edit]

Eddie Newton[edit]

Eddie Newton
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ian Sanders
Duration 2000

Eddie "the Extinguisher" Newton appears in the episode The Return of Nick Cotton, a special spin-off episode dedicated to the character of Nick Cotton (John Altman). He is the brother of Zoe Newton (Tara Ellis) who was once married to Nick Cotton. Nick tracks him down to North London where Eddie is selling extinguishers. Nick asks him for ex-wife Zoe and son Ashley's (Frankie Fitzgerald) whereabouts. Although Eddie is reluctant to tell him about Zoe's whereabouts he eventually reveals where she works when Nick threatens him with one of his extinguishers.

Ricky & Bianca[edit]


EastEnders character
Portrayed by Sally Ann Triplet
Duration 2002

Cassie appears in the two-part episode Ricky & Bianca a special spin-off episode that revolves around the characters Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) and Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer). She is played by Sally Ann Triplet. Cassie is the girlfriend of Ricky and goes along with him to Manchester where Ricky tries to track down his ex-wife Bianca and his son Liam (Gavin and Mitchell Vaughan) to discuss Liam's custody. He then gets caught up with Bianca's problems when she steals money from her drug dealing boss. After he gets her out of trouble he has sex with Bianca. He then reveals he doesn't love Cassie and is still in love with Bianca. He ends his relationship with Cassie and just as it looks like Ricky and Bianca could be getting back together, Cassie manipulates Bianca into believing she and Ricky will never be happy together after all they have been through. Bianca then leaves Liam with Ricky and leaves in a taxi alone. Ricky subsequently returns to Walford and Cassie is not seen again.


EastEnders character
Portrayed by Craig Charles
Duration 2002

Vince appears in the special spin-off episode Ricky & Bianca played by Craig Charles. He is the owner of a nightclub and a drug dealer who employs Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) in his club. Bianca is going through financial difficulties and in desperation she steals money from Vince's office which turns out to be drug money. Bianca's ex-husband Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) gets caught up in the middle of this when he and Bianca are held hostage by Vince when he discovers Bianca stole the money. Eventually Ricky and Bianca escape from him.

Pat and Mo: Ashes to Ashes[edit]

Stan Porter[edit]

Stan Porter
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Sam Kelly
Callum Dixon (flashback)
Duration 2004

Stanley "Stan" Porter is a fictional character in a special episode of the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Sam Kelly in the episode, EastEnders: Pat and Mo, but played by Callum Dixon in flashbacks within the episode.

Stan is born and brought up near Walford with his sister, Mo. He lives near his sister Mo, her husband Jimmy, and Jimmy's sister Pat. He is close with both Jimmy and Pat, and it is even suggested that he may have even had a brief romance with Pat. He is known as a dodgy salesman, once robbing an undertaker's shop for silk used to line coffins, and selling it as fabric to make dresses. Stan is familiar with the Slater family and is close with Charlie Slater. He eventually goes to prison, in Stepney but it is unknown what for.

He attends the planting of a tree in memory of Jimmy Harris, his brother-in-law, after getting out of prison in 2004. He tells a bus driver that he had "done life for murder", but it is unclear whether this is the truth.

Jimmy Harris[edit]

Jimmy Harris
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Alex King (flashback)

James "Jimmy" Harris is a fictional character in a spin-off episode of the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Alex King in flashbacks in the episode, EastEnders: Pat and Mo.

Jimmy leaves school at the age of 15 and the following year goes into the army. He is close with his younger sister Pat and is strongly against her teenage affair with Frank Butcher. During army leave in 1958, he meets and falls in love with Mo Porter, Pat's close friend, who at the time has a six-year-old daughter Viv. After a whirlwind romance, Jimmy proposes to Mo during a walk in the woods, and leaves the army to be with her. At first he is surprised by the news that Mo has a daughter, but quickly he promises Viv and Mo a trip to the beach when he is on leave. They marry in 1959, and have two children, Billy and Jean. Jimmy becomes preoccupied with his family and Pat feels neglected by him; she blames Mo for this and began to resent her. Drinking heavily, Pat turns to prostitution to fund her habit. Concerned, Jimmy diverts his attention back to Pat, leaving a neglected Mo to begin an affair with club owner Tony Cattani, who is also Pat's pimp. Their secret tryst is discovered by Pat, who promptly tells Jimmy, but when Mo denies it, Jimmy disowns Pat.

In the 1970s, Jimmy develops terminal cancer. Determined to make peace with Pat, Jimmy writes her a letter saying that he wants to make amends. He instructs Mo to post it, but she never does, and Jimmy dies in April 1979, aged only 38, without ever reconciling with Pat. Pat is not informed of Jimmy's death or invited to his funeral. In 2004, Mo and Pat attend the planting of a tree in Jimmy's memory to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death.

Viv Slater[edit]

Slaters in Detention[edit]

Slaters in Detention is a 2003 DVD spin-off of EastEnders. The following characters featured:

Character Actor
Kat Slater Jessie Wallace
Little Mo Mitchell Kacey Ainsworth
Lynne Hobbs Elaine Lordan
Zoe Slater Michelle Ryan
Mo Harris Laila Morse
Charlie Slater Derek Martin
Belinda Peacock Leanne Lakey
Sgt. Bob Green David Fleeshman
PC Dennis Cogan Andrew French
PC Jim Sellers Michael Begley

EastEnders: E20[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography of Lou Beale" Official EastEnders website (see Family section), URL last accessed 2006-09-15