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EastEnders cast 2022: Meet the full Walford line-up

From show legends Kathy Beale and Phil Mitchell

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Fans know that the cast of EastEnders is always changing and their fave characters can pop off in the back of black cab (or worse!) at the drop of a hat.

Old favourites return, new ones pop up and quickly become iconic, while others can meet a sorry end or simply stroll off across the Square to Walford tube station.

So we can keep track, here’s the complete list of who’s in EastEnders in 2022.

Believed dead for a long time, Kathy’s return was explosive (Credit: BBC)

Kathy Beale played by Gillian Taylforth

Kathy Beale, played by Gillian Taylforth, is one of EastEnders’ original characters. She was in the show’s first episode, back in 1985.

Mum to Ian Beale and Ben Mitchell, gran to Bobby and Peter, she’s also great-gran to Peter’s son Louie and Ben’s daughter Lexi.

She’s been at the centre of some of Enders’ most iconic storylines including her shocking rape at the hands of James Wilmott-Brown.

Kathy was married to Ian’s dad, Pete Beale but when their marriage broke down in the early 90s, she got together with Phil Mitchell and gave birth to their son, Ben.

Kathy and Phil’s marriage was a rocky one, thanks to his alcoholism, and Kathy eventually left to live in South Africa.

She was killed off-screen in a car accident. But that wasn’t the end of Kathy! Nine years after her ‘death’ she came back to Albert Square.

Since then she’s been quietly getting on with life in Walford, enjoying the occasional romance, and keeping control of her wayward grandsons while their dad is away.

She’s recently been taken in by Rocky, believing him to be Sonia’s dad. But after the big reveal he was a con artist, can Kathy find a way to forgive him?

Kathy has also been left blindsided by the revelation son Ben is off the rails beating up homophobes.

So far she has protected his secret, but for how much longer is she prepared to protect him?

Phil’s one of the Square’s most iconic characters (Credit: BBC)

Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden

The self-titled leader of the Square, Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden, is one of EastEnders’ most iconic characters.

He’s had several wives in his time in Walford, become a father and grandfather, beaten his alcohol problem and survived a crack addiction, several car accidents and being shot.

Phil was at the centre of the famous Sharongate episode when his affair with his brother Grant’s wife Sharon was revealed to the shocked drinkers in The Queen Vic.

The ‘who shot Phil’ mystery became one of the fans’ favourite ever episodes.

Phil’s currently in a relationship with Kat Slater, feuding with his son Ben Mitchell, building bridges with son Raymond, and trying to keep his position as Walford’s top dog despite some stiff competition from Ben and new ally Kheerat Panesar.

Some of his past dealings have come back to haunt him and Phil has been thrown in prison. He’s been told he’s facing life, but has resisted an offer to turn grass for his freedom.

With Ben having a meltdown and Kat in charge of Phil’s businesses, he quickly realised he needed to call in reinforcements…

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Sam returned to the family fold last month (Credit: BBC)

Sam Mitchell played by Kim Medcalf

The youngest Mitchell sibling and only daughter, Sam Mitchell returned last month played by Kim Medcalf.

Sam’s first stint on the soap began in 1990 when she was played by Danniella Westbrook. She left in 2002 and was replaced by Kim in 2002.

When Sam returned again in 2009 Danniella was back in the role, but left in 2010. She then came back for Peggy’s funeral in 2016. It was then that she abandoned her son with Jack Branning, Ricky Mitchell, and fled back to Spain.

Kim reprised the role once more this year and is already making waves on the Square with blackmail and dodgy business deals.

Will she be able to live up to the Mitchell name and lead the family while Phil’s inside though?

Will Sharon be able to help Jada? (Credit: BBC)

Sharon Watts played by Letitia Dean

Sharon Watts, played by Letitia Dean, is another member of the original  EastEnders cast.

She’s been involved in many dramatic storylines in her time, from the legendary Sharongate, to her steamy affair with Keanu Taylor and the death of her beloved son Dennis Rickman junior.

Most recently, Sharon tried to kill Ian Beale – who she’d married on his deathbed – in revenge for son Denny’s death.

Now Sharon’s getting to know half-brother, Zack Hudson, and bringing up her baby son, Albie.

She has also discovered she has a granddaughter and has moved Alyssa and her mum Jada in.

But Jada is proving quite the handful – can Sharon get through to her and help her become a better mum?

A single mum on a mission (Credit: BBC)

Kat Slater played by Jessie Wallace

Kat Slater played by Jessie Wallace arrived in Walford on the back of a milk float after a night out and she’s been causing trouble ever since!

The reveal that Kat’s sister Zoe was actually her daughter – the famous ‘you ain’t my mother’ scene – is one of ‘Enders fans favourite ever plot twists.

Now Kat’s a single mum to sons Tommy, Bert and Ernie.

And Kat’s involved with Phil Mitchell, both in business and romantically, but with him facing a life-stretch inside, what does the future hold for these two?

Tommy’s talent on the pitch was spotted by Harry Redknapp (Credit: BBC)

Tommy Moon played by Sonny Kendall

When Tommy Moon, played by Sonny Kendall, was born he was at the centre of a baby swap storyline after Ronnie Mitchell’s baby, James, died and she swapped him for Tommy.

Kat and husband Alfie grieved for their baby until Ronnie returned their little boy.

Now Tommy’s a talented footballer, but his future has been threatened by vile bullies.

Tommy accidentally stabbed one of them in defence and it has affected his prospects with a youth footie team. Can he find a way to come good?

Bert and Ernie Moon played by Elliot and Cody Briffett

Kat Slater’s twin boys Bert and Ernie Moon played by Elliot and Cody Briffett haven’t been on screen much lately, but they seem to keep their mum on her toes.

The boys were nicknamed Bert and Ernie by their dad Alfie Moon when Kat was pregnant and when the twins arrived, the names stuck.

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Eve is Stacey’s wife! (Credit: BBC)

Eve Unwin played by Heather Peace

Heather Peace plays Eve Unwin, and she arrived in Walford in October as Stacey Slater’s wife!

She’s tough as nails and quickly clashed with Stacey’s friends and family.

Can Eve be trusted or is she going to cause more trouble as Stace tries to get her life back on track?

Mick is a doting dad to all his children, including baby Annie (Credit: BBC)

Mick Carter played by Danny Dyer

Doting dad Mick Carter, played by Danny Dyer, is the landlord of The Queen Vic. He’s proud of his grown-up kids Lee, Nancy and Johnny, his young son Ollie and his new baby Annie.

Mick recently discovered he had another daughter, Frankie, whose mother was the youth worker who abused him as a kid.

He has welcomed Frankie into the family – just as he welcomed baby Annie, whose biological dad is Max Branning.

However, things with beloved wife Linda are not so good. In fact, the couple have split up.

Mick is trying to move on with Janine Butcher, but his struggles with intimacy are leaving her cold.

However, Danny Dyer is leaving EastEnders, so a long-term romance doesn’t look likely…

Martin’s marriage to Ruby Allen has broken up (Credit: BBC)

Martin Fowler played by James Bye

In the very first episode of EastEnders, iconic Square matriarch Pauline Fowler discovered she was pregnant.

That baby was Martin Fowler – now played by James Bye – and he’s now part of Walford history.

Martin’s had a troubled love life – he got Sonia Jackson pregnant when they were still teens.

Their daughter Bex is now off travelling, while Martin’s a single dad to ex-wife Stacey’s kids Lily, Arthur and Hope.

During lockdown, Martin got together with Ruby Allen and the pair tied the knot but Ruby left the Square in disgrace after she lied to get Stacey banged up. So what’s next for Martin?

Stacey Slater returning to EastEnders
Stace will make a full-time return to the Square in October? (Credit: BBC)

Stacey Slater played by Lacey Turner

Stacey Slater, played by Lacey Turner, has had a lot of drama in her time in the Square.

She lost husband Bradley Branning in a tragic fall from the roof of The Vic, was raped by Archie Mitchell and then murdered him, and suffered post-natal psychosis.

And her affair with Bradley’s dad Max Branning – and its reveal on Christmas Day – has entered Enders history.

More recently, devoted mum Stacey split with husband Martin Fowler after he got mixed up with the Mitchells and wanted to protect her.

And she made an enemy of former best friend Ruby Allen when she nicked her money – and in revenge, Rubes nicked Martin.

Stacey has recently been released from prison and returned to Walford – with a new wife, Eve, in tow, however they are not romantically together.

Stacey is currently being faced with her biggest battle of all after mum Jean suffered a manic episode. Forced to have Jean sectioned, Stacey isn’t sure it was the right move, but can she really cope having Jean at home?

Jean’s had a difficult few years (Credit: BBC)

Jean Slater played by Gillian Wright

Fan fave Jean Slater played by Gillian Wright is famous for her sausage surprise! But she’s also had a tough few years, battling her bipolar disorder and fighting cancer, as well as seeing her beloved daughter Stacey Slater banged up.

Jean arrived in Walford to see daughter Stacey, and eventually settled in Albert Square.

She left briefly when she got married and moved to Brighton, but came back when her marriage broke up. Jean also has a son called Sean, who she’s devoted to, despite his troubles.

When Jean was diagnosed with cancer, she met a man called Daniel and the pair fell in love.

Daniel eventually died peacefully from his cancer, leaving Jean mourning but determined to live life to the fullest.

And she’s even more focused on that philosophy now, having discovered her cancer hasn’t returned like she feared.

However it has recently become apparent she is in the grips of a manic episode. She has been sexually inappropriate, spending erratically and almost drowned in her wedding dress.

Jean is now in hospital after Stacey saved her, but her story doesn’t end there and things are set to get worse for her in the coming weeks.

Lily’s a chip off the Slater block (Credit: BBC)

Lily Slater played by Lilia Turner

Stacey’s daughter Lily Slater, played by Lilia Turner, is proving to be a chip off the old Slater block.

Lily’s real dad is Stacey’s ex Ryan Molloy – Whitney Dean’s brother – but she considers her former stepdad Martin Fowler the closest thing she’s got to a dad.

She’s struggling to deal with Jean’s breakdown and is terrified she’s going to get bipolar too.

Arthur Fowler played by Hunter Bell

Arthur Fowler played by Hunter Bell is named after Martin’s EastEnders icon dad.

But Martin’s not Arthur’s biological dad. His best friend Kush Kazemi was the tot’s real pa, though Martin’s stepped in since Kush’s death.

Hope Fowler

Little Hope Fowler is Stacey’s youngest child and is Martin’s biological daughter, meaning she has an older half-sister in Bex Fowler.

Hope was born prematurely and was in intensive care for a while but she’s now fit and healthy.

Sonia’s been taken in by Rocky (Credit: BBC)

Sonia Fowler played by Natalie Cassidy

Trumpet-playing Sonia Fowler, played by Natalie Cassidy, has seen some dramas during her time in Walford.

She’s had her heart broken when fiancé Jamie Mitchell died, had a surprise pregnancy, questioned her sexuality and nicked a load of money from her step-grandma Dot Branning.

Earlier this year Sonia’s estranged dad Rocky – aka Terry Cant – arrived on the Square.

But viewers discovered Rocky was really Tom Cotton and was working with niece Dotty Cotton to get his mitts on Dot’s cash.

The truth came out on Christmas Day over a turkey dinner and Sonia has cast Rocky out.

Jack’s kept busy with his kids, his job and his brother (Credit: BBC)

Jack Branning played by Scott Maslen

Walford’s worst detective Jack Branning played by Scott Maslen has recovered from his disastrous on/off romance with Ronnie Mitchell – and the one-night stand he had with her sister Roxy Mitchell – and the sisters’ tragic deaths on Ronnie and Jack’s wedding day.

Now he’s happily married to Denise Fox after their Christmas Day wedding.

He’s bringing up his kids Amy and Ricky, and Denise’s son Raymond.

But the return of Ricky’s mum Sam has put the cat amongst the pigeons. Can Jack hold on to his son?

Amy Mitchell played by Abbie Burke

Amy Mitchell played by Abbie Burke is the daughter of Jack Branning and Roxy Mitchell. Amy’s mum died tragically and since then Amy’s lived with her dad.

Amy’s already proved to be trouble. She encouraged Bailey Baker to run away, developed a crush on teacher Isaac Baptiste, and bullies frenemy Lily Slater.

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Ricky has been estranged from his mum (Credit: BBC)

Ricky Mitchell played by Frankie Day

The son of Jack Branning and Sam Mitchell, Ricky Mitchell played by Frankie Day lives with his dad and half-sister Amy.

His mum, Sam, is back in town and he didn’t even recognise her at first.

Sam has manipulated and used Ricky to get what she wants, but he just wants to spend time with his mum. Will it end in tears?

Ben’s feuding with his dad (Credit: BBC)

Ben Mitchell played by Max Bowden

Son of Phil Mitchell and heir to the family empire, Ben Mitchell, played by Max Bowden, has upset his dad by marrying a policeman and letting Kheerat Panesar invest in the Arches.

Ben was abused by Phil’s fiancée Stella, who died on their wedding day, and lost his boyfriend Paul Coker to a homophobic attack.

And he’s carrying the guilt of having called off the prison protection he’d arranged for Jags Panesar, leading to his death.

Things have got complicated with husband Callum Highway after a homophobic attack left Ben wanting to conduct their relationship in secret again.

And with Ben set to be raped by new friend Lewis, things aren’t going to get any easier for him in the coming months.

Being married to Ben Mitchell causes trouble for poor Callum (Credit: BBC)

Callum Highway played by Tony Clay

Callum Highway, played by Tony Clay, is one half of fan fave ‘Ballum’ with new husband Ben Mitchell.

He arrived in Walford as a friend of Lee Carter’s from the army.

He quickly settled into the Square and started a romance with Whitney Dean. But she found out he was struggling with his sexuality and called off their wedding on the big day.

Since then Cal’s joined the police, causing friction in his romance with Ben Mitchell, and tied the knot with his crime lord boyfriend.

Troubled teen to devoted mum and girlfriend (Credit: BBC)

Lola Pearce played by Danielle Harold

Lola Pearce, played by Danielle Harold, is Billy Mitchell’s grandaughter, mum to Ben Mitchell’s daughter Lexi Mitchell, and girlfriend to Isaac Baptiste.

Troubled teenager Lola arrived in Walford when Billy tried to find his long-lost son, Dan Pearce. Alcoholic Dan had died but Lola was keen to get to know her ‘Pops’.

Lola’s settled down since her early days as a teen mum to Lexi, and she’s been a rock to Isaac during his mental health battle.

However, he’s gone to Trinidad to look after his mum Sheree, who’s had a heart attack and Lola’s yet to find out he’s not coming back…

Lexi loves her dad (Credit: BBC)

Lexi Pearce played by Isabella Brown

Confident Lexi Pearce played by Isabella Brown is the daughter of Lola Pearce and Ben Mitchell. She’s smart and funny and devoted to her mum and her dads, Ben and Callum.

Lexi’s never afraid to say what she thinks!

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Billy’s in a rough patch right now (Credit: BBC)

Billy Mitchell played by Perry Fenwick

Olympic torch bearer, Mitchell family outsider and Walford legend Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick, has been in a bad patch since he split from wife Honey.

Billy cheated on Honey with Tina Carter and they split soon afterwards. Ever since then he’s been trying to get back on his feet.

Honey getting together with Jay Brown – who Billy looked on as a surrogate son – was the last straw for Bill.

He was, though, just about the only person in Albert Square who was pleased to see Janine Butcher return!

Linda shows up at Tina's wake in EastEnders
She’s back, but not making many friends (Credit: BBC)

Linda Carter played by Kellie Bright

Devoted mum Linda Carter, played by Kellie Bright, has been through some tough times lately.

She fought alcoholism with the support of husband Mick, and then struggled to cope when he couldn’t open up about his abuse.

Linda turned to Max Branning for comfort and the pair had a brief romance. But childhood sweetheart Mick is the only one for her and they were soon reunited.

When L found out she was pregnant she knew Max was the daddy.

Baby Annie was born in a hurry and added to the Carter brood. Luckily Mick has stood by his wife but the family fled to Linda’s mum’s for a while (while actress Kellie Bright took real-life maternity leave).

Cracks began to show when Mick returned alone. Janine Butcher set her sights on the landlord and used every scheming trick in her book to win him over.

She has managed to win Mick and is about to pay Linda to leave Walford.

But is the Carter matriarch really prepared to give up on her man so easily? Or will she stick around and fight for him?

Mick is protective of his little boy (Credit: BBC)

Ollie Carter played by Charlie Harrington

The youngest boy in the expanding family, Ollie Carter played by Charlie Harrington, is doted on by his older brothers and sisters. Ollie has autism and his dad Mick is fiercely protective of him.

Clock-loving Ollie returned with Mick last year.

Annie Carter

New baby Annie Carter is the latest addition to the Carter clan. She’s blissfully unaware that she’s been born into a whole lot of drama.

Tiny Annie’s biological dad is Max Branning, who mum Linda had a brief fling with last Christmas.

And she’s the reason the family fled to Watford until Rainie Highway – who’s determined to bring Max back to Albert Square – calms down.

Nothing good ever happens to poor Whit (Credit: BBC)

Whitney Dean played by Shona McGarty

Whitney Dean, played by Shona McGarty is the adopted daughter of Bianca Jackson, sister to Tiffany Butcher-Baker and aspiring singer.

Poor Whit’s known nothing but heartbreak in her short life. She was abused by Bianca’s boyfriend Tony as a teenager, and suffered sexual exploitation at the hands of evil Rob.

She was stalked by Tony’s son, Leo, who she ended up killing in self-defence – and stood trial for his murder.

Whitney’s also very unlucky in love. Her marriage to Lee Carter broke down, fiancé Woody Woodward left her, she called off her wedding to Callum Highway on the big day itself, and fiancé Kush Kazemi died when serial killer Gray Atkins pushed him under a tube.

Whit briefly fell for Gray himself, but soon saw his true colours.

It was Whitney who eventually brought him down. She refused to let him fall over the train bridge to his death, wanting him to pay for his crimes.

Now she’s trying to help Chelsea get through her ordeal.

Nick Cotton’s offspring has wormed her way into the Panesars now (Credit: BBC)

Dotty Cotton played by Milly Zero

Dotty Cotton – who is played by Milly Zero – is the daughter of the infamous Nick Cotton.

Her real name is Kirsty and she arrived in Walford as a child, in order to help Nick scam his mum Dot Cotton. But she fell in love with her gran and went back on the plan.

When she returned as a young adult, it seemed she was on the straight and narrow.

But now it’s been revealed that she’s up to her old tricks again.

Newcomer Rocky was pretending to be Sonia’s dad, Terry Cant, but he’s really Tom Cotton – Dotty’s uncle (who later turned out to be her father).

Dotty confessed all on Christmas Day and has been cast out.

But she’s wormed her way into the Panesars now – pretending to be in to Vinny to get a place to live. She’s bonded with Suki as both seem to be as scheming as each other!

How much longer can she stay on Suki’s good side though?

He murdered his sister! (Credit: BBC)

Bobby Beale played by Clay Milner Russell

Bobby Beale, played by Clay Milner Russell, is the son of EastEnders icon Ian Beale and his late wife Laura.

In a square full of troubled teens, Bobby’s probably the worst.

His dodgy past includes him having killed his older sister Lucy Beale, and spending time in a young offenders’ centre for the crime.

Since then Bob’s converted to Islam, struggled with OCD and met girlfriend Dana Monroe. But his romance with Dana has hit trouble and his OCD is back. What’s next for Mr Beale?

What’s next for Peter Beale? (Credit: BBC)

Peter Beale played by Dayle Hudson

Peter Beale played by Dayle Hudson is Bobby’s big brother, though he’s struggled to forgive his sibling for murdering twin sister Lucy.

His ex Lauren is in New Zealand with their son Louie and Pete’s busy bedding Suki Panesar after a romance with her daughter Ash.

Fitness fan Peter is working at Sharon’s gym and running his dad’s restaurant with the help of Bobby.

Zack’s getting cosy with Janine Butcher (Credit: BBC)

Zack Hudson played by James Farrar

A newcomer to Albert Square, Zack Hudson played by James Farrar, is the long-lost younger brother of EastEnders legend Sharon Watts.

Zack’s dad was Gavin Sullivan – Kathy Beale’s evil ex and Shaz’s biological dad. Now he’s moved to Walford and is busy getting to know his big sis.

Zack’s already broken Nancy Carter’s heart, and got cosy with Janine Butcher. Big mistake, Zack. Huge.

He managed to win Nancy back and the pair are going into business together opening their own restaurant.

But her mum Linda is testing Zack’s patience as her alcoholism is out of control. Can Zack help?

Albie Watts

Sharon Watts gave birth to Albie just as his half-brother Dennis Rickman was tragically dying.

Albie is the son of Sharon’s lover Keanu Taylor, who is also dad to baby Peggy Mitchell. Peggy’s mum is Sharon’s former stepdaughter Louise Mitchell. Making the whole thing very awks indeed.

A new business venture is keeping Nancy busy (Credit: BBC)

Nancy Carter played by Maddy Hill

Nancy Carter, played by Maddy Hill, returned after heading off into the sunset with husband-to-be Tamwar Masood.

With her marriage over, Nancy came home to Walford where she immediately took to new-found half sister, Frankie Lewis, and started romancing Zack Hudson.

But when Frankie knocked Nancy over in a driving lesson and she and Zack covered it up, things got tricky.

They put it behind them and Nancy and Zack have reunited.

The pair are going into business together, opening a restaurant.

Nancy is also trying to support her mum, Linda, as she battles her alcoholism. But how much longer can she keep making excuses for her?

Shirley is trying to find her sister, Tina (Credit: BBC)

Shirley Carter played by Linda Henry

Mick thought his mum Shirley Carter, played by Linda Henry, was his big sister growing up but now he knows the truth, he and Shirl have a good relationship.

Shirley’s never far from trouble, especially when it comes to her ‘friendship’ with Phil Mitchell.

But there is a heart inside her, and it’s currently breaking over the loss of her sister Tina.

Shirley’s performance when news of Tina’s death hit her has earned her a Leading Performer nomination at this year’s British Soap Awards.

Frankie’s now a part of the Carter clan (Credit: BBC)

Frankie Lewis played by Rose Ayling-Ellis

Frankie Lewis, played by Rose Ayling-Ellis, arrived in Walford to meet her biological dad, Mick Carter.

Her arrival triggered a chain of events as Mick uncovered his childhood abuse at the hands of Frankie’s mum, Katy.

Frankie has bonded with her new family – although things got pretty tricky with Nancy for a while, and Frankie left to visit friends.

She’s back now and is trying to find her own place in the world.

After an old friend made her feel she was wasting her life, Frankie is throwing herself into her photography. But will it make her happy?

Do not mess with Suki! (Credit: BBC)

Suki Panesar played by Balvinder Sopal

The matriarch of the Panesar clan, Suki Panesar played by Balvinder Sopal, is intimidating, bullying and not easy to be around.

She’s fiercely protective of her family but blames herself for the death of her son, Jags, in prison.

And she’s right to take responsibility. Jags was only behind bars because Suki forced him to take the rap for his brother Vinny’s crime.

Since then Suki has showed a different side of her personality when she grew close to Honey Mitchell and ended up kissing her.

But when Honey knocked her back, she turned on her new friend.

She seduced Peter Beale again to prove a point to Honey, but how far will Suki go to get her way?

Kheerat’s got a lot on his plate (Credit: BBC)

Kheerat Panesar played by Jaz Deol

The oldest brother, Kheerat Panesar played by Jaz Deol was in love with Chantelle Atkins, though the pair never acted on their feelings, and he enjoyed a brief but passionate romance with Sharon Watts.

Kheerat’s gone into business partnership with Ben Mitchell and he’s determined to make the Panesar family a force to reckon with.

Meanwhile, he did have his romantic sights set firmly on Stacey Slater, but they never quite seem to get off the ground.

He’s recently got out of prison after assaulting Gray Atkins. It’s clear the family were about to crumble without him, but what’s next for the Panesars?

Vinny’s had his heart broken (Credit: BBC)

Vinny Panesar played by Shiv Jalota

The baby of the Panesar clan, Vinny Panesar played by Shiv Jalota is his mum’s favourite. But that’s not always the best place to be in their complicated family!

Vinny’s struggling with the guilt of knowing his brother Jags was in prison because of him when he was murdered.

Ambitious and determined to be a DJ, he’s also got a soft side, which he revealed when he fell head over heels for Dotty Cotton.

And then had his heart broken when she slept with Keegan Butcher-Baker.

Vinny is one of the few people giving Dotty the time of day any more, but it’s clear she doesn’t feel as strongly about him.

The Carters struggle to plan Tina's funeral with Jay
Funeral director and car sales man, Jay Brown (Credit: BBC)

Jay Brown played by Jamie Borthwick

Jay Brown, played by Jamie Borthwick, didn’t have the easiest start in life.

He grew up in care and saw his dad murdered. Young Jay was taken under the Mitchells’ wing and became a surrogate son to Phil and Billy. And he’s a loyal best friend to Ben Mitchell, too.

Jay had an ill-fated romance with Linzi Bragg, who turned out to be underage. But the people of the Square forgave him – eventually – and he moved on with Lola Pearce then Ruby Allen.

Now Jay’s in a relationship with Honey Mitchell. Things were complicated when they first got together thanks to their age difference and the fact that Honey’s ex Billy was like a dad to Jay.

But while Billy’s still not happy about it, Honey and Jay seem to be for keeps.

Honey is now the market inspector (Credit: BBC)

Honey Mitchell played by Emma Barton

Ex-model and devoted mum Honey Mitchell, played by Emma Barton, is sweet-natured and kind.

She was heartbroken when husband Billy Mitchell cheated on her with Tina Carter, while their daughter Janet was in hospital. And since then, the kind-hearted shop assistant has shown a new stronger side to her personality.

Honey dotes on her kids Janet and William, and is unapologetically enjoying a romance with Billy’s surrogate son, Jay Brown.

She has recently started work as the market inspector, and is going to have to deal with creepy Mr Lister in her own way.

Janet’s a model like her mum was (Credit: BBC)

Janet Mitchell played by Grace

Model and actress Janet Mitchell, played by Grace, didn’t have an easy start to life.

Her mum, Honey, didn’t cope well when she discovered baby Janet had Down Syndrome and considered putting the tot up for adoption.

But Honey fell in love with her daughter and she’s now a doting mum.

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Is Will going to be as unlucky in love as dad Billy? (Credit: BBC)

Will Mitchell played by Freddie Phillips

Will Mitchell played by Freddie Phillips is another model member of the Mitchell family. He landed a modelling contract that took him, his mum Honey and sister Janet to Canada for a while.

But now he’s back in Walford, putting up with dad Billy Mitchell’s shortcomings and looking after big sister Janet.

He’s also got a crush on Jada, but she doesn’t feel the same.

Mitch and Karen comfort Mack and Mia
Mack and Mia are heartbroken by their mum’s death and dad’s guilt (Credit: BBC)

Mia Atkins played by Mahalia Malcolm

The daughter of tragic Chantelle, Mia Atkins played by Mahalia Malcolm is struggling to cope without her mum.

She dotes on occasional childminder Whitney and did not like spending time with her dad’s new wife Chelsea Fox.

Mackenzie Atkins played by Isaac Lemonius

Mia’s brother Mackenzie Atkins played by Isaac Lemonius, has anger issues, just like his dad.

But will he prove to be as dangerous as serial killer Gray?

Patrick’s down but not out (Credit: BBC)

Patrick Trueman played by Rudolph Walker

Rum drinking Patrick Trueman played by Rudolph Walker is licking his wounds after the break-up of his marriage to Sheree, but we know he’ll be back on form soon!

Smooth-talking Patrick is dad to former Albert Square GP Anthony Trueman, and the late Paul.

Plus he recently discovered he was the biological dad of Sheree’s son, Isaac Baptiste and has supported him through his mental health struggles.

Patrick is devoted to his surrogate daughters Kim and Denise Fox, and is enjoying getting to know Denise’s young son Raymond.

Happily married to Jack, it’s hasn’t always been easy for Denise (Credit: BBC)

Denise Fox played by Diane Parish

Denise Fox played by Diane Parish has been through all sorts of disasters in her time on the Square.

She was held hostage for months by her serial-killer husband Lucas Johnson while he pretended she was dead and her family grieved.

Vicar Lucas – dad to Denise’s daughter Chelsea – eventually went to jail for his crimes though he recently reappeared in Den’s life, bringing chaos with him.

Denise is now happily loved-up with new husband Jack Branning after a Christmas Day wedding, and bringing up young son Raymond.

Den gave him up for adoption after she unexpectedly became pregnant after a one-night-stand with Phil Mitchell. But now he’s back with her and she’s determined to keep him away from his real dad!

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Kim is building up an influencer business (Credit: BBC)

Kim Fox played by Tameka Empson

Foxcatcher Kim Fox played by Tameka Empson is the Square’s resident matchmaker. She’s a devoted mum to her kids and is keeping busy running her business.

She has recently discovered her husband, who has been missing for three years, is dead.

When she found out Denise knew and kept Phil Mitchell’s involvement from her in exchange for money, Kim was disgusted and tried to leave.

Eventually though, she was persuaded to stay when Denise promised to involve the police.

Kim has an admirer in Howie Danes, but is she really ready for love again?

She’s throwing herself wholeheartedly into her career as the ‘Kimfluencer’.

Pearl Fox played by Arayah Harris-Buckle

Pearl was born in dramatic fashion in the loos at The Queen Vic during the live episode to celebrate EastEnders’ 30th birthday in February 2015.

Her name is a nod to pearls being the precious stone for 30th wedding anniversaries.

Pearl is a gifted child and Kim is determined to provide the best education possible for her daughter.

Mica Fox

Pearl’s little brother Mica arrived just as dramatically as his big sister. He was delivered by Phil Mitchell in the Minute Mart!

EastEnders Tue Feb 22 Howie lends Kim professional video equipment
Children’s entertainer Howie has fallen for Kim (Credit: BBC)

Howie Danes played by Delroy Atkinson

Howie Danes played by Delroy Atkinson arrived in October 2021 having stolen deceased Vincent Fox’s wallet and created a new identity for himself.

He has reappeared to help Kim out and went to the police about Phil Mitchell’s involvement in Vincent’s murder.

Howie has a crush on Kim and is helping her in any way he can, but will she reciprocate his feelings?

Chelsea is drawn to trouble (Credit: BBC)

Chelsea Atkins played by Zaraah Abrahams

Wannabe trophy wife Chelsea Fox played by Zaraah Abrahams has struggled with drug addiction and has a very questionable moral code.

Chelsea’s problems are normally of her own making, but it’s no surprise she’s drawn to trouble considering her dad is ‘Enders serial killer Lucas Johnson.

Since she returned to Walford, Chelsea married serial killer Gray Atkins and had his baby. It wasn’t long before he began abusing her and she knew she’d made a terrible mistake.

Gray has thankfully finally been apprehended for his crimes after Chelsea recorded his confession.

But he’s still managing to pull the strings even from prison as he’s left her with nothing and no home for their baby.

Raymond is settling into the Square (Credit: BBC)

Raymond Dawkins played by Michael Jose Pomares Clixte

Little Raymond Dawkins played by Michael Jose Pomares Clixte, is the son of Denise Fox and Phil Mitchell.

He was adopted when he was born but Denise got her little boy back after his adopted parents were killed in a car accident.

Now Denise is busy trying to keep Raymond’s dad Phil away from the tot.

Jordan Atkins

The baby son of Chelsea and Gray Atkins, Jordan was born very prematurely.

He is out of hospital now, but mum Chelsea is struggling with what his dad did and even considered putting her son up for adoption.

Rainie’s put her druggie past behind her (Credit: BBC)

Rainie Highway played by Tanya Franks

Once a drug addict and prostitute, Rainie Highway has turned her life around and she’s now devoted to husband Stuart.

Rainie is the sister of Max Branning’s ex-wife Tanya.

When Max’s daughter Abi died, leaving her namesake baby daughter without a mum, Rainie and Max got married in order to convince the authorities they’d provide a stable family for little Abi.

Rainie loves her great-niece and she was devastated when Max took her and disappeared.

Rainie and Stuart paid Bernie Taylor to be a surrogate for them and she recently delivered their little boy, Roland.

Stuart’s much calmer than he was when he arrived in Walford (Credit: BBC)

Stuart Highway played by Ricky Champ

An old schoolfriend of Mick Carter and big brother to Callum Highway, Stuart Highway played by Ricky Champ caused trouble as soon as he arrived in Albert Square.

He was a vigilante hunting for online paedophiles and got Mick caught up in his campaign. When things went wrong, Stuart shot himself and blamed his old mate and even got Mick banged up for the crime.

With all that trouble in the past, Stuart’s now happily married to Rainie and the pair are running the funeral home together.

Meanwhile, Stuart has been diagnosed with breast cancer. He disappeared for a while to avoid having treatment, but has since returned and undergone his operation.

Now, however, he’s struggling with the pain and not wanting to take painkiller for fear of getting addicted.

He’s also struggling to bond with new son Roland.

Roland Highway

The baby son of Rainie and Stuart Highway, Roland was born via surrogate Bernie Taylor.

Although Ash isn’t currently on our screens, she will be back (Credit: BBC)

Ash Kaur played by Gurlaine Kaur Garcha

Ash Kaur played by Gurlaine Kaur Garcha is the only daughter in the Panesar family. She’s an aspiring doctor and often at loggerheads with her overbearing mum, Suki.

Suki’s interfered with Ash’s career, much to her daughter’s annoyance, and in her love-life – even going as far as having a fling with Ash’s fella Peter Beale.

Finally snapping, Ash left the Square earlier this year for a break from her mum. But she is on her way back soon, so can they patch it up?

Loud and brash, but much-loved (Credit: BBC)

Karen Taylor played by Lorraine Stanley

Ferocious mum Karen Taylor played by Lorraine Stanley is fiercely proud of her kids. She’s devoted to daughter Bernadette Taylor and sons Keegan Baker, Keanu Taylor and twins Chatham and Riley.

She was devastated when her oldest child, Chantelle Atkins died, and even more heartbroken when she discovered Gray killed her.

Karen’s also taken in Bailey Baker, who’s the daughter of her ex, Mitch Baker.

Karen had a romance with Billy Mitchell, but is now embarking on a second chance with Mitch.

Bernie’s got a difficult decision ahead (Credit: BBC)

Bernadette Taylor played by Clair Norris

Fiercely protective of her family, Bernadette Taylor played by Clair Norris, has gone the extra mile to make some cash for them.

She recently gave birth to Roland for Stuart and Rainie Highway, but has found giving up her son hard.

So she’s throwing herself into work at the Panesars’ pest control business. But that means organising a protest against poor working conditions and unfair contracts.

She is also proud of her sexuality, though she’s not been lucky in love.

Previously best friends with Tiffany, she’s now struck up a friendship with Dotty Cotton.

He’s trying to be the best dad he can be, but Mitch was left devastated after Chantelle’s death (Credit: BBC)

Mitch Baker played by Roger Griffiths

Mitch Baker played by Roger Griffiths is Keegan and Bailey’s dad, and Karen’s ex. He’s not been the best partner or dad in the past, though he seems determined to make up for lost time.

When Bailey’s mum died, he stepped up and took the little girl under his wing.

Mitch was also Chantelle Atkins’ dad and felt distraught when he realised Gray had killed her. Mitch had long been suspicious of Gray’s Mr Nice Guy act, but blamed himself for not doing more.

He’s desperate to make a go of things with Karen again, but can they really make it work?

Youngster Bailey is a breath of fresh air in Albert Square (Credit: BBC)

Bailey Baker played by Kara-Leah Fernandes

Bailey Baker played by Kara-Leah Fernandes was a young carer for her mum. When she died Bailey moved to Albert Square.

She’s super clever, and sweet-natured and constantly let down by well-meaning but useless dad Mitch.

Bailey ran away from home, thinking her presence was causing the Taylor/Bakers money problems. Her family rallied round to find her and since then Bailey’s felt more at home.

Last year she went on a mission to save the planet.

Vi tells it as it is (Credit: BBC)

Violet Highway played by Gwen Taylor

Stuart and Callum’s grandmother, Violet Highway played by Gwen Taylor is a straight-talking pensioner who likes to tell it how it is.

She was only meant to stay for Callum’s wedding to Ben Mitchell, but somehow she’s made a home for herself in Albert Square, and we have to admit, we like it!

However, she revealed her big secret last year – that she had given up a son for adoption.

She was cast out by Stuart who reacted angrily to the news, believing it to be the reason he spent his life in care.

Although Stuart tried to stop her leaving, he didn’t catch her in time.

She returned earlier this year, however, to help Stuart fight his cancer battle. But can she find her son as well?

Rocky isn’t who he says he is. (Credit: BBC)

Rocky AKA Terry Cant AKA Thomas Cotton played by Brian Conley

Newcomer Rocky AKA Terry Cant AKA Thomas Cotton played by Brian Conley, arrived in Walford claiming to be Sonia Jackson’s long-lost dad, Terry.

He convinced poor Son he was for real and won her trust over several months. But then it was revealed that Rocky isn’t Terry Cant as he claimed and is instead Dotty Cotton’s Uncle Tommy.

The Cottons were planning to fleece Dot Cotton out of her money, with the help of Sonia who has control of Dot’s finances.

Sonia discovered the truth about her ‘dad’ on Christmas Day – and Dotty also discovered he wasn’t her uncle, but actually her father.

Rocky is desperate to stick around and get Sonia – and girlfriend Kathy – to forgive him, but will he be successful?

Janine returns and Mick is pleased in EastEnders
She’s got her man – but for how long? (Credit: BBC)

Janine Butcher played by Charlie Brooks

When Janine Butcher played by Charlie Brooks arrived back in Albert Square, the whole nation cheered. The residents of Albert Square, though, weren’t as happy to see her!

Janine has spent her time trying to win back custody of her daughter Scarlett. But proving herself a fit mother has been a challenge.

Eventually Janine won the courts over and went out to celebrate – leaving Scarlett locked out all night. Not the best start.

Janine has also set her sights firmly on Mick Carter and has so far been successful.

But his issues with intimacy and the constant presence of his ex-wife Linda are proving tricky for Janine to handle.

Past history has shown, however, where there’s a will for Janine, there’s usually a way…

Scarlett and Janine aren’t exactly the best of friends (Credit: BBC)

Scarlett Butcher played by Tabitha Byron

Janine’s daughter Scarlett Butcher, played by Tabitha Byron, is most definitely not following in her mum’s footsteps.

Sweet, bookish Scarlett has been in foster care and was being looked after by Kat Slater after Janine proved unable to look after her properly.

But Janine managed to regain custody – and promptly left Scarlett outside all night! Can Scarlett really live with her mum?

Will Sandy ruin Dotty’s plan? (Credit: BBC)

Sandy Gibson played by Martha Cope

Dotty Cotton’s mum Sandy Gibson played by Martha Cope arrived in Albert Square last year.

With Dotty’s plans to swindle Sonia out of Dot Cotton’s money gathering momentum, Sandy turning up sent things into a spin.

Addict Sandy revealed at Christmas Rocky was in fact Dotty’s dad, but she didn’t stick around to help pick up the pieces.

Will she be back soon, though?

Harvey and Jean have had quite a ride recently (Credit: BBC)

Harvey Monroe played by Ross Boatman

Cabbie Harvey Monroe  arrived in Albert Square last year

Harvey’s dad to Dana and Aaron. He’s a little over-protective and doesn’t always say or do the right thing.

After a whirlwind romance with Jean, they got engaged, but Harvey couldn’t see she was in the middle of a manic episode.

He has eventually realised it wasn’t real and he was using her as a distraction from his problem son, Aaron, who is in prison after being part of a far-right gang.

Dana fell for Bobby Beale (Credit: BBC)

Dana Monroe played by Barbara Smith

Sweet Dana Monroe played by Barbara Smith was the first member of her family to arrive in Albert Square.

She started a romance with Bobby Beale and the pair seemed happy. Dana even forgave him for pretending to be his brother, Peter, and lying that he owned Beales restaurant. And she managed to move on when she found out he’d killed his sister Lucy.

But she finally dumped him when he tried to interfere with her uni plans.

However, they got back together again – but it’s hard to keep track of how long for this time!

Charlie Wernham plays Aaron Monroe (Credit: BBC)

Aaron Monroe played by Charlie Wernham

Aaron Monroe played by Charlie Wernham is the city boy son of Harvey.

His arrogance is his biggest asset and his biggest downfall and things between him and sister Dana are strained.

He came to Walford to check out where his family now live, but he decided to stick around.

It was then revealed Aaron is part of a far-right group responsible for a series of attacks around Walford.

He was arrested after his dad called the cops on him. Harvey disowned him, but after advice from Jean decided to stand by his son.

With Aaron in prison and under threat from violent gangs in there, will we ever see him again?

Alyssa Lennox

Little Alyssa was at the centre of a who’s the daddy story when she was left on Sharon Watts’ doorstep.

Both Zack and Martin thought she was theirs, but it turned out Dennis was the father, making Alyssa Sharon’s granddaughter.

Sharon wanted to bring her up, but mum Jada took her back.

However, Jada and Alyssa have now returned and are living with Sharon.

Will Jada stick around this time? (Credit: BBC)

Jada Lennox played by Kelsey Calladine-Smith

After a one-night stand with Denny, Jada fell pregnant. She couldn’t cope with the baby and dumped her on gran, Sharon, last year.

But then Zack persuaded Jada to take her back, which she did and promptly disappeared.

She has since come back and has moved in with Sharon and got a job at the salon. But for how long?

Even super-solicitor Ritchie can’t get Phil out of this one (Credit: BBC)

Ritchie Scott played by Sian Webber

Whenever Phil Mitchell is in trouble there’s one person he calls: Ritchie Scott.

Phil’s faithful lawyer has got him out of more scraps than he can remember, but this latest one, which sees him facing life in prison, even super solicitor Ritchie is struggling with.

Can she find a way to save him this time?

She doesn’t have storylines, but Tracey is integral to the show (Credit: BBC)

Tracey played by Jane Slaughter

Tracey the barmaid has been an extra on EastEnders since day one.

Every now and then Tracey has a few lines and even confessed to sleeping with Phil Mitchell on one occasion!

EastEnders Lewis sees Ben fighting
The bar manager has a dark side (Credit: BBC)

Lewis Butler played by Aiden O’Callaghan

Lewis Butler played by Aiden O’Callaghan slipped quietly into Walford earlier this year as the new bar manager at The Albert.

He instantly struck up a friendship with Ben and Callum, but has found himself particularly drawn to Ben.

Lewis is set to rape Ben in upcoming scenes.

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