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EastEnders is a long running BBC soap opera from the United Kingdom. This is a list of characters who first appeared on the programme during 2009, listed in order of their first appearance. They were all introduced by the show's executive producer, Diederick Santer.


Debra Dean

Debra Dean
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ruth Gemmell
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 5 January 2009
Last appearance 24 July 2009
Profile
Date of birth 7 June 1970
Occupation Waitress

Debra Dean, played by actress Ruth Gemmell, first appears on 5 January 2009.[2] She is the mother of established character Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty), who she left along with Whitney's father, Nathan Dean, when Whitney was very young. Debra kept in touch with Nathan and his partner Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) so Nathan and Bianca could keep her informed about Whitney. Debra is known to have worn a crucifix, which she gave to Whitney before she left. She also gave Whitney a porcelain doll that was broken by Whitney's sister, Tiffany (Maisie Smith).

Debra is first mentioned in late December 2008 when Whitney decides to get in touch, only to discover Debra has not received the letter as Bianca gave her the wrong address. She claims not to have the right address when Whitney asks for it, wanting to protect her, but Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) discovers Bianca is lying and steals it from Bianca's address book, and gives it to Whitney.

Debra and Whitney meet on 5 January at a café where Debra works. Whitney tries to discuss when they had lived together but Debra is not interested. She shows no interest in Whitney, coldly rejecting her, upsetting Whitney so much that she breaks down in tears just after she leaves the café. She goes home and tells Bianca that she is her mother as Whitney felt visiting her birth mother was the biggest mistake she has made.

Whitney does not have any further contact with Debra until 5 June when she arrives unexpectedly. Bianca sends her away but Debra returns a few days later, insisting she wants to get to know her daughter. Bianca tells Ricky Butcher that Debra is not to be trusted and on Whitney's first birthday, she went on holiday with friends instead of being there for her daughter. Debra takes Whitney out for lunch at The Queen Victoria public house, where they start to bond, and Debra confesses that she is homeless. As a result, Whitney asks Bianca to let her stay with them. Whitney helps her sell some counterfeit DVDs. Their bond grows stronger and she surprises Whitney with her plan to move to Greece and asks if she will come. Whitney delightfully accepts, but realises that Debra is using her when she leaves suddenly, giving Whitney a sealed envelope, telling her she will be back for it and tells her not to open it or she would be "sorry".

She returns on 17 July with cuts on her face, just after Ricky leaves, after failing to convince Whitney to go to Brighton with them. Debra says that someone is after her and this turns out to be her son, Ryan Malloy (Neil McDermott). Whitney and Debra go to an abandoned school and retrieve a bag. Debra will not let Whitney see the contents and when they get home, a man who has been stalking Whitney is inside. The man is Ryan and he and Debra argue. When Whitney defends her mother, Ryan tells her she is his mother too. It is revealed that the bag contains a knife that Ryan stabbed somebody with. Ryan returns the next morning and argues with Debra again, causing Whitney to run out and throw the knife into the canal. When she returns, Debra plans to leave but when Whitney tells her about her abuser Tony King and his upcoming trial and says she is going to cook them a family meal, she agrees to stay. When Ryan and Debra are alone, he tells her to leave, insisting she is a bad mother and that Whitney is better off without her. Looking frightened, Debra leaves. In December, Debra sends Ryan a text message to say that she cannot attend Tony's trial to support Whitney and not to contact her again.

Marissa Moore

Marissa Moore
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EastEnders character
Portrayed by Finn Atkins
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 13 January 2009
Last appearance 29 January 2009
Classification Former; guest
Profile
Date of birth 1992
Occupation Prostitute

Marissa Moore, played by Finn Atkins,[3] makes her first on-screen appearance on 13 January 2009, working at the newly opened Gilly's Massage Parlour. The parlour is met with opposition from Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) and Dot Branning (June Brown), amongst other residents. Peggy tries to convince Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) not to serve Marissa in his shop, but Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) sticks up for her and strikes up a friendship with her.[4]

As Kris Green of Digital Spy reports, "Jay (Jamie Borthwick) tries to take his friendship with Marissa (Finn Atkins) to another level. [...] He plans to run away with Marissa. [...] When Jay meets with Marissa, however, he's confused by her behaviour. All's not what it seems with the young female as she brushes Jay off and makes a call and says into the mic: 'I did what you said. Now leave him alone.'"[5]

Atkins discussed her role in an interview with the Nottingham Evening Post. When asked, "The ears of local viewers must have pricked up when they heard Marissa?" Atkins replied, "A lot of people have said that! I've had a lot of nice feedback. When I went for the casting I'd prepared a London accent, but they were like, 'You know what, we prefer your Nottingham accent,' and I was like 'Get in!' A lot of people had assumed I would be giving it the Cockney slang and I said, 'No – I'm doing it with my Nottingham accent.' I kind of felt like I was representing the city." Atkins described the character at some length, noting, "My character, Marissa, was in a lot of scenes with Jamie Borthwick, who plays Jay Brown... Marissa was a runaway who had been let down by people. She arrived in London to stay with a friend, but found the friend wasn't there, so she'd been on her own and the hardship had forced her into prostitution. Obviously that wasn't something that EastEnders could delve too much into, but you got the idea that she was going through hard times. She could seem quite hard but she did have a softer side. I don't know if they'll return to the storyline or not... The character, Marissa, was only 16. Because I'm quite small I can play anything from 15 up to my age or even a bit older."[6]

Grace Dent writes, "I feel sad for Marissa already. Gilly's brothel is a garish tribute to why this really is still a man's world and Marissa's just the faceless droid who masturbates him. I'm not sure that banning Marissa from the [café] so she can't have a bacon sandwich afterwards is really solving anything."[7]

Andy Jones

Andy Jones
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Aneirin Hughes
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 16 January 2009
Last appearance 16 April 2009
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Home Telford

Andy Jones, played by Aneirin Hughes, is the adoptive father of established character Danielle Jones (Lauren Crace). He is mentioned frequently when Danielle arrives in Albert Square in August 2008 to locate her birth mother Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) and makes his first on-screen appearance on 16 January 2009 after Ronnie phones him after Danielle confesses to her about her pregnancy.

Andy asks Danielle to return to their hometown Telford as her brother, Gareth, is getting married. He also says that they will support her through her pregnancy but she says she wants to stay in London. After he leaves, Danielle tells Ronnie that her father has said she should have an abortion and later that evening, books one at the hospital.

Andy is mentioned a month later when Danielle visits him and Gareth after her bond with Ronnie begins falling apart. However, she soon misses Ronnie and Walford. Andy is upset and angry when Danielle tells him about her abortion and how she searched for her biological mother. Danielle decides to return to Walford because of this.

Two months later, Danielle finally reveals her true identity to Ronnie, but is accidentally knocked down and dies. Andy returns and talks to Danielle's friend Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) about the life Danielle had in Walford. When he meets Ronnie again, he realises that she is the woman who gave Danielle up for adoption and blames her for Danielle's death. He returns for Danielle's funeral and does not allow Ronnie to attend but makes amends by telling her about Danielle's childhood. He gives Ronnie Danielle's childhood teddy bear and at first she declines, knowing Danielle means more to him than her, but later accepts for the sake of Danielle. As Ronnie leaves, he talks about Danielle's good nature, saying she must have got it from her mother.

Theo Kelly

Theo Kelly
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EastEnders character
Portrayed by Rolan Bell
Duration 2009
First appearance 26 January 2009
Last appearance 15 June 2009
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Researcher/student

Theo Kelly, played by Rolan Bell, was scripted as a love interest for the character Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin), who, it is claimed, was won over by his "good looks and impeccable manners".[8] He appears between 26 January and 15 June 2009.

According to a BBC news release, "Theo's good looks and manners make him a hit with the ladies on the Square. He seems like the perfect gent". Discussing his casting, Rolan Bell said, "As a lifelong fan of EastEnders it is amazing to be part of the show - everyone has been so welcoming on set. Working with actors such as Rudolph Walker has been a dream come true and I can't wait to see how my character develops on screen."[9] He added, "I auditioned for EastEnders a few years ago when I 'd just left drama school and, quite luckily, I didn't get the part because it was only a small walk-on role. When the audition for Theo came up, I just went for it and gave it all I could."[10]

In an interview with media website Digital Spy, Bell revealed information about his character's personality: "He's a well-to-do guy [...] He's been raised with good manners and he's definitely a mummy's boy. He's the kind of guy that wants to do right by women, but at the same time, he's a bit of a ladies' man. He's quite a gentleman and definitely old-fashioned." According to Bell, the writers of EastEnders pitched Theo as "a young, charming guy with impeccable manners"; however, he revealed that not much about his character's background was revealed in the beginning, so development has been "an organic process".[10]

In February 2009, the character was featured as part of EastEnders' first episode acted by an all-black cast, which received focus in the British media.[11]

Storylines

The character's backstory was revelead by Rolan Bell: "Theo's grown up in a one-parent family in Brixton [...] he's the eldest of his brothers and sisters - he's actually one of six children [...] The father/son relationship is quite distant - almost non-existent - and I think that's why he has the attitude towards women that he has. Theo's seen the pain his mother's been through and he has quite a compassion for women in that situation."[10]

Theo Kelly arrives in Walford in search of Patrick Trueman. He is searching for him on behalf of Tommy Clifford in regard to the 1950s race riots that Patrick was involved with. He introduces Tommy to Patrick, not realising that Tommy is the man who killed Patrick's fiancee during the riots. Theo begins dating Chelsea Fox, who is close to Patrick, but when Tommy's true identity is discovered, Theo falls out with Chelsea, although she eventually forgives him, believing that he was not a part of Tommy's deception.

Chelsea believes she is not intelligent enough for Theo, she strays with a footballer named Ellis in June 2009. Theo is willing to forgive her, but Chelsea rejects him due to her insecurities. Chelsea later dumps Theo in favour of Ellis and later leaves Walford with Ellis. However she returns a few weeks later admitting to her family that she's been the victim of domestic abuse. She has had no further contact with Theo and he has not been seen around Albert Square since.

Roger Clarke

Roger Clarke
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Geoffrey Hutchings
Duration 2009
First appearance 3 February 2009
Last appearance 6 February 2009
Profile
Home Florida

Roger Clarke, played by Geoffrey Hutchings, is the husband of Linda Clarke and father of Jane and Christian. He lives in Florida with his wife and rarely sees his children. He is first mentioned in November 2006 when Linda arrived in Walford for Jane's wedding to Ian Beale, explaining that Roger's absence was due to ill health. He is again mentioned by Linda when she turns up on Ian and Jane's doorstep in November 2008, announcing that Roger has left her and has been having an affair with a nurse named Marion for months. After a few months apart, Roger writes to Linda in January 2009 asking for a reconciliation.

Roger arrives in Walford on 3 February 2009 after being contacted by Ian to take Linda home. Upon his arrival, Roger and Linda reminisce over old times and, after he reveals that he and Marion have gone their separate ways, he declares his love for Linda and asks her to return to Florida with him. After initial doubts, Linda agrees and the couple leave Walford on 6 February 2009.

Syd Chambers

Syd Chambers
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EastEnders character
Portrayed by Nina Toussaint-White
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 6 February 2009
Last appearance 11 December 2009
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Date of birth 1985
Home Toronto, Canada
Occupation Nurse

Sydney "Syd" Chambers is played by Nina Toussaint-White and appeared on screen between 6 February and 11 December 2009. After her first appearance, it was revealed that Syd has a deaf son named Noah.

In January 2009, it was announced that actress Nina Toussaint-White would join EastEnders playing Syd, a new love interest for Bradley Branning (Charlie Clements).[12] Speaking of her part, Toussaint-White said: "I have been a fan of EastEnders for as long as I can remember and I am extremely excited to be working on such a great show. Finding out I got the job was exciting, but standing on the Square for the first time was amazing although very surreal." She added: "I'm looking forward to working with Charlie Clements and seeing what Syd is going to get up to."[12]

Toussaint-White has subsequently claimed that the relationship between Bradley and Syd is an attempt to portray more interracial relationships in EastEnders. However, she also urged the soap to go further in trying to accurately portray the diversity of modern London. Toussaint-White also claimed that her addition in the cast of EastEnders was part of an ongoing process of including more ethnic-minority characters in the show.[13]

The result of Syd's relationship with Bradley is directly linked to the high-profile storyline of Stacey Slater's (Lacey Turner) ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, and her subsequent sectioning.[14]

Storylines

Syd and her dog, Sugar, come to Walford in February 2009 to return Gumbo, Bradley Branning's dog, who had gone missing. Upon meeting Bradley, she accepts his offer of a cup of tea and is seen again in March when Bradley finally plucks up the courage to phone her. Later that evening, they spend time together at his home but are briefly interrupted by Bradley's estranged wife Stacey Slater. Liking the area, Syd moves into the flat above the bookmakers and begins dating Bradley. She finds herself attracted to him as he is different from the other men she has dated, and when Bradley confesses that he is unemployed, she admires his honesty and kisses him, cementing their relationship.

However, she disappears for some time, making Bradley worried that she is no longer interested. When she finally reappears, she insists that she has been busy with her job as a nurse. Bradley, however, remains unconvinced that Syd has feelings for him and, attempting to prove him wrong, she gives him a rose and they sleep together. Bradley is delighted by this but Syd breaks his heart when she finishes with him. After seeing a man leave her flat, Bradley decides to move to Edinburgh until Syd hears about it. She rushes to his house and begs him to reconsider, inviting him to her flat so she can explain her actions. Bradley relents and Syd introduces him to her deaf son Noah, informing him that the man he saw was her babysitter.

When Bradley is admitted to hospital, Max urges Syd to visit him, but she refuses because she does not want to leave Noah. She changes her mind when Noah takes a shine to Bradley and asks about him.

In August, she receives a job offer in Canada. Excited, Noah announces that Bradley is coming with them, but Bradley is worried about leaving his family behind, particularly his grandfather, who has just returned from a nursing home. She is sad but understands his circumstances. Noah too is against the idea of moving to Canada as he has made friends in Walford. After arguing with Stacey, Bradley tells Syd that he will go to Canada with her and Noah whenever she wants. They leave on 9 October but return on 7 December to visit his mother, Rachel, in hospital. However, Bradley tells Syd that he is still in love with Stacey and refuses to return to Canada. She tries but fails to convince him that Stacey is trying to split them up and that he cannot leave Noah. However, he insists he is staying in Walford and says goodbye to them after helping to put their luggage in the car. Heartbroken, she and Noah leave without Bradley.

Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ashley Kumar
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009–10
First appearance 10 February 2009
Last appearance 12 February 2010
Classification Past; regular

Todd Taylor, played by Ashley Kumar, is introduced as a love interest for Whitney Dean. The pair meet at the laundrette on 10 February 2009 when they are doing their laundry. They are later reacquainted when coincidentally Todd is working for Ricky Butcher as a car valet and Whitney accidentally picks up and washed a pair of Todd's boxer-briefs.

Todd is shy but asks her out on a date. Whitney initially is not interested, but later changes her mind. Their first date starts well, but when Todd tells Whitney about his past relationship with another girl, he puts pressure on her, wanting to know about her past relationship too. Whitney runs away when she feels haunted over her sexual abusive relationship with paedophile Tony King. Todd later bumps into Whitney and asks her what was bothering her, but she storms off, although he finds her later again and immediately contact Ricky, where he discovers her drunk in a dark alleyway. The next day Todd visits the Whitney's home to check on her and drops off some chocolates for her. This makes a good impression on Ricky as he states that Todd is a mature person that cares for Whitney, unlike Tony who took advantage of her.

Todd appears two months later after his new boss Darren Miller buys the car lot back from Ricky's manipulative sister Janine Butcher. He meets Whitney again when he comes to play on his Xbox 360. However things do not end as expected when Tiffany Dean, Whitney's adoptive half-sister's pet caterpillar crawls into his clothes and he takes off his shirt in a panic. When Ricky walks into the room, he thinks that Todd is stripping for Whitney and kicks him out. Later on, Todd helped Whitney down from the swing in the playground and she stumbles onto him, which leads her to think he was about to kiss her. Todd later turns up at her home where Ricky apologises for the misunderstanding, along with Whitney making up with him. They go to play on the Xbox again but Todd accidentally stands on the caterpillar, much to Tiffany's dismay. Whitney and Todd decide to just be friends, but Whitney discovers a condom in his wallet, which he left behind by mistake, discovering that he is still thinking of being more than just friends. After trying to apologise to Whitney and telling her his mother made him carry a condom, he is threatened by Whitney's older brother Ryan Malloy into leaving.

He returns in December 2009 when he bumps into Ricky in The Queen Victoria, who thinks Todd may help Whitney take her mind off Tony's abuse trial.[15] Todd goes to see Whitney to give her a Christmas card, saying he hopes they are still friends, and she lets him in. He cooks mince pies and says he wants to be a mechanic like Ricky. Whitney realises that Ricky has put him up to spending time with her but they later play darts together in the pub. However, the next time he invites her out, she turns him down and he embarrasses himself and leaves. Whitney starts ignoring Todd's calls, and she is upset when Ricky invites him to his and Bianca's engagement party on New Year's Eve. When he turns up, Whitney apologises and they kiss after midnight.

Todd and Whitney find Darren asleep on a park bench and help him, as he is freezing cold. Todd reveals he is a first aider. Lucy Beale invites Todd to a house party and he invites Whitney. At the party, Lucy comes onto Todd so Whitney takes him off to a bedroom. He tells her about a girl whose life he once saved when she was choking. They plan to have sex but then change their minds and decide to wait. At a meal with Whitney, Janine and Ryan, Ryan sarcastically makes fun of Todd's anecdotes. When Whitney's step-uncle Billie Jackson arrives for Bianca and Ricky's wedding in February 2010, Whitney shows a clear interest in him and once again starts shunning Todd, much to his jealousy. She later breaks up with him, despite his pleading with her to give him another chance, tells her that he loves her and that he will get a motorbike like Billie if that will impress her, but she remains cold with him, and he is later seen walking away heartbroken.

Pearl Rogers

Pearl Rogers, played by Su Elliot, is a local homeless woman who takes shelter in fish and chip shop Beale's Plaice on 17 February 2009, much to the chagrin of owner Ian Beale. This prompts him to forbid his charitable employee Lucas Johnson to serve her. However, Lucas ignores him and gives her some chips for free. She has a conversation with Dawn Swann when she confides in Pearl about her relationship with Garry Hobbs. During this conversation, Pearl states that she is a widow and her husband died of cancer. She is last seen on 20 February 2009 when Lucas is caught giving free food from Beale's Plaice to her and homeless friends. This leads to Ian and Lucas having an argument and Lucas decides to quit his job.

Trina Johnson

Trina Johnson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Sharon Duncan Brewster
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 23 February 2009
Last appearance 4 September 2009
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Date of birth 1971
Date of death 2 September 2009

Trina Johnson, played by Sharon Duncan Brewster, is introduced as the wife of already established character Lucas Johnson and mother of his son Jordan.

She first appears on 23 February 2009, unexpectedly to Lucas, Jordan and Lucas's fiancée Denise Wicks. At first, Lucas is shocked to see her and tells her that their marriage is over and that he is going to marry Denise. It is revealed that Trina is also a drug addict. After being warned by Patrick Trueman to stay away from them, she shockingly tells him that Lucas spent Christmas with her. She is not seen after this and when Patrick confronts Lucas, he says he has applied for a divorce.

Patrick sees Trina spying on Lucas and Denise kissing, on 19 June 2009. A week later, Lucas reveals to Denise he dislikes Trina because she was a bad mother to Jordan. When he was a baby, he was born addicted to heroin — the reason why she abandoned him. The following week, Trina reveals that Lucas spent Christmas with her, which prompts Denise to throw Lucas out. After being rejected by Lucas, Trina is kicked out of The Queen Victoria public house by barmaid Roxy Mitchell for throwing a drink over Jack Branning. Trina goes to Pat Evans' house where Lucas is staying and comes downstairs in her underwear, asking Lucas to come back to bed, witnessed by Denise who has only just forgiven Lucas.

Trina plays a trick on Denise by telling the police that Denise is abusing Jordan. However, the social worker can find no evidence of abuse. Despite all of her plans to drive them further apart, Trina tells Lucas and Denise that she has agreed to a divorce. However, she also tells them that she is planning to relocate to Walford with Jordan. A few weeks later she returns during an exciting day for Denise's daughter Libby Fox. The family are planning to go to celebrate as Libby has a place to study at Oxford University. Trina turns up and Jordan is ecstatic, but Denise tells Lucas to get rid of her. Outside, he asks her if she is back on drugs to which she walked off, determined to have Lucas back. She sleeps with Lucas again and the next day arranges to meet him in the allotments. They meet in Charlie Slater's shed but as she tries to seduce him he pushes her away and her throat is impaled on a rake. Lucas leaves the shed as she lies bleeding to death. She attempts to phone Denise but dies before the call connects. When Lucas goes in to check on her, he sees she is dead and hears Denise on the phone. He ends the call and assembles evidence around Trina to make it look like she died in an accident whilst taking drugs.

Her body is discovered on 14 September by Jordan and his friend Abi Branning, with Lucas watching from a distance. Trina's death is pronounced as an accident by the police on 29 September 2009.

Manda Best

Syed Masood

Tommy Clifford

Tommy Clifford
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Edward Woodward
Duration 2009
First appearance 23 March 2009
Last appearance 23 April 2009
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Date of death 23 April 2009
Occupation Retired

Tommy Clifford, played by Edward Woodward, is a man who is interested in Patrick Trueman. He is a neighbour of researcher Theo Kelly, who has already met Chelsea Fox and confirmed that she lives with Patrick. Together they want to meet with Patrick and ask him about the 1958 Notting Hill race riots. He makes friends with Patrick, claiming to be an author writing about the riots.

However, it is revealed that Tommy is not an author and he was racist back then. He sincerely apologises and cries when Patrick realises Tommy is the person who started a fire that killed Patrick's fiancée, Ruth. He then goes on to reveal that the reason he is confessing now is because he is dying from kidney failure and does not have long left to live.

Patrick refuses to forgive Tommy, but Libby Fox says that Tommy deserves a chance to explain himself and that Patrick should visit him. He tells her to mind her own business but she later visits Tommy only to find he has been admitted to hospital. Patrick goes with Denise Wicks to visit Tommy in hospital, where Tommy begs for forgiveness, but when he mentions Ruth, Patrick storms out. Denise tells Patrick that the nurse said Tommy will most likely not make it through the night, so decides to go back in and forgive Tommy, who dies with Patrick by his side on 23 April 2009.

Ryan Malloy

Al Jenkins

Amira Shah

Noah Chambers

Noah Chambers
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Micah Thomas
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 19 May 2009
Last appearance 11 December 2009
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Date of birth 2003
Home Toronto, Canada

Noah Chambers is the deaf son of Syd Chambers. He first appears on 19 May 2009 when Syd introduces him to her boyfriend Bradley Branning in a bid to stop him leaving for Edinburgh, as he think she has been unfaithful. Syd is offered a job in Toronto, Canada, and Noah responds by running away. Bradley and Syd find him at the arcade, playing car games. Syd, Noah and Bradley leave for Toronto on 9 October 2009, but return to Walford to see Bradley's mother Rachel who is in hospital after being involved in a car crash. Noah leaves permanently with Syd on 11 December without Bradley as he want to remain in Walford with his ex-wife Stacey Slater, leaving both Noah and Syd heartbroken.

Viv Bates

Viv Bates, played by Dido Miles, first appears on 25 May 2009 when she buys a newspaper and smiles at Billy Mitchell. Billy meets her again in the café and knocks into her, spilling her tea over her, and he buys her another. She appears later on in The Queen Victoria public house where she buys Billy a drink and comes onto him flirtatiously. Billy walks away, and she follows him, revealing her identity as the wife of Terry Bates, the man who murdered Jase Dyer. She threatens that if Billy testifies against Terry, she'll hurt Jase's son Jay Brown, who Billy is legal guardian of.

After Terry is found guilty of murder on 29 May 2009, Viv visits him in his holding cell, saying she will no longer take orders from him. She removes her wedding ring and throws it at him. Terry threatens her, but she absconds, leaving him incarcerated for life.

Bushra Abbasi

Bushra Abbasi
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Pooja Ghai
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009—
First appearance 25 May 2009

Bushra Abbasi, played by Pooja Ghai, is an old friend of Zainab Masood's. She and Zainab attempt to set Zainab's son Syed up with one of Bushra's three daughters. When this fails, they decide to set him up with her fourth daughter Parveen. She requests the services of the Masoods' business, Masala Queen, including for a party on 19 June 2009, where she is impressed with Amira Shah's singing and books them for further events in July.

She is impressed with caterer Christian Clarke and asks if his wife will be joining them at the party. She later tells her friend that she cannot believe Christian is single. When Christian said he just hadn't found the right man yet, Bushra is disgusted, says "your poor mother", and walks off. She later sees Zainab and her family at mosque and helps Zainab home after she suffers a dizzy spell.

In December 2009, she attends Syed and Amira's Mehndi celebration.

Zulekha Abbasi

Zulekha Abbasi
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Lisa Shah
Duration 2009—
First appearance 26 May 2009

Zulekha Abbasi, played by Lisa Shah, is one of Bushra's three "beautiful" daughters that Zainab Masood tries to set up her son Syed on a date with on 26 May 2009. She appears alongside her two sisters who are unnamed and uncredited.

She returns on 29 December 2009 before Syed's wedding to Amira Shah, for their Mehndi where she shows an interest in Syed's younger brother Tamwar, writing a mobile number on his palm. Tamwar arranges a date but is surprised when Zulekha's friend Afia turns up as Zulekha gave him Afia's number instead.

Parveen Abbasi

Parveen Abbasi
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Farzana Dua Elahe
Duration 2009
First appearance 28 May 2009
Last appearance 11 June 2009
Profile
Occupation Student

Parveen Abbasi, played by Farzana Dua Elahe, is Bushra's fourth daughter. She appears on 28 May 2009 when Zainab Masood tries to fix her son Syed on a date with her. She later dumps curry all over him during lunch, but after catching Zainab and Syed's father Masood, she and Syed pretend they are getting on and want to live together and get married. They realise that Syed's parents have set up a hidden camera to spy on them, and eventually expose it, ending the pretence. She also mentions that she has a photographic memory. Her last appearance is on 11 June 2009.

In December 2009, it is revealed by Bushra that Parveen has gone to Washington D.C. to study for a PhD.

James Mackie

James Mackie,[16] played by Paul Keating, is a childhood friend of Christian Clarke's who visits for Christian's birthday on 15 June 2009. James, like Christian, is gay, but they both assert that they are just friends. After going out clubbing, Christian makes advances towards James, but he says he is in a relationship, and Christian asks him to leave. In September, he turns up at Christian's flat saying his partner broke up with him and Christian lets him spend the night. Christian's friend Amira Shah says James and Christian would make a good couple. James confides in Amira's fiancee Syed Masood that he has always been a little bit in love with Christian, but Syed, with whom Christian is having an affair, tells James that Christian doesn't want a relationship. James packs his bags to leave, but after breaking up with Syed, Christian kisses James and asks him to stay. James later thanks Syed for bringing him and Christian together. Christian breaks up with James after kissing Syed again. James is heartbroken and confides in Syed. He moves out of Christian's flat on 29 September 2009.

Joel Reynolds

Joel Reynolds
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Cavan Clerkin
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 6 August 2009
Last appearance 9 October 2009
Profile
Date of birth 29 September 1973
Home London (outside Walford)
Occupation Accountant

Joel C. Reynolds, played by Cavan Clerkin,[17] is the first love of character Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack), having fathered her daughter, Danielle Jones (Lauren Crace), when they were both 14 years old. Danielle was killed off in the show in April 2009. Joel has been mentioned several times since Ronnie joined the show in 2007, most notably when she attends a school reunion hoping he will be there, and then goes to his house to talk, but one of his daughters answers the door, so she leaves.[17] Ronnie also writes him a letter to tell him their daughter died 13 years previously, although this was a lie told by her father Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb), and Joel writes back, but Archie destroys the letter before Ronnie can read it.

EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer said on Clerkin's casting: "[He] is a delightful and subtle actor with a big funny bone. He's grabbed this enigmatic and rather odd character and made it his own."[17] Clerkin said of Joel: "[He] is a nice guy who fantasises about a future with an amazingly beautiful woman, so that's something a lot of men may relate to!"[17]

Storylines

Joel's introduction to the show begins when Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) phones him after stealing Ronnie's address book. She invites him to The Queen Victoria public house and is served by Ronnie. Ronnie sees and recognises Joel when he turns around, and drops their drinks in shock. Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) sends both Joel and Janine out of the pub. Joel's car breaks down and while Ronnie offers to fix it for him, they both talk about the memories of their past and he is reacquainted by Archie who fixes his car. Before he leaves, Joel gives his business card to Ronnie. He and Ronnie later meet up and, although Ronnie discovers a picture of his wife and children, they have sex. Archie warns Joel off the next day and gives him money to stay away from Ronnie. Ronnie goes to his office to ask why he has stopped speaking to her and discovers what Archie did. She tells him to meet her in The Queen Victoria, but Stephanie turns up with their daughters instead to warn Ronnie off him. Ronnie visits Joel's house and forces him to choose between her and his wife. Joel chooses Ronnie and stays with her at The Queen Victoria. Their happiness is then ruined by Ronnie's sister, Roxy (Rita Simons), who reveals that their daughter died four months ago, rather than years ago as he believed. Roxy urges Joel to ask Ronnie about Danielle. He comforts Ronnie, telling her he wishes he could have been there for her. Ronnie tells people she and Joel are trying for a baby, though Joel is unaware that she is trying to get pregnant. When she thinks she is pregnant, he shocks her by telling her he had a vasectomy. Ronnie says he lied to her, but he says he could not find the time to tell her. She admits she is only with him to get pregnant and throws him out. He tells Ronnie that she is "dead on the inside" and walks away with Danielle's locket, which Ronnie had thrown out of her bedroom window.

Stephanie Reynolds

Stephanie Reynolds, played by Claire Lubert, is the wife of Joel Reynolds. She first appears on 10 August 2009 when she picks Joel up in her car outside The Queen Victoria public house. A week later, she turns up at Joel's office when he is talking to his childwood sweetheart, Ronnie Mitchell. She then goes to The Queen Victoria with her three daughters, Annabelle, Hannah and Molly, saying she recognised Ronnie from a photo that Joel had. She warns Ronnie off Joel, saying they will keep the money Ronnie's father Archie paid him to stay away. Ronnie visits Joel's house and forces him to choose between her and his wife. Joel chooses Ronnie and leaves that night. Her last appearance is on 18 August 2009.

Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds, played by Eloise Barnes, is the daughter of Joel Reynolds and his wife, Stephanie, and half-sister of Danielle Jones. She first appears on 17 August 2009 when Stephanie takes her and her sisters, Annabelle and Molly, to The Queen Victoria public house in Walford to warn Ronnie Mitchell to stay away from Joel. Joel eventually leaves Stephanie for Ronnie and moves into the pub. On 11 September 2009, Hannah is seen when she goes for a picnic with her father in the park and on Joel's birthday on 29 September when it is revealed that it is Hannah's 10th birthday as well. Hannah dislikes Ronnie, saying she stole her father from her, and Ronnie tells Hannah about Danielle, becoming increasingly upset as she does so, which scares Hannah.

Orlenda

Orlenda, played by Mary Tamm, is a Russian woman who Charlie Slater meets at the airport in Madeira after splitting up with Brenda Boyle. She comes back to Walford with Charlie on 31 August 2009 but is accused by Mo Harris of being an illegal immigrant. She photographs Orlenda with another man and shows it to Charlie, who confronts her. She admits that she is a scammer but feels that Charlie is too nice for her to go through with it. She returns the money Charlie gave her and leaves Walford on 4 September 2009 along with the man she was seen with.

After her departure, Tamm told entertainment website Digital Spy: "I absolutely loved [being in EastEnders]. It's the Russian background [that got me the role]. My mother, despite spending most of her life in Estonia, was actually Russian. The director I worked with on EastEnders directed me on Brookside and he'd remembered this Russian background so that's why he cast me – because they love to have authenticity where possible. It was great to do and they were all lovely – very friendly and welcoming. It was a very happy experience and I absolutely loved it. Hopefully they'll ask me back, which would be nice."[18]

Adam Best

Adam Best, played by David Proud, is the son of Manda Best (Josie Lawrence). Proud is the first adult actor with a visible disability to appear regularly in the soap.[19] Both Proud and his character live with spina bifida and are wheelchair users, and Adam was introduced to the show as part of a series of measures by the BBC to raise the profile of disabled actors.[20] The character has been described as "self-obsessed" and "snobbish".[19] He makes his first appearance in the episode broadcast on 10 September 2009, with his early storylines revolving around his dislike of his mother's boyfriend, Minty Peterson (Cliff Parisi) and his friendship with Libby Fox (Belinda Owusu).

George Trott

George Trott
EastEnders character
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009—
First appearance 20 October 2009
Profile
Date of birth 23 October 2009
Home 43b Albert Square

George Michael Trott is the son of Heather Trott and Darren Miller, named after his mother's favourite singer, George Michael. He is born in the show, in the episode broadcast on 20 October 2009, though it was actually set three days later. Heather discovers she is pregnant in May 2009, which comes as a shock to her as she is 41 years old. She decides to keep the identity of the father a close secret, however, the possible fathers are Darren, Phil Mitchell, Minty Peterson and Billy Mitchell.[21]

Cheryl Fergison, who plays Heather, revealed to entertainment website Digital Spy how the crew attempted to make Heather's waters breaking appear realistic: "We had several ideas about balloons and gloves filled with water. In the end, I had this balloon between my legs and burst it with my nutcracker thighs. You just see this huge gush! I have to admit, I don't remember a gush myself, but in true EastEnders style, we have a water display! It's all a bit of a shocker and everyone starts panicking."[22] Heather then decides to tell the father about the baby. Fergison commented, "This is where I think the writing's been really clever. When you watch it, you'll see what I mean. They have the suspects — Minty, Phil, Darren and Billy — and all their phones ring. Heather leaves a voicemail on the daddy's phone to let them know that they've become a dad. There are several cuts to all the various suspects and you see each of them flying to the hospital..."[22] The father was revealed to be Darren, played by Charlie G. Hawkins.

Before the father was revealed on screen, Hawkins gave an interview in which he talked about what would happen if Darren was the father: "It would change everything. Darren would worry that [his girlfriend] Libby wouldn't marry him — and what about Libby's parents Denise and Owen? I think he'd be alright as a dad, but he wouldn't want the burden. It'd rock the boat if it was Darren."[23] Darren was revealed to be the father of the baby George Trott in the episode broadcast on 23 October 2009. Fergison told Digital Spy, "Darren will be a good dad but he'll be very businesslike about it. He'll say that he doesn't really want to have anything to do with George but will pay his way for him. You'll see him change, though, and you'll start to see him getting attached. [Heather's friend] Shirley doesn't want Darren to go anywhere near George, though! It'll be interesting to see how they write it from here for Darren, especially with the Libby angle."[24]

Kim Fox

Kim Fox
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Tameka Empson
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 24 November 2009
Last appearance 27 November 2009

Kim Fox, played by Tameka Empson, is the half-sister of Denise Wicks (Diane Parish), who is mentioned several times since Denise's arrival in May 2006. She appears between 24 and 27 November 2009.

Kim and her boyfriend Dexter (Robbie Gee), arrive for Denise's wedding to Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet).[25]. She is shown to be lively in comparison to the calm and controlled Denise, wearing colourful and garish clothes and drinking heavily in the early afternoon, and is horrified when her niece Libby (Belinda Owusu) informs her that the hen night is low key and will consist of a few friends and a magician. Kim cancels the magician and books drag queen Charity Kase instead, which initially horrifies both Denise and Libby but eventually all the women have a great time, with Denise showing her more lively side in the end.

On the morning of the wedding Kim and Dexter get drunk, having brought hip flasks with them and then later finding the rum that Libby has hidden, and end up having an argument when Dexter spills his drink over her new outfit. After Kim bursts into tears when Dexter calls her "easy", Denise sobers her up with black coffee and before the ceremony, she makes up with Dexter. However the next day, whilst having lunch with the newlyweds before they go on their honeymoon, Kim is informed by Denise that Dexter made a pass at Denise's daughter Chelsea. Kim is devastated and argues with Dexter, but in the end takes him back, telling Denise that she cannot live without him. Kim and Dexter, along with Patrick Trueman, Chelsea, Libby and Jordan Johnson, then wave off Lucas and Denise before returning home.

In December 2009, executive producer Diederick Santer was asked by entertainment website Digital Spy if there were plans for Kim and Dexter to return. He said, "There's nothing currently storylined for Kim and Dexter, but they really caught my eye. I know they've caught [future executive producer] Bryan [Kirkwood's] eye, too, because we were only talking about them recently. They work brilliantly with the rest of the family. I hope that if the actors are up for it and if me or Bryan find the right moment, we'll see them again."[26]

Dexter

Dexter
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Robbie Gee
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 24 November 2009
Last appearance 27 November 2009

Dexter, played by Robbie Gee, is the boyfriend of Kim Fox (Tameka Empson). They appear together between 24 and 27 November 2009 for Kim's sister Denise's (Diane Parish) wedding to Lucas Johnson (Don Gilet).[25] Upon his arrival, Dexter instantly sets his eyes on Kim's niece Chelsea. At the wedding reception Dexter flirts with her but she turns him down and threatens to tell Kim about his advances. At this point he instantly feels threatened and backs off. Following the reception, Dexter and Kim stay overnight to see Denise and Lucas leaving for their honeymoon the next day. Chelsea tells Denise about Dexter's behaviour towards her and Denise tells Kim about this. Even though Kim already knows the way Dexter behaves to other women, she still loves him. After a family dinner and seeing Denise and Lucas off, Dexter and Kim return home.

In December 2009, executive producer Diederick Santer was asked by entertainment website Digital Spy if there were plans for Kim and Dexter to return. He said, "There's nothing currently storylined for Kim and Dexter, but they really caught my eye. I know they've caught [future executive producer] Bryan [Kirkwood's] eye, too, because we were only talking about them recently. They work brilliantly with the rest of the family. I hope that if the actors are up for it and if me or Bryan find the right moment, we'll see them again."[26]

Becca Swanson

Becca Swanson
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Simone James
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009, 2010—
First appearance 7 December 2009
Profile
Home 23 Albert Square
Occupation Market stall trader (clothing)

Becca Swanson, played by Simone James, is a friend of Stacey Slater's who Stacey meets when she is staying in a psychiatric hospital.[27][28] When Stacey's mother Jean visits Stacey in hospital on 7 December 2009, Stacey is more interested in Becca. When Jean asks Stacey to come home for one day, Becca tries to convince her not to go. The next day, Jean and Stacey's boyfriend Bradley Branning come to collect Stacey, and Becca and Stacey say an emotional goodbye. Stacey visits her on 19 January 2010 and Becca reveals she is coming out of hospital soon but will be living in Brent Cross meaning it will be difficult for Stacey and Becca to see each other, as they want to stay in touch. Stacey later texts her, inviting her to stay in Albert Square.

When she arrives, she wants to meet everyone that Stacey has told her about, including Max Branning, Bradley's father who Stacey once had an affair with when she was previously married to Bradley. Later, Becca wants to take Stacey out but Bradley does not think she should be going out as she is pregnant. Becca asks Bradley if she is welcome there but he does not answer. In the pub, Becca tells Stacey the doctors thought it was too soon for her to come out and wonders if she should go back. She asks Stacey to call her a taxi. The next day, Stacey will not eat anything, so Bradley brings Becca back to stay and Stacey cheers up. Bradley allows Becca to sleep upstairs in his bed as she is paranoid about Archie Mitchell's murderer living on the Square. Becca tells Bradley that Stacey has told her about Archie, but Stacey assures Bradley that Becca does not know that Archie raped Stacey and that Bradley punched him on Christmas Day. Later, Stacey tells Becca not to say anything about Christmas or Stacey's baby. However, when Stacey auditions for a barmaid job, she goes to drink a cocktail and Becca reveals to everyone that Stacey is pregnant. The next day, Becca and Stacey look for jobs. Becca suggests opening a stall on the market, but Stacey says the market inspector, Mr Lister, hates her. They ask Mr Lister for a chance but he says no. Becca comes up with a plan, steals a suit from the laundrette and dresses up as a businesswoman. She puts on a posh accent and pretends to be from Walford Council, telling Mr Lister that Stacey has lodged a complaint against him and making legal threats, using the name Amanda Swanson. Becca returns the suit and as Stacey and Becca work on their new stall, Mr Lister tells Becca that her 'sister' can stuff her human rights.

Becca starts to think that Stacey does not want her around and thinks that Bradley and Stacey are planning something, but Stacey insists it is not about her. She steals Ronnie Mitchell's hairbrush from The Queen Victoria and tells Stacey that she can take a DNA test to prove the baby is Archie's. Becca is upset when she is not invited to Bradley and Stacey's wedding and thinks that Bradley hates her. Bradley makes things worse when, after Becca says that he cannot take her best friend away from her, he tells Becca that they are planning to move. Becca tries to sneak the hairbrush back into Ronnie's room but Ronnie catches her and Becca tells her that Archie raped Stacey, leading to Stacey's discovery that Archie was infertile. Becca then calls the police about Bradley. Bradley and Stacey flee, but police chase him to a rooftop. Becca watches as Bradley falls from the roof of The Queen Victoria to his death. After visiting him in the chapel of rest, Stacey runs away and Becca and Jean try all they can to find her. Becca gets an address from Max of a flat they used during their affair, but after failing to find her, she decides to places an advertisement for Bradley's funeral service in the Walford Gazette in the hope that Stacey will see it and come to the funeral. On the day of the funeral, Jean prepares a dress for Stacey, but Becca wears it, which leaves Jean furious, and she says Stacey and Bradley were happy until Becca arrived. Stacey fails to turn up at the funeral. Becca comforts Max after the funeral, he is unable to resist her attempt to seduce him, so they kiss.

The next day Max tells her it was a mistake but she attempts to seduce him by stealing his daughter Abi's keys and laying naked on his kitchen table covered in cream and fruit. He tells her to get dressed and get out.

Qadim Shah

Qadim Shah
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Ramon Tikaram
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009–2010
First appearance 17 December 2009
Last appearance 1 January 2010
Classification Former; guest

Qadim Shah, played by Ramon Tikaram, is the father of Amira Shah (Preeya Kalidas). He appears in five episodes between 17 December 2009 and 1 January 2010.

On being cast in the show, Tikaram said: "It's great to be joining a programme that represents a Muslim family in a positive light. It's also fantastic to be working with old friends including Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed) and Preeya Kalidas."[29] Qadim is described as an "intelligent and dynamic man" who "oozes charm and sex appeal", and it is said that the death of his wife left him a "bitter, controlling tyrant".[30]

Qadim is introduced when Amira visits him in prison. They hug and he says he wants to make up for lost time. She tells him she and her boyfriend Syed Masood (Marc Elliott) are back together and are now engaged. Qadim is instantly furious and refuses to give them his blessing. Amira later takes money for the wedding from his safety deposit box without him knowing, using a key she has hidden inside a photo album.

On the day of Amira and Syed's Mehndi celebration, Amira receives a call saying Qadim's lawyer has found a loophole in the law meaning that Qadim can be released. After his release, he interrupts the Mehndi. The next day, Syed's mother Zainab (Nina Wadia) is angry at his actions and Amira is forced to reveal that Qadim has not given his blessing and that she stole the money. Qadim arrives at the Masoods' home and says that Syed does not love Amira and will break her heart. Syed tells him they took his money but Amira interrupts and says it was her idea. Qadim orders her to pack her bags but she defies him and Syed says they will pay back the money. Qadim says angrily says he expects the money the next day in cash and leaves. He returns on the day of the wedding and talks to Amira. When he realises how much Masood has done for her, he gives his blessing and agrees to pay for the wedding.

Afia

Afia, played by Meryl Fernandes,[31] is a niece of Bushra Abbasi. Afia's mother is abroad so Bushra lets Afia stay with her. She first appears on 29 December 2009 for Syed Masood and Amira Shah's Mehndi celebration, which Bushra and her daughter Zulekha attend. Zulekha gives Tamwar Masood Afia's mobile number, though he thinks it is Zulekha's, and arranges a date. He is surprised when Afia turns up instead, and she says he is cute in a "geek chic" way. At Syed and Amira's wedding, Afia gives Tamwar some contact lenses, saying Zulekha might prefer him without his glasses. He confesses to her that he has never kissed a girl "properly", so she proposes if he puts the contacts in, she will give him lessons. They end up kissing more than once. However, Afia believes Tamwar is an Oxford University student and dumps him when she finds out he is not.

Others

Date(s) Character Actor Circumstances
8 January Mr Hathaway (uncredited) Lauren Branning's social worker.
8 January Sarah McCrea unknown A friend and fellow student of Libby Fox and Tamwar Masood who sets up a book club, but is unable to use her home, so uses Tamwar's instead. While Sarah, Libby, Tamwar and their classmates take the club seriously, Libby and Tamwar's mothers, Denise and Zainab crash the meeting and mess around.
16 January Elaine Speight Badria Timimi Jean Slater's care worker, who Jean's daughter Stacey calls after her mother becomes depressed following the departure of her son, Sean. Elaine tells Charlie and Mo off for their intolerance of Jean. She returns a few hours later when Jean admits herself to a psychiatric unit.
23 January Kieran Sam Hoare A member of a stag party at R&R nightclub, who gets angry when the stripper that Ronnie Mitchell booked is late.
23 January Andy (uncredited) The groom of a stag party at R&R.
26 January Mr and Mrs Poulton (uncredited) A couple viewing 18 Albert Square.
29 January,
24–27 August
Don Geoff Leesley A man who Bradley Branning helps with fixing his car, only for him to break the wheel. When Bradley agrees to do something for him, Don leaves his dog Gumbo to Bradley's care. He returns on 24 August to take Gumbo back.
5 February Dr Maynard Eiry Thomas A doctor who oversees Danielle Jones' abortion.
13 February Eddie Will Chitty A man who Heather Trott meets at R&R nightclub, although it is assumed that he is the male escort secretly hired for her by best friend Shirley Carter. It is not known whether he had left due to Shirley assuming that he was the escort that she had booked and berated him to leave.
13 February Tim Tarl Caple A male escort hired for Heather by Shirley, who never actually meets Heather.
13 February Les Finnis Ben Homewood A model scout who spots Dawn Swann walking down Turpin Road, and takes her to a studio to take photo shots of her.
20 February Bing James Seager A man who tries to chat up Dawn Swann in The Queen Victoria.
12 March,[32]
9–11 March 2010[33]
Sergeant Lewis Andy Greenhalgh The desk sergeant when Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell are arrested in 2009. In 2010 he is present when Peggy Mitchell visits Danny Mitchell at the station.
19–23 March Polly Julia Dalkin Lauren Branning's case worker, who is taken for a drink by Max Branning so he can get information about his daughter.[34]
10 April Clive Col Farrell Brenda Boyle's brother. Jean Slater and Mo Harris at first believe he is Brenda's boyfriend. He tells Brenda to tell her boyfriend Charlie Slater something as it is in two months' time. It is revealed in August 2009 that Clive is emigrating to Madeira with his family and Brenda is joining them.
21 April Val Sian Howard Brown Owl in the Brownie group that Heather Trott helps out with.
24 April Roger Matthew Douglas Syed Masood's landlord who comes to visit him. He introduces himself to Syed's father Masood Ahmed who turns his back on Syed for helping him with his money troubles after Roger discloses the fact that Syed owes him the rent for his flat.
30 April Mr McCormick Paul Jerricho Heather Trott's doctor, after she suffers an asthma attack.
12–14 May Lily (uncredited) A woman interested in Max Branning.
5 June,
7–11 September
PC Young Lu Corfield A police officer. In September she investigates a break-in at the community centre.
8 June Iqbal (uncredited) A friend of Zainab's from Mosque, who brings her a generator when the power in Albert Square goes out.
8–11 June Karn Laura Matthews A friend of Theo Kelly's from university. When Chelsea, Theo's girlfriend, becomes wary of her intentions towards Theo, he tells her Karn is a lesbian.
11–16 June Ellis Prince Michael Obiora A local footballer who plays for Walford Town F.C. who Chelsea Fox cheats on Theo with and offers her drugs. She then starts dating him. Chelsea's father Lucas Johnson finds drugs in Chelsea's bag, so he assaults Ellis, then Ellis and Chelsea leave the Square.
2 July Gianfranco Alexander Yepremian A man employed to make coffee at Ian Beale's café, who takes a liking to Christian Clarke.
3 July Steve (uncredited) A vehicle breakdown engineer (towman) who Minty Peterson gives permission to remove his boss Phil Mitchell's Jaguar without Phil's authorisation.
7–9 July Adrian Jeremy Swift A man who works at the antenatal clinic visited by Heather Trott. He later brings Heather's baby scan image to her flat.
9–10 July Hugo Tom Knight A man who sells 27 Albert Square to Archie Mitchell and takes a liking to Peggy Mitchell.
9 July Judy Webber (uncredited) A woman giving facial filler injections using the name Marilyn. Mo Harris claims she is 62 years old but injections have made her appear to be in her forties. Pat Evans and Peggy Mitchell sign up for injections, but Pat recognises her as Judy Webber, a woman in her forties who used to date her son David Wicks.
14–18 July Colin William Keeler A friend of Bobby Beale's. He is bribed originally for £50 by Bobby's father Ian in order for Bobby to win a talent contest. However the plan backfires when another contestant Dotty Cotton deliberately unplugs a socket that Ian has also purposely plugged to make it sound like Bobby was singing, when it is actually Colin.
21 July Dr Simmonds Drew Carter-Cain A psychiatric doctor who speaks to Stacey Slater about the possibility of her having bipolar disorder.
27 July,
29 September
31 December 2009–1 January 2010
Imam Ali Emilio Doorgasingh The imam at the Masoods' mosque who speaks to Syed and Amira about their wedding. In September, Syed confides in him that he has feelings for another man, Christian Clarke. He performs Syed and Amira's wedding ceremony on 1 January 2010.
28 July Luke Mark Wakeling A man who targets Christian Clarke in a homophobic attack, beating him up in his flat.
28 July Mr Lambert (uncredited) A man who applies to be Dot Branning's lodger. He upsets her when he puts his hand on her shoulder after thinking Dot is interested in him. He later attends the speed dating event in The Queen Victoria, where he upsets Roxy Mitchell, who calls him a pervert. He is then ejected from the pub by Ricky Butcher.
17 August Leonie Anna Niland A woman who visits Dot Branning from a nursing home confirming that her husband Jim Branning is ready to return home after recovering from a stroke.
17 August,
29 September
Molly Reynolds (uncredited) Joel and Stephanie Reynolds' daughter and half-sister of Danielle Jones.
17 August, 29 September Annabelle Reynolds (uncredited) Joel and Stephanie Reynolds' daughter and half-sister of Danielle Jones.
24 August Nikki Katarina Gellin A stripper at Garry Hobbs' stag party.
15–18 September DC Deanne Cunningham Zoë Henry A police officer investigating the discovery of Trina Johnson's body.[35]
27 October Dave Paul Shearer A man running an alcoholics' support group at the community centre that is drunkenly crashed by Ian Beale looking for his wife Jane.
12 November Ray Merryn Owen A colleague of Max Branning's.
13 November Lian Klariza Clayton A friend of Lucy Beale's.
13 November PC Lance Giles New A police constable who arrests Owen Turner for breach of his licence conditions.
23 November–3 December Isaacs Tony Pritchard A big-built man hired by a loan shark to collect assets belonging to Phil Mitchell after he fails to pay back a loan. Isaacs and his colleagues also beat Phil up as a warning.
23 November Colin Sydenham Michael Webber When Jordan Johnson tries to get a tree planted in his mother Trina's memory, he stages a protest at the council office, where Colin works. When Chelsea Fox turns up and threatens to cause a scene, he promises the tree will be planted the next day.
23 November PC Shona Blake Catherine Bailey A police officer who comes to The Queen Victoria to arrest Sam Mitchell after she absconds.
4 December Mark Jamie Baughan A friend of Tony King's who approaches Whitney Dean to give her an envelope containing a mobile phone so she can talk to him while he is in prison.
7–11 December Ms Gilroy Clare Kissane The witness service officer at Tony King's trial who shows Whitney around the courtroom.[27][28]
7–18 December Vivien Easley QC Geraldine Alexander Whitney Dean's barrister at Tony King's trial.[27][36]
7 December Fiona Madeleine Bowyer Ian Beale's date he met through the internet.[27][28] She leaves when Ian asks her to pay for their champagne as he brought no money with him, leaving him embarrassed.
7 December Nurse Wilkins Wendy Nottingham[28] A nurse at the psychiatric hospital where Stacey Slater is staying.
8–11 December Tyler Andrew Westfield A County Court bailiff who arrives at Max Branning's house along with his colleague Mickey.[36][37] They put stickers on items they will collect at the end of the week if Max has not paid his debt. They return later to collect Max's assets.
8–18 December Mrs Taylor Jacqueline Defferary[36] Tony King's barrister at his abuse trial.
15 December Barbara Laura Doddington A woman running an antenatal class attended by Masood Ahmed and Zainab Masood.

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The following is a list of minor characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2009, by order of first appearance.


Debra Dean

EastEnders character
Debra Dean

Portrayed by Ruth Gemmell
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009—
First appearance 5 January 2009
Date of birth 7 June 1967
Status Divorced
Occupation Waitress

Debra Dean played by actress Ruth Gemmell made her first appearance on 5 January 2009.[2] Debra is the mother of established character Whitney Dean. Debra walked out on Whitney and her father, Nathan Dean when Whitney was a young child. Debra kept in contact with her ex-husband's last partner Bianca Jackson by giving her her home address just in case Whitney wants to get in contact with her.

Debra is known to have worn a crucifix, which she gave to Whitney before she left. She also gave Whitney a porcelain doll that was broken by Whitney's stepsister, Tiffany.

Debra was first mentioned in late December 2008 when Whitney decided to try and write to her, only to discover she hadn't received it as Bianca had given her the wrong address. When Whitney asked Bianca for the correct address; Bianca said she hadn't got it, but Bianca's ex-sister-in-law Janine Butcher discovered that was a lie. She gave it to Whitney as Janine had found another address for Debra in Bianca's address book.

Debra and Whitney met on January 5, 2009 at a café where Debra worked. Whitney tried to discuss past times that they had together when Whitney was younger. However, Debra wasn't keen and showed no interest in the subject and coldly rejected Whitney for re-entering her life. This had upset Whitney and when she left the café, she took a last look at Debra and walked out, breaking down in tears. She returned home and declared Bianca was her mother as Whitney thought that visiting her birth mother was the biggest mistake she had made.

Whitney did not hear from or see Debra again until 5 June 2009 when Debra turned up unexpectedly. Bianca sent her away but Debra came back on 9 June insisting that she wants to get to know her daughter. Bianca told her ex-husband Ricky Butcher that Debra wasn't to be trusted and on Whitney's first birthday, she went on holiday with some friends instead of celebrating with her daughter. Debra took Whitney out for lunch at The Queen Vic, where they began to bond, and afterwards Debra confessed that she was homeless. As a result, Whitney asked a reluctant Bianca to let her stay at Pat's house. She also tricked Whitney into helping her sell a box of dodgy DVDs. Their bond grew stronger and she surprised Whitney when she tells her that she is planning to move to Greece and asked if she could come. Whitney delightfully accepts, but realised that Debra was using her when her mother decided to leave at the last minute after Whitney realised Debra was using them as a hideout so she wouldn't be traced. She gave Whitney a sealed envelope, telling her she'd be back for it and told her not to open it, otherwise she will regret it and be "sorry". As Debra walked away, Whitney is left devastated holding the envelope.

Sarah McCrea

EastEnders character
Sarah McCrea

Duration 2009
Appeared on 8 January 2009

Sarah McCrea was a friend and fellow student of Libby Fox and Tamwar Masood. She set up a book club, but was unable to use her home, so used Tamwar's instead. While Sarah, Libby, Tamwar and their classmates took the club seriously, Libby and Tamwar's mothers, Denise and Zainab crashed the meeting and messed around.

Marissa Moore

EastEnders character
Marissa Moore

Portrayed by Finn Atkins
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 13 January 2009
Last appearance 29 January 2009
Classification Former; guest
Date of birth 1992
Status Single
Occupation Prostitute

Marissa Moore is a fictional character from the popular BBC One soap opera EastEnders, played by Finn Atkins.[3] Her first on-screen appearance was on 13 January 2009.

Marissa is first seen in Walford working at the newly opened Gilly's Massage Parlour. The parlour is met with opposition from Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor) and Dot Branning (June Brown), amongst other residents. Peggy tries to convince Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) not to serve her in his shop, but Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) sticks up for her and strikes up a friendship with her.[4]

As Kris Green of Digital Spy reports, "Jay (Jamie Borthwick) tries to take his friendship with Marissa (Finn Atkins) to another level. […] He plans to run away with Marissa. […] When Jay meets with Marissa, however, he's confused by her behaviour. All's not what it seems with the young female as she brushes Jay off and makes a call and says into the mic: 'I did what you said. Now leave him alone.'"[5]

Atkins discussed her role in an interview with The Evening Post. When asked, "The ears of local viewers must have pricked up when they heard Marissa?" Atkins replied, "A lot of people have said that! I've had a lot of nice feedback. When I went for the casting I'd prepared a London accent, but they were like, 'You know what, we prefer your Nottingham accent,' and I was like 'Get in!' A lot of people had assumed I would be giving it the Cockney slang and I said, 'No – I'm doing it with my Nottingham accent.' I kind of felt like I was representing the city." Atkins described the character at some length, noting, "My character, Marissa, was in a lot of scenes with Jamie Borthwick, who plays Jay Brown… Marissa was a runaway who had been let down by people. She arrived in London to stay with a friend, but found the friend wasn't there, so she'd been on her own and the hardship had forced her into prostitution. Obviously that wasn't something that EastEnders could delve too much into, but you got the idea that she was going through hard times. She could seem quite hard but she did have a softer side. I don't know if they'll return to the storyline or not… The character, Marissa, was only 16. Because I'm quite small I can play anything from 15 up to my age or even a bit older."[6]

Grace Dent writes, "I feel sad for Marissa already. Gilly's brothel is a garish tribute to why this really is still a man's world and Marissa's just the faceless droid who masturbates him. I'm not sure that banning Marissa from the caff so she can't have a bacon sandwich afterwards is really solving anything."[7]

Elaine Speight

EastEnders character
Elaine Speight

Portrayed by Badria Timimi
Appeared on 16 January 2009
Occupation Social worker

Elaine Speight was Jean Slater's care worker, who Jean's daughter Stacey called after her mother became depressed following the departure of her son, Sean. Elaine told Charlie and Mo off for their intolerance of Jean. She returned a few hours later, when Jean admitted herself to a psychiatric unit.

Andy Jones

EastEnders character
Andy Jones

Portrayed by Aneirin Hughes
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 16 January 2009
Last appearance 16 April 2009
Classification Former; recurring
Status Widowed
Home Telford

Andy Jones is the adoptive father of established character Danielle Jones. He was mentioned frequently when Danielle arrived in Albert Square in August 2008 to locate her birth mother and made his first on screen appearance on January 16, 2009 after Danielle's biological mother Ronnie Mitchell phoned him after Danielle confessed to her about her pregnancy.

Andy pleaded with Danielle to return to their hometown Telford as her adoptive brother Gareth was getting married. He also said that they would support her through her pregnancy but she told him that she wanted to stay in London. After he had left, Danielle told Ronnie that her father had told her to have an abortion and later that evening booked one at the hospital.

Andy was mentioned a month later on February when Danielle decided to visit him and Gareth when her bond with Ronnie began to fall apart. However, she soon began to miss Ronnie and Walford. It was later stated that Andy got extremely upset and angry when Danielle told him about her abortion and how she had searched for her biological mother, Ronnie. Danielle decided to leave Telford and return to Walford because of this.

However, two months later, on 2 April 2009; Danielle finally revealed the truth of her true identity to Ronnie, who at first rejected her, disbelieving her thinking that she was lying because she was previously told by her father Archie that her daughter was dead. But after discovering a locket that Ronnie had given to her baby, she realised that Danielle was actually telling the truth after all. Due to this Ronnie decided to accept her and raced off through the Square to look for her. However when she did, Danielle was accidentally ran over by Janine Butcher, as a result to Danielle tragically dying in Ronnie's arms with Danielle's close friend Stacey Slater, her aunt Roxy and a shocked Janine racked with guilt all barely witnesses her death. After hearing of the tragic news, Andy returned and talked to Stacey about the life Danielle had in Walford. But when he met Ronnie again, he realised that he is staring at the woman who gave Danielle up for adoption and immediately blamed her for killing Danielle with her neglect, leaving them both distraught and traumatised.

He reappeared again on April 14 and 16, 2009, for Danielle's funeral, he did not allow Ronnie to attend the funeral, however he did make amendments with her by telling her about Danielle's childhood. He gave Ronnie Danielle's childhood teddy bear named Digby. At first she declined, knowing Danielle meant so much to him than her, but she later accepted for the sake of Danielle. As Ronnie left he spoke about Danielle's good nature and said 'she must get it from her mother'.

Theo Kelly

EastEnders character

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Theo Kelly

Portrayed by Rolan Bell
Duration 2009
First appearance 26 January 2009
Last appearance 11 June 2009
Classification Former; regular
Status Single
Occupation Researcher

Theo Kelly is a fictional character from the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Rolan Bell. He made his first appearance on 26 January, 2009.

Introduced by Diederick Santer, Theo was scripted as a love interest for the character Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin), who, it is claimed, was won over by his "good looks and impeccable manners".[8]

According to a BBC news release, "Theo's good looks and manners make him a hit with the ladies on the Square. He seems like the perfect gent". Discussing his casting, Rolan Bell said, "As a lifelong fan of EastEnders it is amazing to be part of the show - everyone has been so welcoming on set. Working with actors such as Rudolph Walker has been a dream come true and I can't wait to see how my character develops on screen."[9] He added, "I auditioned for EastEnders a few years ago when I 'd just left drama school and, quite luckily, I didn't get the part because it was only a small walk-on role. When the audition for Theo came up, I just went for it and gave it all I could."[10]

In an interview with media website Digital Spy, Rolan Bell revealed information about his character's personality: "He's a well-to-do guy [...] He's been raised with good manners and he's definitely a mummy's boy. He's the kind of guy that wants to do right by women, but at the same time, he's a bit of a ladies' man. He's quite a gentleman and definitely old-fashioned." According to Bell, the writers of EastEnders pitched Theo as "a young, charming guy with impeccable manners"; however, he revealed that not much about his character's background was revealed in the beginning, so development has been "an organic process".[10]

In February 2009, the character was featured as part of EastEnders' first episode acted by an all-black cast, which received focus in the Bristish media.[11]

Storylines

The character's backstory was revelead by Rolan Bell: "Theo's grown up in a one-parent family in Brixton [...] he's the eldest of his brothers and sisters - he's actually one of six children [...] The father/son relationship is quite distant - almost non-existent - and I think that's why he has the attitude towards women that he has. Theo's seen the pain his mother's been through and he has quite a compassion for women in that situation."[10]

Theo Kelly arrives in Walford in search of Patrick Trueman. He is searching for him on behalf of Tommy Clifford in regard to the 1950s race riots that Patrick was involved with. He introduces Tommy to Patrick, not realising that Tommy is the man who killed Patrick's finace during the riots. Theo begins dating Chelsea Fox, who is close to Patrick, but when Tommy's true identity is discovered, Theo falls out with Chelsea, although she eventually forgives him, believing that he was not a part of Tommy's deception.

Chelsea believes she is not intelligent enough for Theo; she strays with a footballer named Ellis in June 2009. Theo is willing to forgive her, but Chelsea rejects him due to her insecurities.

Roger Clarke

EastEnders character
Roger Clarke

Portrayed by Geoffrey Hutchings
Duration 2009
First appearance 3 February 2009
Last appearance 6 February 2009
Status Married
Home Florida

Roger Clarke was the husband of Linda Clarke and father of Jane and Christian and has lived in Florida with his wife for many years, rarely seeing his children. He was first mentioned in November 2006 when Linda arrived in Walford for their daughter Jane's wedding to Ian Beale, explaining that Roger's absence was due to ill health. He was then again mentioned by Linda when she turned up on Ian and Jane's doorstep in November 2008, announcing that Roger had left her and had been having an affair with a nurse named Marion for months. After a few months apart, Roger then wrote to Linda in January 2009 asking for a reconciliation.

Roger arrived in Walford on 3 February 2009 after being contacted by his son-in-law Ian to take Linda home. Upon his arrival Roger and Linda reminisced over old times and, after he revealed that he and Marion had gone their separate ways, he declared his love for her and asked her to return to Florida with him. After initial doubts, Linda agreed and the couple left Walford on 6 February 2009.

Todd Taylor

EastEnders character
Todd Taylor

Portrayed by Ashley Kumar
Duration 2009—
First appearance 10 February 2009
Last appearance 28 April 2009
Status Single
Occupation Car valetor at Pat Cars

Todd Taylor was a love interest for Whitney Dean. The pair met at the Laundrette when they were doing their laundry. They were later reacquainted when coincidentally Todd was working for Ricky Butcher as a car valet at Pat Cars and Whitney had accidentally picked up and washed a pair of Todd's boxerbriefs. Todd had a shy appearance and asked her out on a date; but Whitney initially wasn't interested although, after having doubts, she changed her mind.
On their first date together, everything was progressed according to plan; however when Todd told her about his past relationship with another girl, he put pressure on Whitney; wanted to know about her past relationship too. This resulted in Whitney running away when she felt haunted over her sexual abusive relationship with paedophile Tony King. Todd bumped into Whitney near the square flowerbeds; asked her what was bothering her, but she stormed off, although he found her later again and immediately contacted Ricky, where he discovered her drunk in a dark alleyway.
The next day Todd visited the Jacksons' at Pat Evans' house to check on Whitney and dropped off some chocolates for her. This had made a good impression to Ricky as he stated that he was a mature person that cared for Whitney, unlike Tony who took advantage of her.

Todd appeared two months later after new boss Darren Miller brought the car lot back from Ricky's manipulative sister Janine. He met Whitney again when he came to play on his Xbox 360. However things didn't end as expected when Tiffany, Whitney's supposed half sister's pet caterpillar Herbert crawled into his clothes. When Ricky walked into the room, he thought that Todd was stripping for Whitney and kicked him out. Later on in the playground, Todd helped Whitney down from the swing she was on and she stumbled onto him, which led to believe that he was about to kiss her. Todd later turned up at Pat's house where Ricky apologized for the misunderstanding, along with Whitney making up with him. They later went to play on the Xbox again but Todd accidentally stood on Herbert the caterpillar much to Tiffany's dismay. Whitney and Todd decided to just be friends however, Whitney discovered a condom in his wallet, when he forgot it, discovering that he was still thinking of more than just being friends. After trying to apologise to Whitney and telling her his mum made him take a condom for protection, he was threatened by a man who had earlier been talking to Whitney. He left and has not been seen since.

Les Finnis

EastEnders character
Les Finnis

Portrayed by Ben Homewood
Duration 2009
Appeared on 13 February 2009
Occupation Model scout

Les Finnis was a model scout who spotted Dawn Swann walking down Turpin Road, and took her to a studio to take tet shots of her.

Pearl Rogers

EastEnders character
Pearl Rogers

Portrayed by Su Elliot
Duration 2009
First appearance 17 February 2009
Last appearance 20 February 2009
Status Widowed

Pearl Rogers was a local homeless woman, who took shelter in fish and chip shop Beale's Plaice; much to the chagrin of owner Ian Beale. This prompted him to forbid his charitable employee Lucas Johnson to serve her. However Lucas ignored him and gave her some chips when he was not supposed to. She had a conversation with Dawn Swann when she confided Pearl about her relationship with Garry Hobbs. During this conversation, Pearl stated that she was a widow when her husband died of cancer. She was last seen when Lucas was caught giving free food from Beale's Plaice to her and homeless friends. This had led to Ian and Lucas having an argument and Lucas decided to quit his job.

Trina Johnson

EastEnders character
Trina Johnson

Portrayed by Sharon Duncan Brewster
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009—
First appearance 23 February 2009
Classification Present; recurring
Status Separated

Trina Johnson is the wife of already established character Lucas Johnson and mother of also already established character Jordan Johnson.

She first appeared on 23 February 2009, unexpectedly to Lucas, Jordan and Denise Wicks; Lucas' fiancée. At first, Lucas was shocked to see her in the square and told her that their marriage is over and that he is going to marry Denise. It was revealed that Trina is also a drug addict, presumably the reason why she left Jordan and Lucas. After being warned by Patrick Trueman to stay away from them, she shockingly told him off-screen that Lucas had spent Christmas with her. She wasn't seen after this and when Patrick confronted Lucas, he said he had applied for a divorce.

On 19 June 2009, Trina was spotted by Patrick spying on Lucas and Denise kissing. A week later, Lucas revealed to Denise he dislikes her because she was a bad mother to Jordan. When he was a baby, he was born addicted to heroine — the reason why she abandoned him.

The following week, Trina revealed that Lucas had spent Christmas with her, which prompted Denise to throw Lucas out.

After being rejected by Lucas, Trina was kicked out of The Queen Vic public house by barmaid Roxy Mitchell for throwing a drink over Jack Branning. Trina went around to Pat Evans' house, where Lucas was staying and came downstairs in her underwear, asking Lucas to come back to bed, witnessed by Denise who had only just forgiven Lucas.

Trina played a twisted trick on Denise by having had called the police and a social worker, Derek Evans, who visited Denise to report and claim that Denise was abusing Jordan (she found a letter Jordan wrote, which seemed to sound like Denise had been abusing him). However, her plan had backfired when Jordan and Denise had gave the same statements that the abuse letter was a joke about Denise kicking her exercise bike.

Tommy Clifford

EastEnders character
Tommy Clifford

Portrayed by Edward Woodward
Duration 2009
First appearance 23 March 2009
Last appearance 23 April 2009
Classification Former; recurring
Date of death 23 April 2009
Status Deceased
Occupation Retired

Tommy Clifford was played by Edward Woodward, and was interested in Patrick Trueman. He made friends with him but secretly wanted something from him. He was a neighbour of researcher, Theo Kelly. Theo has already met Chelsea and confirmed that she lived with Patrick. Together they wanted to meet with Patrick and ask him about the Notting Hill Riots.

It was revealed that Tommy wasn't an author and he was a racist back then. He sincerely apologised and cried when Patrick realised Tommy was the person who started a fire that killed Patrick's fiancée. He then when on to reveal that the reason he is confessing now is because he is dying from kidney failure and his days are numbered.

In mid-April Libby stated that Tommy deserved a chance to explain himself and that Patrick should visit him. He told her to mind her own business but she later went round to his house only to find he had been admitted to hospital. Patrick went with Denise to visit Tommy in hospital on April 23. He went in and Tommy begged for forgiveness and mentioned Ruth and Patrick stormed out. Denise told Patrick that the nurse said Tommy would most likely not make it through the night. He went back into Tommy and forgave him. He died in Hospital with Patrick by his side on 23 April 2009.

Clive Boyle

EastEnders character
Clive Boyle

Portrayed by Col Farrell
Duration 2009
Appeared on 10 April 2009
Status Single
Occupation Retired

Clive Boyle is the brother of Brenda Boyle. Jean Slater and Mo Harris believed that he was Brenda's boyfriend.

Ryan Malloy

EastEnders character

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Ryan Malloy

Portrayed by Neil McDermott
Duration 2009—
First appearance 28 April 2009
Date of birth 1983

Ryan Malloy[12] is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Neil McDermott.

Ryan was introduced to the show as a mystery character, who was credited simply as "man"[1] to keep his identity hidden. The show's executive producer, Diederick Santer, remained tight-lipped about the character, saying "I'm not saying too much about him. He's a character played by an actor... All I'll say at this point is that he seems to want to talk to Whitney..."[13] The character's identity was revealed in July 2009 as Whitney Dean's half brother and the son of Debra Dean.[1] Santer then described the character as "intriguing and complex", adding, "While incognito, he made a big impression on EastEnders viewers. Now they know who he actually is, I'm sure things will get even more exciting."[1] The character is nine years older than his half sister, and is described as having "something of a dark past".[1] He is also said to be a thief and very moody, with an interest in women, setting his sights on Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Janus).[14]

Storylines

Ryan's backstory was revealed by McDermott in an interview with Digital Spy: "[He is] a bad boy character whose mother had given him away when he was young and didn't care for him. He grew up with an alcoholic father who died when he was about 12 and Ryan then went into foster homes, which he didn't like. He ended living on the streets a lot and got involved with the wrong crowd. He had to make his own way in life, which is why he's a very independent person. Sometimes he acts in dodgy ways to get what he needs, too."[15]

The character first appears on screen on 28 April 2009 when he is seen in the park by Shirley Carter (Linda Henry). Shirley makes a joke that he is interested in Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty), who is also in the park. He asks Whitney if she is all right, but she runs off calling him a "creep" and dropping her book. Later on, he returns the book to her after telling Todd Taylor (Ashley Kumar) to leave her alone. Weeks later, he is in the café when Nick Cotton (John Altman) takes the customers hostage. Ryan knocks Nick to floor allowing everyone get escape.[16] Whitney tells her step mother, Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) that he is a hero, but when she turns round he has gone. When Whitney sees him again, she asks him why he is in Walford, but he walks away as he feels uncomfortable.

Noah Chambers

EastEnders character
Noah Chambers

Portrayed by Micah Thomas
Duration 2009—
First appearance 19 May 2009
Date of birth 2003
Home 13a Turpin Road
Occupation School Student

Noah Chambers is the deaf son of Syd Chambers. He made his first appearance on 19 May 2009 when Syd introduced him to her boyfriend Bradley Branning after he accused her of being unfaithful in a bid to stop him leaving for Edinburgh.

Viv Bates

EastEnders character
Viv Bates

Portrayed by Dido Miles
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 25 May 2009
Last appearance 29 May 2009
Status Separated

Viv Bates first appears on 25 May 2009 as a mystery women who was buying a newspaper in the Minute Mart. She smiles at Billy Mitchell who meets her again in the café and knocks into her, spilling her tea over her, and he buys her another. She appears later on in The Queen Victoria where she buys Billy a drink and comes onto him flirtatiously. Billy walks away, and she follows him, revealing her identity as the wife of Terry Bates. She then threatens that if Billy testifies against Terry at his murder trial, she'll hurt Jay Brown.

After Terry is found guilty of murdering Jase Dyer, she says she will no longer take orders from him, removes her wedding ring and throws it at him. Terry threatens her, but she absconds him leaving him incarcerated for life.

Bushra Abbasi

EastEnders character
Bushra Abbasi

Portrayed by Pooja Ghai
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009—
First appearance 25 May 2009
Status Married

Bushra Abbasi is an old friend of Zainab Masood. She and Zainab attempted to set Zainab's son Syed up with one of Bushra's three daughters. When this failed, they decided to set him up with her fourth daughter Parveen. She has since requested the services of Masala Queen, the most recent being at a party on 19 June 2009, where she was impressed with Amira Shah's singing and booked them for further events in July.

She was impressed with caterer Christian Clarke and asked if his wife would be joining them at the party. She later said to her friend that she couldn't believe Christian was single. When Christian said he just hasn't found the right man yet, Bushra was disgusted, said "your poor mother" to him and walked off.

Parveen Abbasi

EastEnders character
Parveen Abbasi

Portrayed by Farzana Dua Elahe
Introduced by Diederick Santer
Duration 2009
First appearance 28 May 2009
Last appearance 11 June 2009
Status Single

Parveen Abbasi is Bushra's fourth daughter. Zainab tries to fix her son Syed on a date with her. She later dumps curry all over him during lunch, but after catching Zainab and Syed's father Masood, she and Syed pretend they are getting on and want to live together and get married.

Others

Date(s) Character Actor Circumstances
08/01 Mr Hathaway (uncredited) Lauren Branning's social worker.
23/01 Kieran Sam Hoare A member of a stag party at R&R, who got angry when the stripper Ronnie Mitchell had booked was late.
23/01 Andy (uncredited) The groom of a stag party at R&R.
26/01 Mr and Mrs Poulton (uncredited) A couple viewing 18 Albert Square.
29/01 Don Geoff Leesley A man who Bradley Branning had helped with fixing his car, only for him to break the wheel. When Bradley agreed to do something for him, the man left his dog Gumbo to Bradley's care.
05/02 Dr Maynard Eiry Thomas A doctor who oversaw Danielle Jones' abortion.
13/02 Eddie Will Chitty A man who Heather Trott met at R&R nightclub, although it was assumed that he was the male escort who was secretly hired for her by best friend Shirley Carter. It was not known whether he had left due to Shirley assuming that he was the escort that she had booked and berated him to leave.
13/02Tim Tarl Caple A male escort hired for Heather by Shirley, who never actually met Heather.
20/02Bing James Seager A man who tried to chat up Dawn Swann in The Vic.
19/03–23/03Polly Julia Dalkin Lauren Branning's case worker, who was taken for a drink by Max Branning so he could get information about his daughter.[17]
21/04Val Sian Howard Brown Owl in the Brownie group that Heather Trott was helping out with.
24/04Roger Matthew Douglas Syed Masood's landlord who came to visit him. He introduced himself to Syed's father Masood Ahmed who had turned his back on Syed for helping him with his money troubles after Roger disclosed the fact that Syed owed him the rent for his flat.
30/04Mr McCormick Paul Jerricho Heather Trott's doctor, after she suffered an asthma attack.
12/05-14/05Lily (uncredited) A woman interested in Max Branning.
26/05Zulekha Abbasi Lisa Shah One of Bushra's three "beautiful" daughters that Zainab Masood tried to set her son Syed on a date with. She appeared alongside her two sisters who were unnamed and uncredited.
08/06Iqbal (uncredited) A friend of Zainab's from Mosque, who brought a her generator when the power in the Square went out.
08/06–11/06Karn Laura Matthews A friend of Theo's from university. When Chelsea, Theo's girlfriend became wary of her intentions towards Theo, he told her Karn was a lesbian.
11/06–Ellis Michael Obiora A local footballer who plays for Walford Town F.C. who Chelsea Fox cheats on Theo with and offers her drugs. She then starts dating him. Chelsea's father Lucas Johnson finds drugs in Chelsea's bag, so he assaults Ellis, then Ellis and Chelsea leave the square.
15/06–18/06James Paul Keating A friend of Christian Clarke's who visits for Christian's birthday. Christian makes advances towards James, but he says he's in a relationship, and Christian asks him to leave.
02/07 Gianfranco (uncredited) A man employed to make coffee at Ian Beale's café, who takes a liking to Christian Clarke.
03/07 Steve (uncredited) A vehicle breakdown engineer (towman) who Minty Peterson gave permission to remove his boss Phil Mitchell's Jaguar without Phil's authorisation.
07/07 Adrian Jeremy Swift A man who works at the antenatal clinic visited by Heather Trott. He later brings Heather's baby scan image to her flat.
09/07–10/07 Hugo Tom Knight A man who sold 27 Albert Square to Archie Mitchell and took a liking to Peggy Mitchell.
09/07 Judy Webber (uncredited) A woman giving facial filler injections using the name Marilyn. Mo Harris claimed she was 62 years old but injections had made her appear to be in her forties. Pat Evans and Peggy Mitchell signed up for injections, but Pat recognised her as Judy Webber, a woman in her forties who used to date her son David Wicks.

References

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  5. Green, Kris; "Street's Tony mown down, E'dale arrest and 'Oaks arrival" DigitalSpy.com, 17 January 2009
  6. Roberts, Jo; "From Cannes to Walford for Clifton's Finn" ThisisNottingham.co.uk, 4 February 2009
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  13. Green, Kris (1 May 2009). "Diederick Santer (Executive Producer, 'EastEnders')". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a154156/diederick-santer-executive-producer-eastenders.html. Retrieved on 10 July 2009. 
  14. Methven, Nicola (10 July 2009). "EastEnders: Whitney's stalker revealed". Daily Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2009/07/10/eastenders-whitney-s-stalker-revealed-115875-21509226/. Retrieved on 10 July 2009. 
  15. Green, Kris (14 July 2009). "Neil McDermott (Ryan, 'EastEnders')". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a164985/neil-mcdermott-ryan-eastenders.html. Retrieved on 14 July 2009. 
  16. Green, Kris (25 May 2009). "In Pictures: 'EastEnders' café explosion". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a156983/in-pictures-eastenders-cafe-explosion.html. Retrieved on 10 July 2009. 
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