History Trivia / EastEnders

30th Jul '16 9:29:03 AM lilithmercy
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** Kim Medcalf replaced Danniella Westbrook as Sam Mitchell, after the latter was involved in a number of drug incidents. When Westbrook got better, she returned and Medcalf was promptly dropped.

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** Kim Medcalf replaced Danniella Westbrook as Sam Mitchell, after the latter was involved in a number of drug incidents. When Westbrook got better, In 2009 when Sam was reintroduced again after 4 years away, she returned and Medcalf was promptly dropped.portrayed by Westbrook, who had finally kicked her addictions.
2nd Apr '16 11:01:51 AM nombretomado
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The guy who killed Saskia used to play bass guitar in SpandauBallet.
** When ''EastEnders'' was first introduced, its creators tried to avoid casting actors who the viewing public would recognise as "stars". The two main aversions to this were [[Series/AreYouBeingServed Wendy Richard]] and [[Series/GrangeHill Susan Tully]].
** Indeed, many alumni of ''Grange Hill'' ended up appearing in ''EastEnders''. As well as the afore-mentioned Susan Tully (Suzanne Ross in ''Series/GrangeHill'' and Michelle Fowler in ''EastEnders''), both actors to play the role of Mark Fowler appeared in ''Grange Hill''.
** Former ''EastEnders'' actors had a habit of turning up as characters in ''Series/TheBill'': Irene Raymond (Roberta Taylor) = Gina Gold, Mark Fowler Mk II (Todd Carty) = Gabriel Kent, Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) = Beth Green, Natalie Evans (Lucy Speed) = Stevie Moss etc.
*** And vice-versa, especilly after the plug was pulled on ''Series/TheBill''.
** Johnny Allen is [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Captain Price]].
5th Nov '15 7:15:28 PM smalltime
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before Lucy Beale's killer was revealed to be [[spoiler: Bobby]], other culprits considered were [[spoiler: Jane]] and [[spoiler: Cindy]].

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before Lucy Beale's killer it was revealed to be decided [[spoiler: Bobby]], Bobby Beale]] was Lucy's killer, other culprits considered were [[spoiler: Jane]] and [[spoiler: Cindy]].
5th Nov '15 7:14:09 PM smalltime
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before Lucy Beale's killer was revealed to be [[spoiler: Bobby]], other culprits considered were [[spoiler: Jane]] and [[spoiler: Cindy]].
7th Oct '15 9:10:11 AM Digifiend
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* DawsonCasting: Subverted. Wendy Richard, who by the time of this series was over 40 and had been acting for over 25 years, took the role specifically because she was tired of playing younger, "glamorous" characters.

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* DawsonCasting: Subverted. The E20 Gang. Sam Attwater who plays Leon is 24. Poppy, who at a guess is 21/22 is played by Rachel Bright, who is 29 as of June 2013 and Shivani Ghai, who played the 23-24 year old Ayesha was according to reports born in 1975, making her 37/38. Wikipedia however now has her age as a slightly younger 31/32.
** Averted with Michelle Ryan, who was 16 when she was cast as the 16-year-old Zoe Slater.
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Wendy Richard, who by the time of this series was over 40 and had been acting for over 25 years, took the role specifically because she was tired of playing younger, "glamorous" characters.


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* TheOtherDarrin: Mark, Martin, Sam, Peggy, Steven, Peter, Lucy, Janine, [[spoiler: Lauren, Ben, Lucy again]])
** Todd Carty took over the role of Mark Fowler after the original actor, David Scarboro, committed suicide.
** Kim Medcalf replaced Danniella Westbrook as Sam Mitchell, after the latter was involved in a number of drug incidents. When Westbrook got better, she returned and Medcalf was promptly dropped.
** In one of the most bizarre examples of this trope, the producers wanted more ethnic characters in the soap... and so replaced Janine Butcher's original actress, Rebecca Michaels (who was White British) with Alexa Demetriou (who was Southern European). She was restored to her former ethnicity when Demetriou was in turn replaced by Charlie Brooks.
21st Nov '14 5:42:20 AM blueranger
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* DyeingForYourArt: Jill Halfpenny really did have her own hair chopped off for the scene where Chrissie cuts Kate's hair in revenge.
18th Sep '14 8:29:34 AM OlfinBedwere
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* WagTheDirector: June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton is every bit as much a devout Christian in real-life as Dot is on the show. For this reason, she refuses to say anything that might be considered blasphemous, or have Dot do anything un-Christian. Additionally, she forced the writers to add scenes showing Dot celebrating lesser-known Christian holidays such as Maundy Thursday, which she collected charity money for -- though this being ''[=EastEnders=]'', she was promptly mugged and the money stolen.
26th Aug '14 6:28:09 AM StevenT
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* ButIPlayOneOnTV: Evangelical Christian Dot Cotton is played by Jewish actress June Brown.
2nd Feb '14 8:05:16 AM Digifiend
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** Indeed, many alumni of ''Series/Grange Hill'' ended up appearing in ''EastEnders''. As well as the afore-mentioned Susan Tully (Suzanne Ross in ''Series/GrangeHill'' and Michelle Fowler in ''EastEnders''), both actors to play the role of Mark Fowler appeared in ''Grange Hill''.

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** Indeed, many alumni of ''Series/Grange ''Grange Hill'' ended up appearing in ''EastEnders''. As well as the afore-mentioned Susan Tully (Suzanne Ross in ''Series/GrangeHill'' and Michelle Fowler in ''EastEnders''), both actors to play the role of Mark Fowler appeared in ''Grange Hill''.
12th Jan '14 7:20:44 AM UmbraFractus
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* DawsonCasting: Subverted. Wendy Richard, who by the time of this series was over 40 and had been acting for over 25 years, took the role specifically because she was tired of playing younger, "glamorous" characters.
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