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The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1986, by order of first appearance.

Jan Hammond

Neville Agard

Neville Agard
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Gordon Case
Duration 1986
Appeared on 28 January 1986
Profile
Occupation Lawyer

Neville Agard, a corporate lawyer, began a relationship with Hannah Carpenter in 1985. Hannah and her daughter Cassie moved in with Neville and despite the fact that Neville admitted beating Cassie for misbehaving, Hannah planned to marry him.

Hannah was unaware of the extent of Neville's aggression towards Cassie, but when she discovered that he'd beaten her with a riding whip, she confronted him and he turned violent towards her. Hannah left him and returned to her former husband, Tony. Tony confronted Neville off-screen, and returned home covered in his blood after giving him a severe beating.[1]

John Fisher

John Fisher
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Dave Dale
Duration 1986
First appearance 28 January 1986
Last appearance 27 February 1986
Profile
Occupation Drag queen

John Fisher was a drag queen hired by publican Angie Watts in January 1986 to perform for the premier drag night at The Queen Vic. Following the publicity over Angie's drink driving case, she and her husband, Den, worried that the brewery who owned the Vic might find cause to cancel their tenancy, and 'free entertainment' was seen as a way to bolster the evening trade.

The first drag night was a roaring success until Pete Beale started heckling the performer. John mistook Pete's intent, thinking he wanted to join in with the act. John playfully took Pete's pint on-stage and Pete leapt after it, causing a tussle to ensue. Seconds later, Den found himself on the floor untangling the pair. The surprise arrival of Den's mistress, Jan Hammond, prompted Den to close the pub early, so the act was halted prematurely.

Sharon Watts was quite impressed with the drag artiste and thought him to be a caring and sensitive person. When he mentioned that his other job was delivering 'kiss-o-grams', she hatched a plan for starting her own business. John performed several more drag evenings in The Vic. His last appearance was on 27 February 1986.

"Uncle"

"Uncle"
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Leonard Maguire
Duration 1986–88
First appearance 13 February 1986
Last appearance 28 July 1988
Profile
Occupation Pawnbroker

"Uncle" (real name unknown) was a Jewish pawnbroker and friend of Albert and Lou Beale from the Second World War years. He was a semi-regular character and his first appearance on screen was in February 1986, when he visited Lou after 20 years to return Albert's watch, which Lou had recently given to her grandson, Simon Wicks.

Simon had pawned it to pay loan sharks after he borrowed £1,500 for his failed band and after he could pay no more, he came to Walford to hide from them. However, they followed him and he was subsequently forced to pay twice that amount.

While Lou's son-in-law Arthur Fowler was in prison, Uncle loaned his wife Pauline money and he later helped Lou on her will. His last appearance was in July 1988 when he attended Lou's funeral.

Brad Williams

Brad Williams
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EastEnders character
Portrayed by Jonathan Stratt
Duration 1986–89
First appearance 4 March 1986
Last appearance 23 February 1989
Profile
Occupation Gangster

Brad Williams is a fictional character in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He was played by Jonathan Stratt. Brad was a mobster heavy for the East End gangster organization known as The Firm. He was of low importance within the organization and was generally used as an errand boy. He was first seen in March 1986 and over the next two years he would show up occasionally to inform Den Watts (who was working in league with the Firm) of his bosses orders.

Towards the end of 1987 Brad was instructed to scare graphic designer, Colin Russell, who was a jury member in a trial for an associate of the Firm. Brad and Den put pressure on Colin to give a verdict of 'not guilty' at the trial, and when he refused Brad stole his keys and vandalized his flat, causing all sorts of problems for Colin.

During 1988 Brad was seen more frequently, turning up to aid the running of the Firm's business in Walford, Strokes winebar, which was being managed by Den and was really a front for an illegal gambling den. The petty criminal Darren Roberts managed to get on the wrong side of Brad when he tried to play him off against the owner of The Dagmar, James Wilmott-Brown. The Firm's money lending business, 'Walford Investments', were in the process of securing the take over of James' ailing winebar, albeit against his wishes. Darren, sensing an opportunity, promised to provide James protection against the Firm, whilst all the while attempting to get onto the Firm's payroll via Brad. Incensed by Darren's audacity, Brad took him aside and gave him a severe beating, and Darren left Walford shortly after.

In July 1988, Den discovered Kathy Beale after she had been raped by James Wilmott-Brown, and instantly sought revenge. He demanded retribution from his contacts within the Firm, Brad and Joanne Francis, and was enraged when they refused to act. Den managed to persuade Brad to help him anyway by conning him into thinking that James' downfall would please his bosses, and Den watched with glee as the Dagmar burnt down in flames. However the resulting police investigation put the Firm's business in serious jeopardy. They then decided that in order to put a halt to the investigation either Brad or Den had to take the blame for the arson attack. Neither Brad or Den was willing to take the blame, and both were then involved in a personal war to persuade the other to take the rap.

Brad immediately called on the services of Rod Norman (via threats), and forced him to give the police a tip off about Den. The police began questioning Den and realising that he had gotten in way over his head, he decided that he would accept the blame for the arson, but instead of serving time in prison, he decided to flee the country to avoid arrest. The Firm agreed to this and Den was taken into hiding. However the Firm subsequently set up a hit on Den, which failed when he escaped custody and turned himself into the police to avoid the Firm's heavies.

As the Firm busied themselves with ways in which to silence Den from inside, Brad caused more grief by doing a bit of moonlighting; breaking into several people's houses on the Square with an accomplice who worked as a cab driver for Ali Osman. The burglaries resulted in a greater police presence in the area. The Firm were not impressed and Gregory Mantel — a superior member of the Firm — threatened Brad with serious repercussions should his deviance continue. Brad stopped the burglaries, but his accomplice continued without him and was eventually caught by the police and was quick to implicate Brad. The investigating officer, D.I. Ashley, decided to use this piece of information to manipulate the dimwitted Brad. He threatened to put him in prison unless he acted as an informant. Brad was forced to relay information on The Firm. Strokes was closed down as a result and various members of the Firm were arrested. With the Firm under threat from the police, Gregory Mantel decided that Den had to be the informant and made arrangements to have him eliminated.

On the day of Den's trial, Mantel's heavies broke Den out of custody and took him to the Firm's headquarters, where he was greeted by Brad. Brad imprisoned him in a room to await the arrival of Mantel. However, Den was not about to go down without a fight and knowing how easily influenced Brad was, he made one last attempt to secure his freedom. He played upon Brad's fears, relaying that he had heard that Brad was to be the next victim on the Firm's hit-list. Brad was easily swayed and he decided to help Den escape. He lured the other gang member, Marco, into the cell where an awaiting Den jumped him and threw him to the floor, whilst Brad locked him up in Den's place. The two then escaped from the headquarters, and Brad sped off in his car, leaving Den to fend for himself.

Brad immediately went to the police and handed himself in. He promised to confess everything he knew regarding the arson, Den, and the Firm. Meanwhile, Mantel, who was furious with Brad's betrayal, tracked Den down, he was shot and presumed dead for over 14 years. However he returned to Walford in 2003, revealing that he had faked his own death to secure his survival. It was also revealed that a man named Brad had been charged for the arson attack of the Dagmar. Subsequently, Den was no longer wanted by the police.

Charlie Cotton

James Willmott-Brown

Nigel Dean

Nigel Dean
EastEnders character
Duration 1986
Appeared on 17 April 1986
Profile
Occupation Carpet salesman

Nigel Dean was a carpet salesman who visited Pauline Fowler and her mother Lou Beale at number 45 Albert Square on 17 April 1986.[2]

Jestis Scanlon

Jestis Scanlon
EastEnders character
Duration 1986
Appeared on 6 May 1986
Profile
Occupation Gang member

Jestis Scanlon was a protection gang leader who appeared on 6 May 1986.[3]

Vicki Fowler

Lizzie Burton

Lizzie Burton
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Sharon D. Clarke
Duration 1986
Appeared on 29 May 1986
Profile
Home Plaistow

Lizzie Burton was a patient on the maternity ward along with Michelle Fowler. She was having her fourth child. Michelle, who was facing the future as a single mother, asked Lizzie if she had ever contemplated life without her husband. Lizzie said she had thought about it, but it scared her too much to dwell upon it.

Carmel Jackson

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith
EastEnders character
Portrayed by George Irving
Duration 1986
First appearance 8 June 1986
Last appearance 15 June 1986

Trevor Smith was wanted by the police for the armed robbery of a bank in Walford. Trevor had the protection of the East End criminal organisation known as The Firm. They contacted publican, Den Watts, and instructed him to hide Trevor in his pub for several days, in order to escape the police. Den was against this, but he had little choice in the matter.

Albert Square was packed with policemen, who were all hunting for Trevor. This made Den and his wife Angie extremely nervous. Trevor made himself comfortable in the Queen Vic’s living quarters, and he had no qualms about ordering Den around in his own home. Eventually The Firm arranged for Trevor’s getaway. Two men dressed as gas men arrived at the Vic, where one swapped clothes with Trevor and he sped away from Walford in the back of a gas van.

Harry Reynolds

Tessa Parker

Pat Evans

Eddie Hunter

Johnny Earthquake

Johnny Earthquake
EastEnders character
Portrayed by G.B. Zoot Money
Duration 1986
Appeared on 24 June 1986
Profile
Occupation Musician

When Simon Wicks decided to form a band, he auditioned several musicians to join. Johnny Earthquake was one of the hopefuls and he had once had his own band called "Johnny Earthquake and the Tremors." Simon and the other members of the band weren't impressed with Johnny's audition or his obvious penchant for alcohol, so he was not asked to join.

Irene

Irene
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Katherine Parr
Duration 1986–87
First appearance 3 July 1986
Last appearance 16 June 1987
Profile
Date of birth 1919
Date of death 18 June 1987

Irene[4] was the aunt of Lofty Holloway — his mother's sister. Lofty did not have a close relationship with his stern mother, but he doted on his auntie Irene and she was the only relative he had contact with.

Auntie Irene first appeared in July 1986, when her nephew Lofty and his fiancée Michelle Fowler visited her in the nursing home where she lived. She had been told that she only had six months to live, as she had terminal cancer. She told Michelle that she had been in love with a man in 1938, but he was killed in an accident and she had never married.[5]

She attended Lofty and Michelle's wedding in September 1986, only to see her beloved nephew jilted at the altar. Later in the year Lofty and Michelle sorted out their differences and finally got married. Irene worried that Michelle was merely using Lofty, but Michelle promised she would not hurt him. Satisfied, Irene gave their union her blessing and also paid for their honeymoon as a wedding gift.

Irene visited Lofty and Michelle in March 1987, giving Lofty instructions about her funeral.[6] Irene worried that Lofty would not cope once she was gone and tried to make him accept that she would soon be dead. Lofty was distressed at the prospect of losing his aunt and cried into her lap. In June 1987 Lofty went to visit Irene at the hospital. She was in obvious pain and could no longer see. The following episode Lofty heard that his aunt had finally succumbed to the cancer that had been slowly killing her for years. He attended her funeral on 23 June 1987.

Owen Hughes

Owen Hughes
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Philip Brock
Duration 1986
First appearance 22 July 1986
Last appearance 31 July 1986
Profile
Occupation Casual labourer

Owen Hughes was Mark Fowler's Welsh friend who returned to Albert Square with Mark after they worked together on a farm in Wales. He was first introduced sleeping rough in the Fowlers' doorway with Mark, waiting for the family to wake up and let them in.

Owen's most notable characteristics were his obsession with the band Pink Floyd, his 'out there' conversations (particularly about marrows) suggesting he was permanently stoned, and the fact that he had body odour.

Owen and Mark were soon hounded out of Albert Square by Tony Carpenter, after he discovered his 11-year-old daughter Cassie smoking cannabis, which she stole from them. They left in a hurry on Owen's motorbike and Owen was never seen again.

Colin Russell

Sandra Marsh

Sandra Marsh
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Erin Geraghty
Duration 1986
Appeared on 19 August 1986
Profile
Occupation Nurse

Sandra Marsh was a nurse who worked at the same hospital as Andy O'Brien. When she was informed that Andy had been killed in a motor accident, she identified his body and contacted his parents in Glasgow to inform them of his death.[7]

Tom Clements

Tom Clements
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EastEnders character
Portrayed by Donald Tandy
Duration 1986–88
First appearance 26 August 1986
Last appearance 21 April 1988
Profile
Date of death 21 April 1988
Occupation Potman

Tom Clements is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Donald Tandy.

Army war veteran Tom was first seen in Albert Square in August 1986. He lived with his spinster sister in the council house at Number 25 Albert Square and he initially worked for the council as custodian of the community centre. He was also a member of the Walford Allotments where he competed with Arthur Fowler in the growing of leeks and marrows. He managed to win first prize for the best leeks at the Walford & District Allotment Society Show, when he actually stole them from Arthur — the leeks he had been hoping to enter were damaged by Roly the poodle the night before the competition.

After his sister died, Tom sought the female company of Dot Cotton and Pat Wicks, but Dot remained faithful to her marriage vows and Pat thought Tom too old for her boisterous lifestyle.

In 1986, Tom accepted an offer to work as potman at The Queen Vic. He worked for pints and the occasional cash-in-hand. Later on Tom swapped lodgings with Dot and moved next door to the flat at Number 23A Albert Square.

He died at his post in the pub toilets of a heart attack on the 21st April 1988.

With no relatives or close friends, Dot took it upon herself to arrange his funeral and dispose of his personal belongings. She was shocked to find that he carried a small picture of herself in his pocket. Dot was later furious when only she and Ian Beale turned up at his funeral.

Sam Sangers

Sam Sangers
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Alan Ford
Duration 1986
Appeared on 4 September 1986
Profile
Occupation Conman

Sam Sangers was a conman who was tried to con Debbie Wilkins out of her deceased boyfriend, Andy O'Brien's possessions, until Pauline Fowler got involved and sent him away.[8]

Monty Krietman

Monty Krietman
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Charles Rea
Duration 1986
Appeared on 16 September 1986
Profile
Occupation Solicitor

Monty Krietman was a solicitor who was blackmailed by Dr. Harold Legg to handle Dot Cotton's shoplifting case.[9]

Wally Ashton

Wally Ashton
EastEnders character
Duration 1986
Appeared on 18 September 1986
Profile
Occupation Councillor

Wally Ashton was the local councillor in 1986, who appeared on the judging panel at The Queen Vic for a 'Glamorous Granny' competition. He and his fellow judges, Dr. Legg and James Willmott-Brown declared Pauline Fowler the winner, and Sicily Barnes and Sonia Marples second and third place, respectively.

Sonia Marples

Sonia Marples
EastEnders character
Duration 1986
Appeared on 18 September 1986

Sonia Marples was a competitor in a 'Glamorous Granny' competition at The Queen Vic. Judges Wally Ashton, Harold Legg and James Willmott-Brown put her in third place, after Sicily Barnes (who came second) and Pauline Fowler, who won. She won a bottle of wine.

Sicily Barnes

Sicily Barnes
EastEnders character
Duration 1986
Appeared on 18 September 1986

Sicily Barnes was a competitor in a 'Glamorous Granny' competition at The Queen Vic. Judges Wally Ashton, Harold Legg and James Willmott-Brown put her in second place, before Sonia Marples (who came third) and after Pauline Fowler, who won. She got a trophy for coming second, and the compère, Den Watts commented on Sicily's gold-coloured jacket.

Jaggat Singh

Jaggat Singh
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Amerjit Deu
Duration 1986–87
First appearance 6 November 1986
Last appearance 31 December 1987
Profile
Occupation General Practitioner

Doctor Jaggat Singh first arrived in Albert Square in November 1986. He was employed by Dr. Harold Legg to cover the surgery for him several days a week.

Naima Jeffery showed a romantic interest in Jaggat and they went on several dates. Naima's cousin Rezaul Gabir was furious as Jaggat was a Sikh and Naima was Muslim and he tried to provoke Jaggat into a fight in The Queen Vic one night. However, Jaggat just laughed off Rezaul's aggression and they eventually became friends. In the end nothing serious ever developed between Jaggat and Naima anyway, as Naima ended the relationship to marry Farrukh - a suitor from Bangladesh.

Having Lou Beale, Ethel Skinner and Dot Cotton as patients sharpened his interest in the elderly and Jaggat left the Square in December 1987 for full-time work with old people in a Northern home. Shortly before leaving, he persuaded Ethel to move into sheltered housing at Prosper Estate.

Barry Clark

Dario Chimisso

Dario Chimisso
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Marino Mase
Duration 1986
Appeared on 18 November 1986
Profile
Occupation Lawyer

Dario Chimisso — an Italian lawyer — was the romantic interest of Jan Hammond. He took her away on a business trip to Venice, Italy so she could get over her recent split from Den Watts. Here she accidentally bumped into Den, who was there on a second honeymoon with his wife Angie. Den was jealous of Jan's friendship with Dario, even though she claimed it was platonic on her part. However, in August 1987, Jan sent Den a letter informing him that she and Dario had got married on a gondola in Venice. This news upset Den, although it amused his ex-wife, Angie.

Rezaul Gabir

Rezaul Gabir
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Tanveer Ghani
Duration 1986–88
First appearance 11 December 1986
Last appearance 7 January 1988
Profile
Occupation Shopkeeper

Rezaul Gabir arrived in Albert Square in December 1986. He was Naima Jeffery's cousin and had been sent by Naima's family to help her run her grocery store, First Til Last. Naima was extremely angry about Rezaul's arrival, but her family were adamant that he had to stay, so she begrudgingly put up with his presence.

Rezaul was rather bossy, pretentious, chauvinistic and arrogant, and instantly tried to take over the running of the shop. On his first night, Rezaul put forth a scheme to increase the shop's profits and asked for a month's trial. Naima agreed to the trial. Rezaul then proceeded to mark up the shop's items to unreasonably high prices as well as steal money from the till. Naima was furious and to make matters worse it soon became clear that Rezaul had amorous intentions towards her. Naima wasn't remotely interested in Rezaul so she set about finding herself a new boyfriend to put him off. She started dating the Square's new doctor, Jaggat Singh. Rezaul, a Muslim, became very envious when he saw them together and told Naima that she was making a fool of herself, smiling and fawning over a Sikh. This culminated in Rezaul trying to pick a fight with Dr. Singh in The Queen Vic one night, almost getting himself barred in the process.

In April 1987, Naima and Rezaul got into a shouting match when he told her that her family had decided she had to marry him. He was furious when she flatly refused, but later admitted that he was actually relieved and told her he didn't want to marry her either. Naima's defiance displeased her family and they subsequently broke all ties with her. Rezaul, it seemed, was rather impressed with Naima and told her that she was no ordinary Bengali girl as he'd first thought.

Things between Naima and Rezaul improved after this, and when Naima's family eventually sent over another of her cousins for her to marry, he went out of his way to help their blossoming romance. After Naima left England to live in Bangladesh, Rezaul ran The First Til Last in her place for a while. Whilst managing the shop, he caught Charlie Cotton shoplifting and made a citizen's arrest. Charlie then had to appear at the Magistrates' Court and was given a hefty fine. When Naima's family sold the shop to Ashraf Karim at the end of the year, Rezaul left Walford to resume his studies. His last appearance was January 1988.

Others

Date(s) Character(s) Actor(s) Circumstances
5/06 Elaine Michele Winstanley Single mother on Michelle Fowler's maternity ward. She gave both her children up for adoption, and told Michelle she was arrogant for thinking she could bring up a baby on her own.

References

  1. ^ "Neville Agard", walford.net. URL last accessed 2007-04-21.
  2. ^ "Nigel Dean", walford.net. URL last accessed 2007-04-26.
  3. ^ "Jestis Scanlon", walford.net. URL last accessed 2007-04-26.
  4. ^ "Irene Holloway", Walford Web. URL last accessed 2007-04-27.
  5. ^ "THU 03-JUL-87", walford.net. URL last accessed 2007-04-27.
  6. ^ "TUE 31-MAR-87", walford.net. URL last accessed 2007-04-27.
  7. ^ "Sandra Marsh", walford.net. URL last accessed 2007-04-21.
  8. ^ "Sam Sangers", walford.net. URL last accessed 2007-04-22.
  9. ^ "Monty Krietman", walford.net. URL last accessed 2007-04-22.

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