List of EastEnders characters (2006)

The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2006, by order of first appearance.

Deano Wicks

Marie Matthews

Marie Matthews, played by Susan Cruse, is the Bridge Street market inspector in Walford, following Richard Cole, Michael Rose and Lisa Fowler. She appears on 5 January 2006 when Deano Wicks illegally sells "WOOF" (Walford One Owed Freedom) t-shirts, to try and help save Gus Smith's dog, Wellard from being euthanised for attacking Ian Beale. Deano charms her and gets off with a warning. He later sells the t-shirts legally by taking over Alfie Moon's stall from Alfie's second cousin Jake. Her successor is Mr Lister.

Bradley Branning

Oliver Cousins

Dr Oliver Cousins
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Tom Ellis
Duration 2006
First appearance 30 January 2006
Last appearance 26 May 2006
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation General Practitioner

Doctor Oliver Cousins, played by Tom Ellis, arrived as the new Walford doctor, following doctors Legg, Samuels, Singh, Fonseca, Trueman and Leroy. He made his first appearance on 30 January 2006, when he was knocked over by Dot Branning and locked out of his house naked. Mo Harris picked the lock for him, but as his towel was caught in the door, he then had just his hands to cover himself. In 2011 Ellis said he would not consider returning to the show.[1]

Dr. Cousins gave Honey Edwards advice about her unborn baby, found Ben Mitchell when he ran away, and talked to Little Mo Mitchell about her baby Freddie, thinking that she was suffering from stress. He then developed romantic feelings for Little Mo.

Oliver went on a date with Little Mo, where she confided in him that she sometimes struggled with Freddie. He walked her home that night and they shared a kiss on the doorstep. Mo later confided in Oliver that she had nearly hit Freddie when he had been crying.

When Freddie was injured, Oliver told his colleague, Dr. Briony Campbell, what Mo had told him. She told Social Services, who suspected Mo had caused Freddie's injuries. However, Mo suspected 10-year-old Ben Mitchell had caused them. Mo found out that Oliver had betrayed her and ended their relationship. Oliver was offered a job in Leeds and decided to leave Walford. When he told Little Mo, she was heartbroken. Since then, their relationship was on and off but they reconciled shortly after.

At the same time, Ben told Oliver that he hit Freddie on purpose, confirming Little Mo's suspicion, but Ben's father Phil told Oliver to keep quiet. Oliver took Mo for dinner and tried to convince her to go to the police to clear her name but she refused. They went to The Queen Vic together and Peggy Mitchell called Mo a child beater. Oliver stood up for her and was about to tell everyone the truth about Freddie's injury. Little Mo was angry with Oliver for not respecting her decision and she stormed out the pub.

Oliver got drunk the following day and barmaid Dawn Swann had to help him get into his flat at the end of the night. Stacey Slater saw this but didn't tell Mo. Oliver finally admitted to Mo that he loved her and proposed to her on 25 May 2006. Happy with the outcome, the two prepared to leave Walford for Leeds, but not before apologising to Dawn for chucking her out of his flat the day he got drunk. She gave him a friendly kiss but Stacey also saw this and told Mo. Mo confronted Oliver and she pushed him to the ground and in response, he ended their relationship out of shock at to what she did to him.

As Little Mo prepared to leave for Barnstaple, Oliver realised that he still loved her and decided to ask her to go with him to Leeds. He ran to the tube station and tried to convince her to join him so they could be together. Little Mo chose not to go, and she left with Freddie. That day he also left Walford.

Guy Matthews

Guy Matthews, played by Steve Sarossy, was the owner of a flash car that Minty Peterson was fixing at The Arches. Dawn Swann started to talk to Minty about the car and its owner, not realising that Guy was within earshot. He revealed that he was a wine merchant and asked Dawn out for dinner. Dawn was impressed on her date with Guy, sharing conversation about importing wine, and talking about Dawn's brother Mickey's toy importing business. As they stepped outside of the restaurant, Guy kissed Dawn and pinned her against a wall. She struggled to get free, and shouted at him, telling him she was too good for him. She kicked his car, denting it, and walked home.

Megan Macer

Megan Macer, played by Niky Wardley, was the daughter of Joe Macer, and came to Walford for her father's wedding to Pauline Fowler, and instantly took a disliking to her.[2] On the wedding day she made up with Pauline. After the wedding she left Walford, but it was later revealed that she had given Bert Atkinson Joe's new address when he got out of prison. After Pauline died on Christmas Day 2006 and Joe confessed it was him who had caused her death, Joe died on 26 January 2007 after falling from a window in Pauline's house during a struggle with Dot and Jim Branning. Megan has not been mentioned since this happened.

Carly Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Yanis Pappas

Yanis Pappas
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Peter Polycarpou
Duration 2006
First appearance 20 February 2006
Last appearance 23 February 2006
Profile
Occupation Restaurateur

Yanis Pappas was the father of Nico, Carly Wicks's husband. Yanis did not approve of Carly, but was prepared to put up with her for the sake of his son. He owned many restaurants in Cyprus and London. Yanis and Kevin Wicks, Carly's father, arranged a family liaison meeting at 31 Albert Square, but it ended up in almighty brawl, where Kevin and Yanis exchanged punches. When Nico and Carly reconciled, Yanis offered them a restaurant in Cyprus, with his brother Andreas. Nico accepted his offer, but Carly decided to stay in London. Yanis is definitely a family man, and showed this when he brought his sister, brother-in-law, uncle and wife Anna to the family meeting. He also has strong Greek morals and believes family comes first.

Nico Pappas

Nico Pappas
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Gerard Monaco
Duration 2006
First appearance 20 February 2006
Last appearance 24 February 2006
Profile
Occupation Restaurateur

Nico Pappas was married to Carly Wicks but their marriage was shaky. He didn't really know how to stand up to his family who didn't think Carly was good enough for him. Underneath, however, he really loved Carly but he didn't want to upset his family. Before his arrival in Walford, he and Carly had been living in Cyprus with his family. Carly left Nico after a string of arguments. They then reconciled for just one day before Nico's father Yanis offered him and Carly a restaurant in Cyprus. Carly didn't want to go, so Nico left without her.

On 29 May 2007 Carly learned that Nico had filed for a divorce.

Anna Pappas

Anna Pappas
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Anna Savva
Duration 2006
Appears on 21 February 2006
Profile
Occupation Restaurateur

Anna Pappas was the mother of Nico, Carly Wicks's husband. Anna did not approve of Carly, and voiced this opinion openly. She also hated Carly because she couldn't speak Greek. Her husband Yanis and Carly's father, Kevin, arranged a family liaison meeting at 31 Albert Square, but it ended up in almighty brawl, where Kevin and Yanis exchanged punches, and Anna fought with Carly.

Helen Pappas

Helen Pappas
EastEnders character
Duration 2006
Appears on 21 February 2006

Helen Pappas was the sister of Yanis Pappas, and aunt of Carly Wicks's husband, Nico. She attended a liaison meeting with her family, Yanis, Nico, Anna, Chris and Peter, as well as Carly, Deano and Kevin Wicks, and she ended up pulling Carly's hair when the meeting turned into a fight.

Chris Pappas

Chris Pappas
EastEnders character
Duration 2006
Appears on 21 February 2006

Chris Pappas was the elderly uncle of Yanis Pappas and great uncle of Carly Wicks' husband, Nico. He attended a family liaison meeting with his family, Yanis, Nico, Anna, Helen and Peter, as well as Carly, Deano and Kevin Wicks. He was a frail elderly Cypriot gentleman, who used an oxygen mask to aid his breathing.

Bert Atkinson

Bert Atkinson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Dave Hill
Duration 2006–07
First appearance 24 February 2006
Last appearance 23 July 2007
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Date of birth 1945
Occupation Road sweeper

Albert "Bert" Atkinson, played by Dave Hill, made his first appearance in Albert Square on 24 February 2006. He is last seen leaving Walford on 23 July 2007. Bert is from Slaithwaite in Huddersfield, Yorkshire and is proud Yorkshireman and frequently mentions it in the show. He can often be found boasting around Albert Square about how Southerners do not match up to him and his fellow Northerners.

He is a friend of Joe Macer, and comes to Walford to visit him, having heard from Joe's daughter Megan of his marriage to Pauline Fowler. On the day he arrives, he is mistaken for a tramp by Bradley Branning, flirts with Yolande Trueman and interrupts Martin and Sonia Fowler's evening of passion by letting himself into their house while Joe and Pauline are on their honeymoon.

He flirts with Mo Harris and takes her back to Pauline and Joe's, where the newlyweds walk in on them kissing on the sofa. Mo identifies a tattoo on his upper left arm as one obtained in prison, and realises that Bert knows Joe from prison. She reveals this to Dot Branning after splitting with Bert, after finding him in an alley in a tight embrace with Ina, a local market stall holder. After Pauline discovers Joe and Dot's betrayal, Bert moves in with Jim, Dot, Sonia and Bradley at 25 Albert Square. He later makes up with Mo and their passion started again.

In November 2006, Bert receives a visit from a man telling him that his ex-wife Evie wanted to see him. She is dying of breast cancer, and tells Bert that she still loves him, even after 38 years of not seeing each other. She also reveals that their daughter, Karen, died of breast cancer in 2004. Bert brings Evie back to Walford to stay with Pat Evans while the rest of her family are away, and Bert moves in with her, breaking up with Mo. Evie dies days after arriving in the Square but she shocks Bert by telling him that he has a grandson called Jay. At Evie's funeral Bert meets Jay for the first time but does not introduce himself because he is too afraid of what may happen. Bert moves out of Pat's house and in with Patrick and Yolande Trueman

On 5 February 2007, Beryl, the carer of Bert's grandson, Jay, brings Jay to live with Bert, saying she cannot look after him anymore. Bert tries to teach Jay not to steal, as he steals from Deano Wicks's stall and Patrick and Yolande's shop.

Pat later persuades Ian Beale to let Bert and Jay live at 15a Turpin Road (the flat above Ian's fish and chip shop). He is referred to an eye specialist with a suspected glaucoma after a check up at his optician's. Initially Bert refuses to have anything to do with surgery but after Jay discovers how serious his condition is and threatens to move out, Bert has the surgery and appears to make a full recovery.

In July 2007 Jay's father, Jase Dyer, appears in Albert Square, looking for his son. After an initially frosty meeting, Bert allows him to meet Jay. The father and son hit it off together, and Jase moves into the flat. On seeing his grandson is being well looked after, Bert takes his cue to pack his bags and move on from the Square.

Bert is last mentioned twice on January 2009 in a conversation between Pat and Billy Mitchell due to Jay's behaviour problems and in March 2009 when Jay returns to Walford informing Billy that he is living with Bert, however, it is all a lie when an episode ends in Jay tucking himself in bed — covered in cardboard on a park bench. Mo eventually learns from Bert that Jay was not living with him and tells Billy, who then invites Jay to stay with him again.

Jack Edwards

Jack Edwards
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Nicky Henson
Duration 2006
First appearance 27 February 2006
Last appearance 10 November 2006
Profile
Date of birth 1946
Date of death 5 May 2010

Jack Edwards, played by Nicky Henson, is the father of Honey Mitchell. He made his first appearance on 27 February 2006. He also has a dog called Dalgliesh and a narrowboat called Patonia.

The character was to have been played by former musician David Essex,[3] originally for only 3 weeks, but Essex pulled out when the role expanded and he was unable to commit to the increased time. The role was re-cast and Nicky Henson played the part.

Jack initially showed a strong dislike of Billy Mitchell, posing as a plumber to get to know the real Billy, his daughter's fiancée. He also has a crush on Peggy Mitchell.

Jack left Walford to complete a job, but returned in July for Billy and Honey's wedding and continued his outrageous flirting with Peggy. They got together, but split up when Peggy refused to accept Jack's newborn granddaughter, Janet, who has Down's syndrome.

He reappeared again in November when Honey ran away from Billy and Janet.

Since his departure, Jack had been mentioned three times. He was mentioned in February 2008 when Billy and Honey announced to Peggy that they were going to visit him for a week on his narrowboat with Janet and a newborn baby William. He was then mentioned again in September 2008 by Billy, who told Archie Mitchell that Honey had taken the children and left him, moving in with Jack. In May 2010, Billy was told that Honey and Jack had been involved in a car accident and Jack had died.

Jez Franks

Jez Franks
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Tex Jacks
Duration 2006–07
First appearance 28 April 2006
Last appearance 2 April 2007
Profile

Jez Franks was a bully in Ben Mitchell and Abi Branning's year at Walford Primary School. He was first seen at Ben's tenth birthday party, when he and another boy, Ali, fixed a game of pass the parcel, so Jez won the prize, a camera. He was later seen at the opening of Walford Video, when Ben's father, Phil's lawyer, Stella Crawford embarrassed Ben by revealing that the shop wasn't actually his yet - and Jez teased him. Jez was then seen in March 2007, bullying Ben in the playground at school, threatening to make him deaf in his only hearing ear. This led Ben to wet himself, and Stella, Phil's girlfriend, told Ben to stand up for himself, then watched as Jez attacked Ben. Phil later attacked Jez's father, Vince, and told him to keep Jez away from Ben.

Briony Campbell

Briony Campbell
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Rae Hendrie
Duration 2006
First appearance 28 April 2006
Last appearance 16 May 2006
Profile
Occupation Paediatrician

Doctor Briony Campbell was the paediatrician who looked after Freddie Mitchell when he was injured and had blood on the brain. She interviewed Oliver Cousins, Walford's GP and boyfriend of Freddie's mother, Little Mo Mitchell. Oliver told her that Mo had once nearly hit Freddie. Briony then informed the police and social services, who investigated Mo. When Mo found out that Oliver had told Briony, she ended their relationship. After more extensive tests, Freddie was found to have a low platelet count, and Mo was cleared of all allegations. Mo later thought that Briony and Oliver were a couple, but Briony informed her that Oliver still liked her.

Chelsea Fox

Denise Johnson

David Walsh

David Walsh
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jeremy Child
Duration 2006
First appearance 15 May 2006
Last appearance 5 September 2006
Profile
Occupation Vicar

The Reverend David Walsh was a vicar, first seen renting a pornographic film in Walford Video for a sermon he was writing. He later visited Billy Mitchell and Honey Edwards, who wanted to get married in a church, but when Reverend Walsh found out that Billy was divorced (from Little Mo Mitchell), he told Honey and Billy they couldn't get married in the church. He was later blackmailed by Peggy, who threatened to tell everyone that he rented a porn film. He later married Billy and Honey in September.

Libby Fox

Carla Mitchell

Carla Mitchell
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Christianne Oliveira
Duration 2006
First appearance 26 May 2006
Last appearance 9 June 2006
Profile
Occupation Landlady

Carla Mitchell was the Brazilian wife of Grant Mitchell. She lived in Rio de Janeiro and ran a bar with Grant, before moving to Walford. She doesn't get on well with Grant's daughter Courtney. She also has her own son named Mathias. Grant left her in February 2006 when she had an affair with a man called Ray. She arrived in Walford on 26 May 2006 to try to patch things up with Grant. Grant did not want anything to do with her at first, but he gave in to her pleas and they slept together.

On 5 June, Carla was terrified to find Ray in Albert Square, demanding £12,000 that Carla had stolen from him. When Carla promised to pay him, they slept together. However, Ray hadn't forgotten about the money as Carla had hoped. Carla told Grant that Ray wanted £25,000, in a bid to run back to Rio with Ray. Grant and Carla planned to start a new life in Portugal together with Courtney and Carla's son Mathias. Grant learned of Carla's scam with Ray not long after Ray and Carla's affair began again. Eventually Carla told Grant that she wanted to have his baby. Grant whet Carla's appetite with a wad of cash, supposedly to pay off Ray, but the previous day Grant had ordered Ray to leave the Square with nothing. When Grant was in the shower Carla took the bag of money out onto the Square, but Grant was watching his lying wife through the Vic's bathroom window. Carla then realised that she had been tricked, and as she opened the bag of 'money' she was surprised to discover Grant's pants and socks in the bag and no money. Upon returning to the Vic, Grant and Carla kissed, but Grant took Carla upon his shoulder and dumped her in Gus Smith's litter bin, much to the amusement of Courtney, Gus and more Albert Square residents. Carla returned into the Queen Vic, only to be met with an angry Peggy, who slapped her across the face before her famous 'get outta my pub' line. Carla did so, and has not been seen since.

Ray

Ray
EastEnders character
Portrayed by David Kennedy
Duration 2006
First appearance 5 June 2006
Last appearance 9 June 2006

Ray (also known as Marco) arrived in Walford on 5 June 2006. He had tracked down his ex-lover Carla Mitchell, who had left him in Brazil to return to her husband Grant. Carla had been having an affair with Ray while she was married to Grant.

He followed Carla to Walford to reclaim £12,000 that Carla had stolen from him, but Carla slept with him, telling him that they could get back together. However, Ray told Carla that he still needed the £12,000 back. She went to Grant and told him she needed £25,000.

The next day, Grant and his brother Phil paid a visit to Ray, who told them that he needed the £12,000. When Grant found out that Carla had lied to him he was distraught, giving Ray the opportunity to run from his hotel room. Phil went after him, and while they were gone Grant smashed the room with a baseball bat. After smashing a chest of drawers, Grant found Ray's passport, giving a false name, Marco.

Ray was next seen being pulled from the boot of Phil's Jaguar by Grant outside The Queen Vic. Grant had realised that he was a criminal, and gave him a small amount of money and his passport, directing him to the tube station, telling him never to return. This was Ray's last appearance.

Elaine Jarvis

Elaine Jarvis
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Siân Reeves
Duration 2006
First appearance 8 June 2006
Last appearance 14 July 2006
Profile
Occupation Restaurant manageress

Elaine Jarvis was the manageress of Fargo's restaurant who took a fancy to Kevin Wicks. Kevin dumped her however, when she sacked Chelsea from the restaurant. She then walked in on Kevin passionately kissing Denise Fox.

Owen Turner

Victor Brown

Victor Brown
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jimmy Yuill
Duration 2006
First appearance 15 June 2006
Last appearance 3 November 2006
Profile
Occupation Walford Community Charitable Trust patron

Victor Brown was a patron of the Walford Community Charitable Trust (the WCCT). He is an old friend of Ian Beale, and used to ask him for donations for charity events. He was first seen asking Phil Mitchell to host a World Cup gala in The Queen Vic. Phil refused (on the recommendation of Keith Miller); Ian overheard and phoned Victor offering to host and organise the gala. Victor invited him to sit on a sub-committee, helping to organise the event.

While talking to Ian in The Vic, Victor asked Ian if "Mrs. Beale" would be interested in being involved in the gala. Ian replied that Jane would love to help, leading Victor to believe that Ian and Jane are married. Ian and Victor decided to host the gala in the Square, during the England versus Sweden match, which was very successful. The next day Victor invited Ian to a party, and introduced him to Rob Minter.

Victor appeared again to ask Ian if Jane could help out in an auction the WCCT was organising. Jane agreed, but then told Ian she couldn't do it as it coincided with Peter and Lucy's parents evening. Ian told Victor that his wife would be there, but Jane refused to go, so Ian paid Dawn Swann to pose as his wife.

Jane eventually found out that Dawn had been posing as her, and forced Ian to confess to Victor, and quit the WCCT. Victor's wife Maeve also tried to seduce Ian.

Victor later appeared at Ian and Jane's engagement party, where he told Pat Evans that Maeve had left him after 33 years of marriage.

Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Tom Bennett
Duration 2006
First appearance 16 June 2006
Last appearance 11 August 2006

Steve Clarke was a colleague of Bradley Branning at Eichel Investment Banking, who first appeared in Walford on 16 June 2006, when he went for a drink with Bradley at Scarlet nightclub. Steve started jeering at the exotic dancer, SJ Fletcher, and Bradley joined in, upsetting his girlfriend Stacey Slater. He later appeared in August, and bullied Bradley in The Queen Vic pub, forcing him to buy all the drinks. Bradley's father, Max told Steve to leave Bradley alone, which only sparked more bullying at work, including Steve creating a flash animation of Bradley's head on a baby's body.

Bradley and Steve later found out that they were both up for a promotion at the bank where they worked. Steve was confident in his interview, but Bradley forwarded an abusive e-mail to their boss, Mr. Andrews, which got Steve fired. He was last seen being escorted out of the bank by security after losing his job on 11 August 2006.

SJ Fletcher

SJ Fletcher
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Natasha Beaumont
Duration 2006
First appearance 16 June 2006
Last appearance 12 October 2006
Profile
Occupation Dancer

Sarah-Jane "SJ" Fletcher was played by Natasha Beaumont. SJ moved to England from Australia (a few years before her arrival in Walford) to work in a gentleman's club, but needed somewhere to live because her landlord was selling up. She made her first appearance on 16 June 2006 when her car's tyre deflated in Albert Square. The mechanic, Minty Peterson, helped her out by changing her tyre, and she took him to lunch to say thank you, but 'forgot' her purse.

Soon after, Minty and his flat mate Garry were shocked to see SJ in Scarlet nightclub working as a stripper. They let SJ stay at their flat, although Garry was apprehensive about SJ and didn't want her to stay permanently. Minty was extremely keen on SJ. He enjoyed her company and didn't seem to mind that she rarely paid her way. Garry began to feel pushed aside by his best mate and a certain level of animosity arose whenever SJ was around. Minty was initially oblivious to this and invited SJ on a 2006 FIFA World Cup holiday in Germany that he had planned with Garry. SJ was extremely excited, however but decided not to go on the trip when Garry and Minty started to argue over her. After further arguing, SJ was eventually asked to leave Garry and Minty's flat, she departed for a while but upon her return, she began renting a flat of her own in Walford.

Garry became infuriated with SJ manipulating Minty out of his money, feeling she was little more than a user. Minty would pay SJ's rent, continuously buy her gifts and drinks, give her money and take her out to dinner. Garry also suspected SJ was sleeping with her visitor Sid Clarke, a fellow Australian. SJ denied the allegation and claimed that Sid was her brother, even producing photographic evidence of her and Sid together as kids to prove she wasn't lying. Minty believed her explanation, however it later became clear that SJ was deceiving him and Sid was actually her boyfriend.

Sid and SJ constructed a plan to keep Minty keen on SJ so they could continue to pilfer his money. SJ would flirt and lead Minty on, but the relationship never went further. Nevertheless Minty was quick to believe that there was a possibility he and SJ could eventually be together, so he was more than willing to ply her with money, even if it meant his own life suffered as a result. However, on 2 October 2006, Minty got fed up of SJ using him to buy her drinks in The Queen Vic and shouted at her in the Square. Realising that she was about to lose her 'meal ticket' SJ changed tack. She and Minty reconciled, and started a relationship. The relationship was a sham, as SJ was still seeing Sid, but Minty was over the moon. He became infatuated with SJ, ruining his friendship with Garry and losing his job at the arches in the process, and what little money he did have was quickly squandered by SJ.

After months of using Minty, SJ began to feel guilty. She made it clear to Sid that she cared for Minty and didn't want to keep hurting him, but Sid could only think of the money that he would lose if the scam stopped. SJ tried to convince Sid to go home to Australia with her, so they could have a baby. Sid explained that he couldn't fulfil her needs and SJ ordered him to get out, but quickly changed her mind and ended up in bed with him at the same time she was due to meet Minty for a romantic meal. Meanwhile Garry had discovered that SJ and Sid were an item and while Minty was waiting for SJ to arrive for their meal, he went to his flat to declare that he had seen SJ and Sid kissing. Minty refused to believe him, and in order to prove that he was lying he went to SJ's, entered her flat and was shocked to see her having sex with Sid. The next morning, SJ and Sid had disappeared.

Rob Minter

Max Branning

Tanya Branning

Abi Branning

Lauren Branning

Malma Chaudury

Malma Chaudury
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Shereen Martineau
Duration 2006
First appearance 10 July 2006
Last appearance 11 July 2006
Profile
Occupation Nurse

Malma Chaudury was a staff nurse at Walford General Hospital, where Sonia Fowler is a trainee nurse. She disciplined Sonia on 10 July 2006 for almost using a dirty plaster on a patient, and not being able to inject him. After this, she smelt alcohol on Sonia's breath, as Sonia had been out drinking the previous night. She called Sonia into her office and sent her home, saying that she was being unprofessional. The next day Malma called Sonia and her tutor into her office, and after smelling alcohol on Sonia's breath yet again, her tutor suspended her for two weeks.

Gemma Clewes

Gemma Clewes
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Natalie J. Robb
Duration 2006
First appearance 14 July 2006
Last appearance 18 July 2006

Gemma Clewes was the mistress of Max Branning. Max visited her after an argument with his wife Tanya. After Max reconciled with his wife, he ended his relationship with Gemma. She proceeded to stalk Max, even introducing herself to his estranged son Bradley. The next day, she booked an appointment with Tanya to get a makeover. Bradley saw her waiting to see Tanya and forced her to leave, not wanting her to wreck his sisters', Lauren and Abi's lives like his was when Max left his mother, Rachel, for Tanya.

Caroline Bishop

Caroline Bishop
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Una Stubbs
Duration 2006
First appearance 21 July 2006
Last appearance 9 November 2006

Caroline Bishop, played by Una Stubbs, is the maternal aunt of Honey Mitchell, and acted as a surrogate mother to Honey when her mother Janet died during childbirth. Caroline is outgoing, eccentric and vivacious, and visited Albert Square for Honey's second wedding to Billy Mitchell. Jack brought her with him to Walford, which made Peggy Mitchell jealous.

Caroline later returned to Walford for Honey's third wedding, which was a surprise wedding. She accompanied Honey to hospital when she went into labour, and was collected by her boyfriend, Boot.

When Honey wanted to give Janet up for adoption, she visited Caroline, who revealed that she had once given a child up for adoption herself. She also revealed that Boot had left her, taking some of her possessions with him.

Tony Andrews

Tony Andrews
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Alan McKenna
Duration 2006–07
First appearance 8 August 2006
Last appearance 3 July 2007
Profile
Occupation Banker

Tony Andrews was Bradley Branning's boss at Eichel Investment Banking. He first appeared on 8 August 2006[4] when Bradley was offered a promotion, a job for which he competed with Steve Clarke. Tony appeared again in June 2007 when Bradley and another colleague, Julie, applied for the same job. He has since been relocated to the company's office in Singapore.

Al

Al
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Andrew McKay
Duration 2006
First appearance 10 August 2006
Last appearance 25 August 2006
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Occupation Security guard

Al was a mysterious character who arrived in Albert Square on 10 August 2006, moving into his new home, 93 George Street. Chelsea Fox took an instant liking to him, and he was watched by Sean Slater. He also flirted with Ruby Allen in her nightclub, Scarlet.

He was previously a soldier stationed in Iraq with Sean, until he shot Sean in the back at point-blank range because he thought that Sean slept with his girlfriend before they shipped out. He was acquitted of charges, and moved to Walford.

Sean tracked him down, and planned to kill him until bumping into his sister, Stacey. Sean broke into Al's flat and started threatening and intimidating him. He then told him to finish the job he started, implying that Al should kill him. When Al looked away, Sean head-butted him, tied him up and duct taped his mouth shut to stop his cries. The next time they appeared Sean was taking a bound and gagged Al out of his car. He hung him upside down in a remote location and began torturing him. Al tried to reply to Sean but the tape on his mouth restrained him. Sean then cut Al down leaving him gagged and his feet tied up. He told him never to return to Walford, or he would hang him for real.

Sid Clarke

Sid Clarke
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Simon Gleeson
Duration 2006
First appearance 11 August 2006
Last appearance 12 October 2006

Sid Clarke[5] was the Australian boyfriend of SJ Fletcher. SJ told Minty Peterson that Sid was her brother, so she could continue to use him for his money. Sid made it clear to SJ that he wanted her to bleed Minty dry of all his money, which led to SJ and Minty starting a relationship. SJ confided in Sid that she wanted to return to Australia and have a baby but he could not meet her demands yet. That night, Minty walked in on the pair in bed together. The next morning, SJ and Sid had disappeared.

Australian actor Scott Major auditioned for the role.[6]

Rachel Branning

Rachel Branning
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Sukie Smith (2006)
Pooky Quesnel (2007–10)
Duration 2006–10
First appearance 14 August 2006
Last appearance 5 March 2010
Profile
Date of birth 1969

Rachel Branning is the mother of Bradley Branning, and ex-wife of Max. She arrived in Albert Square when Bradley's grandfather Jim threw him out of his house. She was still bitter about Max cheating on her with Tanya. She attacked Tanya at the opening of Booty. Rachel was determined to split Max and Tanya up so she tried to kiss Max, although he did not reciprocate. She apologised to Tanya that she had kissed Max as part of her plan to split them up. Rachel then returned to Tring.

Rachel returned to the Square on 18 October 2007 to help with preparations for Bradley's wedding to Stacey Slater. She was trying to take control of everything and continually kept making snide remarks about Tanya. She also warned Stacey that she could be next on Max's list of women, but like Tanya, Rachel was unaware of Stacey's affair with Max. Tanya told Rachel to move on, but she remained stuck in the past.

On 3 January 2008, she again returned to the Square after Dot had called her to tell her that Bradley needed her help due to the revelation of Stacey's affair with Max. Rachel took action and told Bradley that he should move in with her to take his mind off things. Bradley first said no, but after second thoughts, agreed to go back to Rachel's. Bradley then left Dot a note, saying to her that he has changed his mind and has gone by himself.

On 12 February 2008, Stacey travelled to Tring to find Bradley again and went to Rachel's house. Rachel was not pleased to see Stacey, still angry at her for hurting Bradley due to her affair with Max and told her that Bradley wanted nothing more to do with her and tried to throw her out. Stacey then told Rachel that she had been pregnant with Bradley's child, but Bradley forced her to have an abortion. Rachel showed sympathy to Stacey and gave her Bradley's address. Bradley later confronted his mum about giving Stacey his address, but Rachel told Bradley she gave Stacey his address because he needs to make a choice about his relationship with her, and that choice must be made.

Bradley travelled to Tring to spend Christmas Day 2008 with her. She came to Walford for Bradley and Syd Chambers' leaving party on 8 October 2009.[7] She made snide remarks towards Tanya, who returned home and convinced Max to come to the party. Rachel got drunk and warned Tanya that Max would always be a cheater, but Tanya defended her husband and told Rachel to move on from her own heartbreak.

Rachel returned on 3 December 2009 when Max needed money, telling her that he needed to forward it to Bradley in Canada, but asked her to make the cheque out to him. Masood Ahmed drives Rachel back to Tring is his taxi but Max notices Rachel did not sign the cheque so he phones her mobile. She removes her seatbelt to reach her bag and Masood falls asleep at the wheel, causing the car to swerve and topple over. Masood is slightly injured but Rachel is hospitalised with a ruptured spleen. When Max visits her she tells him that she knew he was going to forge her signature on the cheque as she had known he was conning her all along, which she explained she had stopped the transfer. Rachel is discharged and visits Max, giving him a cheque for £3,000, saying she does not want to see his children out on the street.

On 22 February 2010, Max contacts Rachel to tell her that Bradley has died after falling from the rooftop of The Queen Victoria public house. Max's sister Carol Jackson phones Rachel about the funeral and she cries on the phone. Rachel makes her final appearance at Bradley's funeral on 5 March, where she lays flowers on his grave with Dot Branning (June Brown).

Maeve Brown

Maeve Brown
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Siobhan Redmond
Duration 2006
First appearance 21 August 2006
Last appearance 25 August 2006

Maeve Brown was the wife of Victor Brown, a patron of the Walford Community Charitable Trust (the WCCT). She was first seen on a weekend retreat, with Victor and his fellow WCCT members, including Rob Minter, Ian Beale and Dawn Swann, posing as Ian's wife, "Jane Beale". She pointed out to Ian that "Jane" was flirting a lot with Rob, and later witnessed them kissing in the hotel corridor. When the real Jane arrived (posing as Ian's nanny, also called Jane) she told Maeve that Ian and "Jane" had an open marriage. This led to Maeve flirting with Ian in his room, and them hiding in the wardrobe when Jane and Victor came in. When Victor found them in the wardrobe, he scorned Maeve for her promiscuous behaviour. They went home together and Maeve hasn't been seen since. When Victor attended Ian and Jane's engagement party, he told Pat Evans that Maeve had left him after 33 years of marriage.

Sean Slater

Janet Mitchell

Stella Crawford

Annie Grey

Doctor Annie Grey, played by Kate Anthony, was a Consultant paediatrician who worked at Walford General Hospital, and advised Billy and Honey Mitchell about what to do when they discovered that their baby, Janet had Down's syndrome. She gave them leaflets but Honey snapped at her.

Liz Turner

Liz Turner
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Kate Williams
Introduced by Kate Harwood (2006)
Diederick Santer (2009, 2010)
Duration 2006, 2009–10
First appearance 12 September 2006
Last appearance 5 August 2010
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Date of birth 5 March
Occupation Market trader (fruit and veg, sweets)

Elizabeth "Liz" Turner, played by Kate Williams, is the mother of Owen Turner (Lee Ross), the abusive ex-husband of Denise Fox (Diane Parish). Initially a recurring character, Liz first appeared on 12 September 2006. She returned in July 2009 on a more regular basis, and in April 2010 it was announced that the character had been axed along with five others by the new executive producer Bryan Kirkwood as part of a plan to "breathe new life into the show".[8] Her final episode was broadcast on 5 August 2010.[9]

Liz arrives in Walford from her home in Spain for Owen's trial, following his arrest for assaulting Denise. When Owen receives a suspended sentence, Liz arranges for him to move to Cardiff with her sister, and tries to take Owen away in a taxi. As the taxi leaves, Owen gets out and tells his mother he needs an alcoholic drink. He returns drunk, and knocks Liz unconscious. She wakes up to find that he has kidnapped his daughter Libby (Belinda Owusu), and tried to kill her and himself. Liz tries to visit Libby in hospital, but Denise lies to her that Libby is sleeping. She then returns to Spain.

She returns three years later for Libby's 18th birthday,[10] and tells Libby that Owen wants her to visit him in prison. Libby does visit him, but regrets it after Denise finds out from her other daughter, Chelsea (Tiana Benjamin). Liz tries to apologise to the Foxes about what Owen did to them, but Denise refuses to accept it. Liz then tries to get to know Libby better, but Libby informs her that Denise does not want Owen back in her life and Libby is going to support her mother's decision, meaning that she is no longer able to spend time with Liz. After an emotional goodbye between grandmother and granddaughter, Liz visits Owen one last time before returning to Spain, but he demands that she cancel her flight. The next week Liz decides to live in Walford, becoming Dot Branning's (June Brown) lodger, which is met with opposition from Denise. She starts working on Ian Beale's (Adam Woodyatt) fruit and veg stall and starts learning dances with Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) for a charity event, and they eventually go on a date.

When Owen is released from prison, he comes to Walford to see Liz, even though his license conditions forbid it. Owen starts a vendetta against Denise's new fiancé Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet), and Lucas calls the police feeling very jealous of his presence to Denise. Lucas has Owen arrested for breaching his licence conditions, and when Liz visits him in prison he fails to convince her that Lucas is not the man everyone thinks he is. Liz orders Owen to get away from Walford, but he confronts Lucas on the day of his wedding to Denise, so Lucas murders him by strangling him with his bow tie. Liz feels guilty as she has sent Owen away from Walford so that he cannot interfere. She constantly tries to call him but thinks he has disowned her after not returning the calls, so she decides to give up and return to Spain. She returns again a few months later, turning up at Lucas and Denise's house, worried that she has not heard from Owen. She enlists Patrick's help, and they discover Owen has not used his mobile phone since the day he disappeared. Liz and Lucas argue over Owen, but Lucas promises to help her find her son. Liz mentions that Owen never fails to send flowers on her birthday, and is relieved when she receives flowers in Owen's name, but is suspicious when they are lilies, as Owen always sends daffodils. She returns to Spain without telling Patrick, but after he speaks to her on the phone, she says she will return to continue searching for Owen.

When Liz returns to Walford, she and Patrick start a relationship. Patrick worries that Liz wants to marry him but is relieved when Liz says she does not want to get married at her age. She decides she cannot continue the relationship without Owen's blessing, so begs Patrick to help find him. However, Denise asks Patrick to ask Liz to back off searching for Owen, and Patrick attempts to end their relationship, but Liz still wants to continue. That night Owen's body is discovered in the Square, and the next day the police inform Liz, leaving her devastated. Liz informs the police that she believes Denise is capable of killing Owen and watches as she is taken in for questioning. Liz then mourns Owen with Libby, but Libby disowns her after finding out that Liz had spoken to the police about Denise. Another body is found, which is identified as Denise's. Liz goes to Denise's wake and Patrick asks her to leave, but Libby says she wants her to stay and she reconciles with her granddaughter. On Libby's birthday, Liz gives her a photo of Owen. Later, she sees Denise and her family run from the house and Lucas being arrested. Patrick tells Liz that Lucas is the one who killed Owen, not Denise. It is revealed that Lucas had been keeping Denise prisoner and the body they buried belonged to someone else.

Liz decides she will return to Spain after Owen's funeral, and Chelsea asks to come with her to start a new life. Denise insists that Libby goes with them for a holiday. Preparing to leave, Liz says a final goodbye to Dot, saying it is hard to meet friends at her age, but Dot remains relatively cold towards Liz, hiding the fact she not want her to leave. Liz then says goodbye to Patrick, saying she will not return to England and that he has missed his chance. Waving goodbye to Walford, Liz leaves in a taxi with Libby and Chelsea.

Graham Stone

Graham Stone
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Simon Robson
Duration 2006
Appears on 14 September 2006
Profile
Occupation Cardiologist

Doctor Graham Stone was the cardiologist who visited Billy and Honey Mitchell with the results of tests on their newborn daughter Janet. He revealed that Janet had holes between the ventricles and atria of her heart, which is common in children with Down's syndrome. He informed them of an operation Janet could have to correct it.

Bryan Nolan

Bryan Nolan
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Mark Springer
Duration 2006
First appearance 18 September 2006
Last appearance 24 December 2006
Profile
Occupation Nurse

Charge Nurse Bryan Nolan works in the special care baby unit at Walford General Hospital. He looked after Janet Mitchell when she was born with Down's syndrome. Janet's parents Billy and Honey Mitchell warmed to Bryan, and Honey was upset when he was on an NHS training course. Bryan heard that Honey wanted to see him, and left the training course. He found Billy and Honey's address and went to their house to visit Honey, convincing her to give Janet a chance. He gave Janet a hat when she left hospital to go home.

He later appeared on Christmas Eve, and spoke to Billy when Janet was ill in hospital again.

Joy Lucas

Joy Lucas
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Doña Croll
Duration 2006
First appearance 21 September 2006
Last appearance 17 October 2006
Profile

Joy Lucas arrived in Walford on 21 September 2006, with her husband Cedric, who was visiting his old friend and bandmate in The Five Hectors, Patrick Trueman. They got lost and asked Denise Fox in the Post Office for directions to Patrick's house. She complimented Patrick's wife Yolande on her cooking, and helped her with the washing up. After Cedric had revealed to Patrick (and his friend Jim) that he was dying, Joy and Cedric left. They stayed in London to visit more friends, and planned to return to their home in Trinidad.

Joy returned in October 2006 to tell Patrick and Yolande that Cedric had died. She attended his funeral and wake, with Patrick, Yolande, and Cedric's other surviving bandmate, Aubrey Valentine. Denise Fox had revealed that her father was in a band called The Five Hectors, and Patrick told Joy and Aubrey that her father was either himself, Cedric, Aubrey, or one of the two other deceased band members. Joy later returned to Trinidad.

Cedric Lucas

Cedric Lucas
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ram John Holder
Duration 2006
First appearance 21 September 2006
Last appearance 22 September 2006
Profile
Date of death 12 October 2006

Cedric Lucas arrived in Walford on 21 September 2006, with his wife Joy, to visit his old friend and bandmate in The Five Hectors, Patrick Trueman. They got lost and asked Denise Fox in the Post Office for directions to Patrick's house. Cedric seemed tired and worn out, and Patrick was shocked when he declined an offer of a glass of rum, and only asked for a small portion of food. Patrick's other guest, Jim Branning, had heard of Cedric's wild reputation from Patrick, and was also shocked at the frail old man he met. When Patrick confronted Cedric, he told him that he was dying of pancreatic cancer, and this was the "farewell tour" - he advised Patrick to enjoy his life, and not take it for granted as he had done. Afterwards, Cedric and Joy left to go home.

After Cedric's death, Denise Fox revealed to Patrick's wife Yolande that she had never known her father but she knew he was in a band called The Five Hectors. It is therefore possible that Cedric was her father.

May Wright

Karin Jones

Karin Jones
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Anna Lauren
Duration 2006
First appearance 26 September 2006
Last appearance 29 September 2006
Profile
Occupation Brewery agent

Karin Jones was a brewery agent who visited Scarlet nightclub in Walford because her colleague, Mr. Thomas, was unavailable. She met with barman Sean Slater, and when the bar manager Jake Moon walked in on them later, Sean's actions implied that he and Karin had just had sex. Karin made her excuses and left the club. She came to the club later in the week, and Jake told her that she could use the office to have her meeting with Sean. Jake went to get Ruby, and dragged her to the office. They found Karin and Sean discussing alcopops. As Karin walked out the door, she zipped her skirt up out of Ruby's sight.

Susan Gilbride

Susan Gilbride
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jemima Abey
Duration 2006
First appearance 10 October 2006
Last appearance 13 October 2006
Profile
Occupation Teacher

Susan "Susie" Gilbride was Rebecca Miller's teacher at Walford Primary School. She was first seen telling Rebecca's mother, Sonia Fowler, that Rebecca's grandmother Pauline had taken her ticket for the school's harvest festival assembly. Susie was then seen at the assembly, where she recognised Rebecca's father, Martin from when they attended Walford Primary School together. Martin also asked Susan if he could give a speech to Rebecca's class about fruit and vegetables.

Aubrey Valentine

Aubrey Valentine
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Joseph Marcell
Duration 2006
First appearance 17 October 2006
Last appearance 30 October 2006

Aubrey Valentine was once a member of a band called The Five Hectors, along with Patrick Trueman, Cedric Lucas and two other men named Dwight and Earl. Aubrey first appeared in Walford on 17 October 2006, for Cedric's funeral. Patrick revealed to Aubrey that local resident Denise Fox knew that her father was in The Five Hectors, but she did not know his name. On realising that he could possibly be Denise's father, Aubrey left the funeral reception.

He later returned and attended a dinner party at Patrick and Yolande's house, with Denise, her boyfriend Kevin, and children Chelsea and Libby. He agreed to take a paternity test for Denise, and stayed with her at Pat Evans' house. He later moved in with Patrick and Yolande when he found out that Patrick and Pat had had an affair. He then got Yolande drunk and they shared a passionate kiss.

When Yolande woke up, she couldn't remember anything beyond the kiss.

Yolande decided to throw Aubrey out of her house, and whilst packing his bag for him, found that he hadn't sent off the paternity test. She confronted Aubrey, who told her that he knew he wasn't Denise's father, but didn't send off the test because he didn't want Patrick to have a daughter when he didn't. He also revealed that he wasn't rich as he had previously stated, and the car he drove was not his, but hired. Aubrey also confessed that he lied about having sex with Yolande, as he was jealous of Patrick having a wife.

Aubrey carried on pretending that he was awaiting the test results, until he made a speech during another dinner party at Pat's house, where he referred to Denise and her daughters as "family", and Yolande exposed him as a fraud. He subsequently told Patrick that he and Yolande had kissed. As he drove away he told Patrick that things hadn't changed, and he always got Patrick's girls.

Nina Brown

Nina Brown
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Victoria Woodward
Duration 2006
Appears on 20 October 2006
Profile
Occupation HMP family liaison officer

Nina Brown was a family liaison officer for Her Majesty's Prison Service. She and her associate, Kate Chole, went to number 23 Albert Square, looking for Ruby Allen. Bert Atkinson directed her to Scarlet nightclub, where they found Ruby and informed her that her father, Johnny, who had previously been incarcerated in prison, had died from a heart attack.

Kate Chole

Kate Chole
EastEnders character
Duration 2006
Appears on 20 October 2006
Profile
Occupation Governing governor

Kate Chole was a governing governor in Her Majesty's Prison Service. She and her associate, Nina Brown, went to number 23 Albert Square, looking for Ruby Allen. Bert Atkinson directed her to Scarlet nightclub, where they found Ruby and informed her that her father, Johnny, who had previously been incarcerated in prison, had died from a heart attack.

Preeti Choraria

Preeti Choraria
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Babita Pohoomull
Created by Kate Harwood
Duration 2006–08
First appearance 27 October 2006
Last appearance 3 January 2008
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Date of birth 26 February 1985
Occupation Beautician

Preeti Choraria, played by Babita Pohoomull,[11] made her first appearance on 27 October 2006[12][13] and she left the Square on 3 January 2008.[14]

On 15 February 2007, during an interview on This Morning, Shilpa Shetty confirmed that she had been asked to take the role of Preeti's sister in EastEnders. Shetty said that after much thought she would be unable to take the role as it would mean all her other arrangements would have to go on hold.[15] However, EastEnders bosses have reportedly denied rumours that Preeti's family were to join the show.[16]

Storylines

Preeti is a beauty therapist working at a beauty parlour called La Jolie Madame, but when Tanya Branning's business starts failing, Tanya's husband Max suggests that she should poach Preeti to work at her beauty parlour, Booty, as Preeti has a large clientele. She has a one-night stand with Sean Slater when his fiancée Ruby Allen is in Venice. Sean's sister Stacey slaps her, but they later become friends.

Preeti attends Tanya's birthday party with colleague Chelsea Fox. She dresses up in high heels and enhances her breasts with padding to impress Mickey Miller, but falls over when she sees him as she is not used to wearing the shoes. When she gets up, Mickey's girlfriend, Li Chong sees the padding and announces it to the pub. Preeti runs back to Chelsea's house, distraught. On Preeti's birthday, Chelsea and Li organise an Ann Summers-style party at Stacey's house. Bradley Branning asks her out after Deano Wicks is unsuccessful in chatting her up. She enters into a full relationship with Bradley but he ends it because he still has feelings for Stacey. She goes on a date with salesman Warren Stamp, but he attacks her, bruising her arm.

When Li manipulates Mickey into becoming an escort, Preeti teaches Mickey the finer arts of massage in an effort to get close to him. When Li discovers this, she is jealous. Li takes the opportunity to pay back Preeti during a ruckus at party held at Shirley Carter's flat by viciously standing on her toe.

She flirts with Mickey when helping him find Gus Smith's dog, Wellard, who has been kidnapped. Preeti continues to hold a torch for Mickey and is put out when he and Gus go on a date with twin sisters Tamara and Tonicha. Mickey, however, remains oblivious to Preeti's affections and merely sees her as a good friend. She is fired by Tanya after vandals break in to the salon after she forgets to lock up the night before. However, Tanya apologises to Preeti about her behaviour and makes it up to her by offering her the position of manager. Preeti accepts her apology but does not want to take the job. She explains that it is time for her to move on, and as she leaves the Square, she bumps into a man who chats her up and she walks away with the mystery man. Preeti is not seen again but is mentioned in 2010 when Chelsea finds a toy that Preeti gave her.

Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ian Virgo
Duration 2006
Appears on 3 November 2006
Profile
Occupation Bar manager

Wayne Thompson was the temporary bar manager of Scarlet. The owner of the club, Ruby Allen, hired him so she could take her boyfriend, Sean Slater, to Venice for a week. Sean was angered by this and threw his keys at Wayne.

Li Chong

Li Chong
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Elaine Tan
Duration 2006–07
First appearance 16 November 2006
Last appearance 12 July 2007
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Entrepreneur

Li Chong, played by Elaine Tan, made her first appearance on 16 November 2006 and her last on 12 July 2007.[17]

Her appearance was officially announced on 21 October 2006, but the character was seen on a storyboard in a backstage picture in First magazine in the week before the announcement.

She was first seen in Walford Videos, where she sold Cantonese DVDs to Mickey Miller. She continued doing business with Mickey, and attracted the attention of Mickey's teenage brother Darren, who told her that Mickey wanted to cook dinner for her, when in fact Darren wanted to seduce her. Li tied Darren to his bed, writing "Loser" on his head in lipstick. After that she got together with Mickey, who seems scared of her "sex madness".

She was later seen at Tanya Branning's birthday party, and exposed rival to Mickey's affections, Preeti, who had enhanced her breasts with padding. She later borrowed £200 from Darren and provided stock for Preeti's Ann Summers-style party. Li failed to sell any stock, and ended up fighting with Chelsea.

Li's relationship with Mickey progressed and they both eventually moved into Gus Smith's flat. It was revealed there that Li was growing cannabis, much to Mickey's fury but she told him that it was innocent and that she wouldn't have to do it if he had good work. When Mickey failed to land the job of a post boy at Bradley Branning's office, Li advertised him as an escort behind his back but Gus saw her and informed Mickey. Mickey then warned Li to cancel the ad.

Li left the square when she found out that Mickey wanted more from their relationship. In shock, she packed her bags and left the Square.

Linda Clarke

Linda Clarke
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Lynda Baron
Duration 2006, 2008–09
First appearance 27 November 2006
Last appearance 6 February 2009
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Date of birth 1949

Linda Clarke, played by Lynda Baron, is the mother of Jane Beale and Christian Clarke. She appeared for a couple of episodes in 2006, and then regularly from November 2008 to February 2009.

Linda surprised her daughter by coming to Walford for Jane's wedding to Ian Beale. Linda instantly caused controversy when she called Ian a bad father after she heard his daughter, Lucy, talking to her friend, Lauren Branning, about strippers. She also criticised Pat Evans's earrings at Jane's hen-party, and berated Jane for wearing white when she was marrying for a second time. Linda revealed that Jane's birth name was Lesley, and continued to call her Lesley during her stay. When Jane's affair with Grant Mitchell was revealed at the wedding ceremony, Linda left Walford and returned to Florida.

Linda returned on 10 November 2008, telling Ian and Jane that she and her husband Roger had gone on separate holidays. Ian asked her to make a cake for Suzy Branning to beat Shirley Carter in a cake-baking competition. However, Linda got upset, started drinking, and made a sloppy effort. Later, in the Queen Vic pub, a very drunk Linda tried to come on to Charlie Slater, offending his girlfriend, Brenda Boyle, in the process. Explaining her actions, Linda admitted to Ian and Jane that she had split up with Roger and was moving in with them.

Linda had not seen Christian for nearly 20 years before she returned to Walford. Initially, Christian intended to keep his distance from his mother but after learning how Lucy and Peter Beale had lost their mother, Cindy, Christian attempted to rebuild his relationship with Linda and she briefly moved in with him. However, Christian announced that he was going to bring up Roxy Mitchell's daughter, Amy, but Linda had doubts as to whether it was the right thing for her son. The following night, after Roxy changed her mind, Linda found that Christian had gone back to his old ways of bringing anyone home. Linda decided to leave him and tell Jane. She appreciated Ian for letting her move in with them and told him she would do whatever she could to help them. She continued to live with the Beales over Christmas.

On 26 January 2009, Linda received a letter from her husband, asking her to come back to him. Confused, Linda looked for solace at the Queen Vic pub, sharing a few drinks with Patrick Trueman, (who was also drowning his sorrows). Later that day, Jane and Denise Wicks found Linda and Patrick kissing passionately. The next day, Patrick told Linda that he hoped for a reconciliation with his wife, Yolande. Trying to put her marriage behind her, Linda decided to stay in Walford but Ian suggested that she move into sheltered accommodation. Later that day, Linda fell and hurt her leg, and Ian thought this was a ploy for her to stay. While Linda was asleep, Ian stole the letter from her husband, and then invited him to fetch her.

On 3 February 2009, Roger arrived at the Beales' house. He declared his affair was over, and asked Linda to return to Florida. While Jane and Ian were positive about this, Christian warned Linda that his father would only hurt her again. Christian suggested that Linda move in with him, but she declined and returned to Florida with Roger.

Since her departure she has been mentioned several times by her family. At Christmas 2009 Jane berated Ian for breaking her present from Linda. In April 2010 Masood Ahmed, upon discovering Christian's affair with his married son Syed, paid for Christian to go visit his mother in Florida but he opted not to go. Jane then went to stay with her for three weeks from May to June 2010 for her birthday after Ian, panicking in case she discovered Lucy's abortion, contacted Linda to ask if Jane could stay with her for a while.

Evie Brown

Evie Brown
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Marji Campi
Duration 2006
First appearance 4 December 2006
Last appearance 8 December 2006
Profile
Date of death 8 December 2006

Evie Brown (previously Atkinson) was the ex-wife of Bert Atkinson. She made her first appearance on 4 December 2006 when Bert visited her in a hospice, where she was dying of breast cancer. She told Bert she still loved him, even though she left him 38 years ago, while he was in prison. She revealed that her and Bert's daughter had died in 2004, also of breast cancer, and that they had a grandson named Jay. Bert and Pat took her to live temporarily with them in Albert Square. While there, she and Bert shared a kiss, and she then told Bert that she wanted him to make contact with Jay, and that neither Jay nor Karen knew Bert existed, as she brought Karen up to believe her second husband, George, was Karen's real father. She died in the front room of 31 Albert Square while talking to Bert and holding his hand. Bert sat with her for two hours until Pat realised she had died. Her funeral took place on 14 December.

Shirley Carter

Lydia Asler

Lydia Asler
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Amy Noble
Duration 2006–07
First appearance 11 December 2006
Last appearance 13 February 2007
Profile
Occupation PR agent

Lydia Asler[18] worked for the PR firm employed by Eichel Investment Banking to organise their Christmas party. She worked alongside Bradley Branning, who represented Eichel, and her colleague, Rhys. She defended Bradley when Rhys bullied him, and invited him out for a drink. She attended the Christmas party, and insulted Stacey Slater, Bradley's girlfriend. This later resulted in Stacey ruining the party and throwing a drink in Lydia's face. After this, Bradley broke up with Stacey, and entered into a relationship with Lydia. Bradley later got bored of Lydia and realised he still loved Stacey. He broke up with her during a Valentine's Day dinner. This was her last appearance.

Jay Brown

Kim Smith

Kim Smith
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Lorraine Arnold
Duration 2006
Appears on 19 December 2006

Kim Smith and her husband Tony were the prospective foster parents of Petal Mitchell. When Petal's parents, Honey and Billy, decided to have her adopted, her social worker Kristina found her a home with Kim and Tony, who had just had one of their foster children adopted. Billy requested a meeting with them, and they came to Walford to pick Petal up. Kim saw that Billy was upset and suggested that they let Billy and Honey to say goodbye to Petal alone. The next day, Petal had to have a heart operation, and Billy and Honey decided to have her back (changing her name to Janet).

Tony Smith

Tony Smith
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Enzo Squillino Jr.
Duration 2006
Appears on 19 December 2006

Tony Smith and his wife Kim were the prospective foster parents of Petal Mitchell. When Petal's parents, Honey and Billy, decided to have her adopted, her social worker Kristina found her a home with Kim and Tony, who had just had one of their foster children adopted. Billy requested a meeting with them, and they came to Walford to pick Petal up. The next day, Petal had to have a heart operation, and Billy and Honey decided to have her back (changing her name to Janet).

Others

Date(s) Character Actor Circumstances
28/4–22/5 Matthew Ian Dunn
21/7/2006, 28/12/2008
20/2/2009, 13/11/2009
4/5/2010, 11/10/2010
24/12/2010, 8/4/2011[19]
PC Lance Giles New A local police officer. He arrested Billy Mitchell for indecent exposure in July 2006, searched for Sean Slater and Amy Mitchell in December 2008 and arrested Whitney Dean for shoplifting in February 2009. In November 2009 he arrests Owen Turner for breach of his licence conditions. He appears again in May 2010 to inform Billy about a car accident that injured his ex-wife Honey Mitchell and killed her father Jack Edwards. In October 2010, he attends the Jacksons' house after Billie Jackson is found dead after a party. In December he attends the Jacksons' again with a colleague when Bianca Butcher is accused of stealing perfume. They search the house and Bianca loses her temper, accidentally slapping Lance. She is then arrested and driven away. In April 2011, he arrests Whitney again for shoplifting. As he is taking her into the police station, Lauren Branning recognizes her and asks what she has been arrested for but he refuses to tell her. Later Lauren confronts him again as he comes out of the police station and he tells her that Whitney has given him a false name. Lauren then gives him her mobile phone number and tells him to give it to Whitney so she can call her when she is released.

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