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Characters: EastEnders

Characters in EastEnders
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Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt)

  • Aesop Amnesia: Occasionally Ian will have an epiphany and realize that he should pride his wife and kids above money... it normally lasts about 2 weeks
  • Fatal Flaw: Greed.
  • Parental Favoritism: Particularly, when Peter and Lucy were played by: Thomas Law and Melissa Suffield. He preferred Peter over Lucy.
    • Shortly before her death, Ian showed intense favoritism toward Lucy naming her his "success story", Peter was not pleased to overhear this.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Played straight with Cindy and Mel.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: His and Cindy's twins: Peter and Lucy.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Though this has largely been forgotten, in the early years, he was desperately trying to win his father's approval.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Alfie Moon , the pair became firm friends after Alfie arrived in Walford in 2004, one's a conman and a near bigamist with a criminal record and the other's a serial spouse with the habit of been a miser they are the best friend either man has ever had.

Dot Branning (June Brown)

Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks currently. Previously, Rebecca Michael, Alexia Demetriou)

  • Bad Samaritan
  • Crying Wolf: most of her family's convinced she murdered her grandmother Lydia
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Janine has no problem with destroying lives, but genuinely seemed horrified by Rob's exploitation of Whitney (though guilt, marginal family loyalty and fear of reprisal helped)
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: the only insult that actually seems to upset Janine is reference to one of her... previous lines of employment.
  • It's All About Me: Janine Butcher will manipulate, con or even murder for her own self gain, all the while genuinely convinced she is Walford's purist Woobie forced into unscrupulous schemes by the cruel world around her.
  • Gold Digger
  • Morality Pet: Billy, Tiff, Whitney and Lydia are the most recent/longstanding examples.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds

Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden)

  • Abusive Parents: But Eric did love him and his siblings despite the violence
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Citizenship Marriage
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: Phil had a real shot at being a pro boxer, but bottled his big chance.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Was one and father Eric was one too.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his core Phil is this, he saved Peter Beale from drowning, took Jay in after Billy lashed out at him and after Lucy's murder comforted a devastated Ian, coming to tears himself
  • Papa Wolf: He staged the scene of Heather's murder as a burglary and destroyed evidence to protect Ben and Jay, he also nearly battered Christian Clarke with a baseball bat when he believed Christian had made a move on Ben.
  • Pet the Dog: Phil took this to a whole new level when Linda Carter's dog Lady Di had a litter of puppies. Phil, noticing the runt of the litter was not breathing, gave the puppy mouth to mouth resuscitation and ensured its survival.

Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson)

Peter Beale (Ben Hardy, previously: Francis Britton-Snell, Alex Stevens, Joseph Shade, James Martin, Thomas Law)

  • Ambigiously Bi: For some reason a lot of fans think the character might be gay. This is despite him having at least 4 on-screen romantic interests
  • Big "NO!": When he learns his twin sister, Lucy, has died, he breaks down screaming in his father's arms
  • Break the Cutie: since Lucy's death he's been trying to stay strong for everyone, but it's clear he's keeping his emotions private and inside he's falling apart
  • Camp Straight: When played by Thomas Law. Good lord. Ben Hardy's portrayal is very different.
  • Dead Guy Junior: He is named after his deceased grandfather, Pete, who died on the day of his birth.
  • Doom Magnet: A serious case could be made. His grandfather died on the day of his birth, his mother died when he was 5, his elder half-brother ran away from home only to return end up shooting Peter's stepmother and then his twin sister dies. Plus, he was nearly killed in a car crash, was set upon and beaten up by a gangster, as well as being attacked by a peadophile. The guy's had it rough.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Since his return as played by Ben Hardy, we've been seeing quite a lot of his very muscular arms. He's also had a shirtless scene
  • Nice Guy: Peter's kind and pleasant to pretty much everyone he meets.
  • The Other Darrin: He been played no less that 6 different actors.
  • Out of Focus: When played by Thomas Law, it was very rare that Peter would get any notable story-lines compared to twin sister Lucy. Peter was so underused that in 2009 he only appeared in 29 out of 212 episodes broadcast that year, leaving him the least seen character of the year. He's had more focus in his 2013 return though
  • Put on a Bus: Was written out between December 2010 and June 2013 when he moved to Devon following an argument with Ian
  • Shirtless Scene: It did at least have some narrative context though

Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick)

Liam Butcher (James Forde currently)

  • Book Dumb: Liam's school grades aren't all that due to the fact he suffers from dyslexia.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Cindy didn't like him back, and to really make things worse she's pregnant by Liam's best friend
  • Nice Guy: Seems to be the only one in his entire family who ever spares a thought for over people
  • Out of Focus: Despite being the eldest of mum Bianca's children, it's very rare for Liam to get any screen time compared to younger siblings Morgan and Tiffany (especially Tiffany). Averted starting in 2013; He now gets story lines of his own because his actor is now over 16.

Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace)

Mo Harris (Laila Morse)

Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker)

Alfie Moon (Shane Ritchie)

  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Sad Clown: Sometimes.
  • Nice Guy: Very Friendly to everyone
  • Beware the Nice Ones:Especially when Kat cheated on him with Derek
  • Only Sane Man: During Stacey's return story, he was deeply concerned about the pregnant Kat and the legal convictions which could occur by assisting a wanted criminal
  • Odd Couple: With Heterosexual Life Partner Ian and later on with his Manipulative Bastard cousin Michael who seemed to actually like him despite sleeping with Kat and fathering Tommy
  • Promotion to Parent: Alfie raised his much younger brother Spencer after the death of their parents with help from their paternal grandmother.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Took a beating meant for Spencer by some gangsters.
  • Big Second Cousin Instinct: Served prison time in place of his younger second cousins Jake and Danny when they committed credit card fraud.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ian Beale, the pair became firm friends after Alfie arrived in Walford in 2004, one's a conman and a near bigamist with a criminal record and the other's a serial spouse with the habit of been a miser they are the best friend either man has ever had.

Bobby Beale (Rory Stroud; previously Alex Francis)

Denise Fox (Diane Parish)

Max Branning (Jake Wood)

  • Abusive Parents
  • Dirty Old Man: Is shaping up to be a slightly younger variant of this, Peter Beale calls him this trope word for word once the secret comes out that he was Lucy Beale's secret sexual liason before she died. Lauren also lampshades how he likes them young.
  • Disappeared Dad: Max and his abandonment of Bradley when he was young.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Played straight with Tanya and Vanessa. A little more debatable with Kirsty.

Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald)

Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa currently. Previously, Madeline Duggan.)

Shirley Carter (Linda Henry)

  • Darkand Troubled Past: She is NOT fond of her dad.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She plays this trope to a tee when she's in the mood (which is most of the time).
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Is revealed to be Mick's mother to a shellshocked Phil during a drunken moment
  • Mama Bear: Used to be this with her younger siblings Mick and Tina, now it sort of extends to their kids.
  • Out of Focus: After Heather's death, she hasn't really done much.
    • Now officially back in the frame with the arrival of her siblings and their family.

Dexter Hartman (Khali Best)

Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick)

  • Adults Are Useless: This has been Jay's experience anyway, he's practically raised himself
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT insult his dead father
  • Beta Couple: He and girlfiend Abi Branning are probably the most stable couple on the whole show
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jay's a nice, laid back easy going guy but he can turn quite nasty and violent if he needs to.
  • Black Best Friend: Best mate Dexter
  • Book Dumb: Though he's hardly The Ditz, Jay is certainly not very academically bright. But what he lacks in Academic smarts he certainly makes up for in street smarts
  • Break the Cutie: Almost too many to count, he's certainly one of the writers favorite punching bags
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Abi, Lola, Kitty and (though not a girl) Ben all displayed attraction towards Jay, did he realize? Nope
  • Deus Angst Machina Life really seems to have no other reason for his existence than to just completely break him down and destroy him at every available opportunity
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments
  • Disappeared Dad: Jay's dad was in prison for the first 11 years of his life, then got out of prison only to be brutally murdered a year later
  • Dogged Nice Guy: His unrequited crushes on Lauren and Lucy in his younger years
  • Incompatible Orientation: It was heavily implied several times that step brother Ben had a crush on him
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Used to be this until around two years ago, now he's dropped the jerk and is just a general Nice Guy
  • Missing Mom: She died of cancer. You can start to see why Jay's The Woobie of the show at times
  • Out of Focus: Currently. He's barely appeared in the last six months, and has being playing second fiddle to Dexter Hartman for over a year.
  • Trauma Congaline: In his six years on the show Jay has lost his grandmother and mother, been abandoned by his grandfather, seen his father get brutally murdered, been placed in care, been beaten by his foster father, witnessed a murder and been emotionally blackmailed and forced to cover it up having clearly negative affects on his mental health and was left homeless, jobless and penniless when the truth came out. All before his 18th birthday.
  • The Woobie: Though originally very boisterous and kind of unsympathetic, Jay grew into a very nice young man..... it was just unfortunate that with that change in personality came a majority of his tragedy.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: His need and desire for a father figure of his own constantly has Jay trying to impress people, most notably Phil Mitchell who treated Jay like one of his own
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on girlfriend Abi with a girl on holiday. To be fair to Jay, he's always strived for a family of his own and Abi had just basically told him she didn't want a kid with him and he was devastated

Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons)

Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack)

Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel)

Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra)

  • I Have No Son
  • The Gambling Addict
  • Hypocrite: a gambling addict who has tried to run off with a (yet another) then-married woman... twice now is it?
    • He gets called on it twice by Syed. Once when he punches Christian even though the Qur'an teaches non-violence and once when he brings up the two examples above.

Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty)

Tiffany Butcher (Originally Dean) (Maisie Smith)

Morgan Butcher (Devon Higgs)

Kim Fox (Tameka Empson)

Fatboy (Ricky Norwood)

  • Jive Turkey
  • Odd Friendship: As his character profile on the BBC EastEnders website states thusly: "You might expect his best mate to be an Asbo-wielding ex-con, but it is in fact bible-bashing octogenarian Dot Branning, who prefers to address him by his real name. She teaches him biblical tracts, he teaches her street lingo. It's a beautiful relationship"
  • Nice Guy: Under all that 'street lingo' is a kind hearted young gentleman who willingly stood up against Whitney's pimp Rob Grayson and befriended Dot Branning whom he affectionately calls "Mrs B".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: But don't take him for granted, after he discovered Whitney had cheated on him with Tyler Moon, he hunted Tyler down and punched him to the ground. He also did not take his father's meddling in his best friend Mercy's life well.

Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell)

Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold)

  • Kissing Cousins: Actually a bit more than that; Lola's third cousin Ben is the father of her daughter Lexi.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Her first storyline involved her finding out she was pregnant at age 15.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Though originally hard faced and troublesome, Lola has matured and is now generally quite nice.
    • She still has her moments where she panics over her motherhood and does some stupid things, but now she is generally nowhere near as fiery as before and keeps a level head. This is most evident where Bianca doesn't pay her immediately, thinking she talked Morgan and Tiffany out of their staple food.

Mick Carter (Danny Dyer)

  • Darkand Troubled Past: Shares this with Shirley.
  • Luke Iam Your Father: His mother is actually Shirley. This puts all the Stan as his father comments to big question
  • Nice Guy: Is very firm but fair to his family and friends.
  • Papa Wolf: Even his own grandfather is not free from his wrath, you dare insult his family and he WILL make you pay for it. Additionally, the scene where he accepts Johnny unconditionally after he comes out of gay was so heartwarming it received acclaim.
  • Tranquil Fury: Mick is a very calm and controlled person to a fault, but when Stan jokes about the mortality of his elder son Lee on duty...that smile is not one of good humor.

Linda Carter (Kellie Bright)

  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially very hostile toward Shirley, however over time they have been able to accept each others presence.
  • Jerkass: Has trouble accepting her son's sexuality at first, later decides to send him to Sharon's new bar as a spy against their competition.

Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White)

  • But Not Too Bi: She sleeps with Billy Mitchell early after they meet but later says it was just a bit of mistaken fun and that she is a lesbian.
  • Lampshade Hanging: She knows people would find it odd that despite claiming to be a lesbian, she has a daughter, and is happy enough to talk about it.
  • Nice Girl: A very caring and nice person, ESPECIALLY toward Cindy.

Johnny Carter (Sam Strike)

  • Break the Cutie: After he came out and his mother refused to acknowledge him. Noticeable is that Johnny had only been on-screen for a week when this happened, he's the quickest cutie to ever be broken. Also, bare in mind that there's probably more on the way; no character as sweet, innocent and cute as Johnny is ever gets it easy
  • Nice Guy: Probably the most realistic and normal young male on the show, Johnny is just out and out sweet to everybody
  • Pretty Boy
  • The Woobie: The way he was outed to his family wasn't nice, and then a few days later he was outed to the entire community by his aunt. It helps the the actor seems to be very talented at doing puppy dog eyes

Les Coker (Roger Sloman)

  • Under Taker: His lifelong occupation, Like Father, Like Son as he confirmed during his first and initially only a guest appearance to arrange Pat Evans' funeral in 2012.
  • Ascended Extra: Les was a guest character who arranged Pat Evans' funeral in early 2012, but returned for a small number of scenes during that year. In 2014 he returned as a regular cast member with his Gossipy Hens wife Pam and references were made to a grandson named Paul.
  • Darker and Edgier: Somewhat the case as he returned in the midst of the mysterious Charlie Cotton storyline and took a backhander from Charlie for arranging the funeral for the presumed dead Nick Cotton
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Cokers unnamed son's early death is rarely discussed but his loss clearly plays on their minds making his parents cheerful and sociable demeanours and pride in their grandson Paul heartbreaking
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However he genuinely seemed unsettled by lying to Dot over the situation despite the backhander he is Happily Married to Pam and supported a devastated Peter Beale when Peter went to see Lucy's body in the Coker and Son's chapel of rest
  • Happily Married: To Pam, his wife of nearly 50 years despite implying he was a client of Pat's in her days as a prostitute to Carol Jackson and David Wicks.
  • Remember the New Guy: Prior to his first appearance, the undertakers used by Walford was never named. Les stated due to his 'friendship' with Pat the funeral of Ian Beale and David Wicks' father Pete Beale was the first of many associated within Albert Square dealt by Coker and Sons.
  • Family Business: The Coker family have been in the funeral business since 1915, Pam fears for their grandson Paul's future, leading to Les blackmailing an angry Charlie Cotton to keep his silence over the funeral of 'Nick'
  • Food As Bribe: Les was bribed by Mick to get Stan to quit being a Lazy Bum around the Vic by pretending to address Stan's funeral arrangements It Works to Mick and Nancy's glee- Les's price? A single malt whiskey. Nancy now considers him a Cool Old Guy because of this.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: In discussion with Billy Mitchell Les revealed that his and Pam's son had died "some time ago" leaving behind his son Paul, whom Les described as the splitting image of his father

Stan Carter (Timothy West)

  • Cool Old Guy: Oddly so, despite his established abrasive ways Stan gives grandson Dean advice on the lack of common sense regarding an affair the lad was having by telling him leaving texts on his phone from his mistress was an idiotic move but not because he was angry at Dean for having a fling but because he could get and did get found out! And was willing to help Dean sell stolen mobile phones for a cut of the profits, naturally.
  • Retired Badass: Served with the British army in Malaysia during the the time of either the Malayan Emergency or the Communist Insurgency War, relating this to Mick and Lee after Lee relived a traumatic event he witnessed in Afghanistan to him and Mick. Worked as a fishmonger after his brief time in the army.
  • Jerkass: At the table for dinner he openly jokes about the 2 homosexual members of the family but what really sends everyone (Especially Mick) over the edge is he jokes Lee might be one but the next time they see him will be in a body bag coming home from tour in Afghanistan.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can on occasion show a softer side to his character despite his established Jerkass ways, he stepped in and comforted his great-granddaughter Nancy after she had a fit and shows real regret over the way he raised Shirley, Mick and Tina and took on grandson Mick as his own son and considers him as such.

     Past 

Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp)

  • Abusive Parents: while Phil was their dad's preferred target, grant was on the receiving end too.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Put his brother in a coma after discovering he had sex with his 1st wife Sharon, could get very jealous over his 2nd wife Tiffany despite not being in love with her, and went on the run from the law for violently beating the man who was sleeping with his 3rd wife Carla.

Mark Fowler (Todd Carty)

Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Mitchell)

Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb)

Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements)

Amira Masood (Preeya Kalidas)

Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott)

  • Mr. Fanservice: They really loved to have him in as little clothing as possible. One example; on his stag night he randomly decides to take all of his clothes off in public and proceeds to run around giving the audience a view of his bare naked bottom.
  • Put on a Bus

Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement)

  • Mama Bear: As long as you're not her actual children.
  • Parental Neglect: She wasn't the best mother to her sons: David and Simon.

Darren Miller (Charlie G. Hawkins)

Anthony Moon (Matt Lapinskas)

Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman)

  • Big Brother Bully
  • Disappeared Dad: To Alice and Joey.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The most prominent villain in 2012, his death? A heart attack.
  • Large Ham: While you can point out numerous instances the "I AM DEREK BRANNING!" line on the 2012 Christmas Episode sounded so cheesy and overdramatic
  • Nice Hat: Wore a Flat cap more often then not when he was undertaking criminal activity

Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe currently. Previously, Charlie Jones)

Jean Slater (Gillian Wright)

Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner)

  • Beware the Nice Ones: After finding out her husband Max had an affair with daughter in law Stacey, Tanya exerted her revenge by burying Max alive

Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia)

Jack Branning (Scott Maslen)

Syed Masood (Marc Elliott)

Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd)

Alice Branning (Jasmyn Banks)

Joey Branning (David Witts)

  • Mr. Fanservice: David Witts is rumored to have had a no nudity agreement put into his contract, however that hasn't stopped the wardrobe department from dressing him in very tight revealing shirts.
  • Kissing Cousins: Lauren
  • Putona Bus: After losing all hope of saving his sister he takes off feeling there is nothing left for him.

Carl White (Daniel Coonan)

Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater; previously: Eva Brittin-Snell, Casey Anne Rothery and Melissa Suffield)

  • Alpha Bitch: Will stop at nothing to get what she wants, best example was her vendetta against former best friend Lauren for getting with Lucy's ex-boyfriend Joey, even though Joey had dumped Lucy before this even happened
  • Break the Haughty: Was generally quite a nasty spoiled daddy's girl until 2012 when her father had a breakdown and went missing leaving Lucy caring for her younger brother Bobby all on her own, bare in mind she was 17 at the time, and the emotional effect it had on her was clear
  • Dawson Casting: Averted. Hetti Bywater who plays Lucy is all most a year younger then her character
  • Depending on the Writer: Lucy can either be a lost, vulnerable girl who lashes out to defend herself or she can just be an out and out bitch
  • Dumb Blonde: Completely averted. Lucy's probably the most intelligent teenager on the show
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed in Walford common by a blow to the head, assailant unknown.
  • Odd Friendship: With the Square's resident Asian Nerd Tamwar Masood
  • Teen Pregnancy: Got pregnant as a sixteen year old but had an abortion


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