OVERVIEW | EPISODE GUIDE

Network: BBC One (United Kingdom)
Premiered: 19.February.1985
Status: Running

Set in the East End of London, the show focuses on the tensions between love and family with stories ranging from hard-hitting social issues, to personal, human tragedies. And there's plenty of funny moments too.

Classic characters old and new across thousands of episodes have shared a drink in The Queen Vic, shed tears of despair or joy, sat on Arthur's bench in the Square... and at some point or other they probably crossed paths with Ian Beale.

CAST:
Peggy Mitchell - Barbara Windsor
Zoe Slater - Michelle Ryan
Mick Carter - Danny Dyer
Lee Carter - Danny-Boy Hatchard
Libby Fox - Belinda Owusu
Babe Smith - Annette Badland
Linda Carter - Kellie Bright
Ryan Malloy - Neil McDermott
Sharon Mitchell - Letitia Dean
Ian Beale - Adam Woodyatt
Phil Mitchell - Steve McFadden
Whitney Carter - Shona McGarty
Lauren Branning - Jacqueline Jossa
Denise Fox - Diane Parish
Shirley Carter - Linda Henry
Stacey Fowler - Lacey Turner
Tina Carter - Luisa Bradshaw-White
Pauline Fowler - Wendy Richard
Ben Mitchell - Joshua Pascoe
Ben Mitchell - Harry Reid
Ben Mitchell - Charlie Jones
Roxy Mitchell - Rita Simons
Ronnie Mitchell - Samantha Womack
Billy Mitchell - Perry Fenwick
Donna Yates - Lisa Hammond
Jane Beale - Laurie Brett
Jay Brown - Jamie Borthwick
Kathy Beale - Gillian Taylforth
Glenda Mitchell - Glynis Barber
Dot Branning - June Brown
Abi Branning - Lorna Fitzgerald
Patrick Trueman - Rudolph Walker
Martin Fowler - James Bye
Martin Fowler - James Alexandrou
Kush Kazemi - Davood Ghadami
Jack Branning - Scott Maslen
Carmel Kazemi - Bonnie Langford
Bex Fowler - Jasmine Armfield
Johnny Carter - Sam Strike
Johnny Carter - Ted Reilly
Masood Ahmed - Nitin Ganatra
Honey Mitchell - Emma Barton
Pam Coker - Lin Blakley
Louise Mitchell - Tilly Keeper
Sonia Fowler - Natalie Cassidy
Max Branning - Jake Wood
Les Coker - Roger Sloman
Nancy Carter - Maddy Hill
Kyle Slater - Riley Carter Millington
Shakil Kazemi - Shaheen Jafargholi
Kim Fox-Hubbard - Tameka Empson
Dean 'Deano' Wicks - Matt Di Angelo
Steven Beale - Aaron Sidwell
Vincent Hubbard - Richard Blackwood
Charlie Cotton - Declan Bennett
Alfie Moon - Shane Richie
Carol Jackson - Lindsey Coulson
Stan Carter - Timothy West
Daniel Mitchell - Liam Bergin
Kat Moon - Jessie Wallace
Bianca Jackson - Patsy Palmer
Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb - Ricky Norwood
Tamwar Masood - Himesh Patel
Aleks Shirovs - Kristian Kiehling
Andrew 'Buster' Briggs - Karl Howman
Claudette Hubbard - Ellen Thomas
Fiona "Tosh" Mackintosh - Rebecca Scroggs
Lola Pearce - Danielle Harold
Linda Clarke - Lynda Baron
Cora Cross - Ann Mitchell
Dexter Hartman - Khali Best
Paul Coker - Jonny Labey
Terry Spraggan - Terry Alderton
Cindy Williams - Mimi Keene
Liam Butcher - James Forde
Jake Stone - Jamie Lomas
Mo Harris - Laila Morse
David Wicks - Michael French
Derek Harkinson - Ian Lavender
Michelle Fowler - Jenna Russell
Michelle Fowler - Susan Tully
Grant Mitchell - Ross Kemp
Nick Cotton - John Altman
Rainie Cross - Tanya Franks
Yvonne Cotton - Pauline McLynn
Christian Clarke - John Partridge
Kirsty Branning - Kierston Wareing
Jean Slater - Gillian Wright
Sam Mitchell - Kim Medcalf
Sam Mitchell - Danniella Westbrook
Danny Pennant - Gary Lucy
Colin Russell - Michael Cashman
Heather Trott - Cheryl Fergison
Amjad Jahangir "AJ" Ahmed - Phaldut Sharma
Janine Butcher - Charlie Brooks
Angie Watts - Anita Dobson
Lucas Johnson - Don Gilet
Pat Evans - Pam St. Clement
Arthur Fowler - Bill Treacher
Sue Osman - Sandy Ratcliff
Lou Beale - Anna Wing
Pete Beale - Peter Dean
Kelvin Carpenter - Paul J. Medford
Cindy Beale - Michelle Collins
Robbie Jackson - Dean Gaffney
Ethel Skinner - Gretchen Franklin
Carl White - Daniel Coonan
Bradley Branning - Charlie Clements
Harold Legg - Leonard Fenton
Terry Raymond - Gavin Richards
Lorraine Wicks - Jacqueline Leonard
Den Watts - Leslie Grantham
Naima Jeffrey - Shreela Ghosh
Ali Osman - Nej Adamson
Poppy Meadow - Rachel Bright
Dan Sullivan - Craig Fairbrass
Lorna Cartwright - Janet Dibley
Peter Beale - Ben Hardy
Syd Chambers - Nina Toussaint-White
Asif Malik - Ashvin Luximon
Tiffany Raymond - Martine McCutcheon
Simon Wicks - Nick Berry
Garry Hobbs - Ricky Groves
Bert Atkinson - Dave Hill
Gita Kapoor - Shobu Kapoor
Leon Small - Sam Attwater
Demi Miller - Shana Swash
Ashley Cotton - Frankie Fitzgerald
Dawn Swann - Kara Tointon
Fred Fonseca - Jimi Mistry
Lauren Branning - Madeline Duggan
Rohan 'Ronny' Ferreira - Ray Panthaki
Louise Raymond - Carol Harrison
Clyde Tavernier - Steven Woodcock
Tony King - Chris Coghill
Mo Butcher - Edna Doré
Derek Branning - Jamie Foreman
Nita Mistry - Bindya Solanki
Joanne Francis - Pamela Salem
Shireen Karim - Nisha Kapur
Liz Turner - Kate Williams
Rachel Kominski - Jacquetta May
Ash Ferreira - Raji James
Greg Jessop - Stefan Booth
Margaret Walker - Susan George
Steve Elliot - Mark Monero
Danielle Jones - Lauren Crace
Richard Cole - Ian Reddington
Ray Dixon - Chucky Venn
Lucy Beale - Melissa Suffield
Saskia Duncan - Deborah Sheridan-Taylor
Lloyd Tavernier - Garey Bridges
Beppe di Marco - Michael Greco
Minty Peterson - Cliff Parisi
Nina Harris - Troy Titus-Adams
Yolande Trueman - Angela Wynter
Dougie Slade - John Bowler
George Palmer - Paul Moriarty
Marge Green - Pat Coombs
Becca Swanson - Simone James
Laura Beale - Hannah Waterman
Peter Beale - Thomas Law
Keith Miller - David Spinx
Nicky Di Marco - Carly Hillman
Willy Roper - Michael Tudor Barnes
Tom Clements - Donald Tandy
Shelley Lewis - Nicole Arumugam
April Branning - Debbie Arnold
Ava Hartman - Claire Perkins
Dotty Cotton - Molly Collin
Kelly Taylor - Brooke Kinsella
Lenny Wallace - Des Coleman
Gill Fowler - Susanna Dawson
Annie Palmer - Nadia Sawalha
Dennis Rickman - Nigel Harman
Syed Masood - Marc Elliott
Vinnie Monks - Bobby Davro
Lisa Fowler - Lucy Benjamin
Polly Becker - Victoria Gould
Sufia Karim - Rani Singh
Matthew Rose - Joe Absolom
Vanessa Gold - Zöe Lucker
Ruby Allen - Louisa Lytton
Nellie Ellis - Elizabeth Kelly
Debbie Bates - Nicola Duffett
Magda Czajkowski - Kathryn Apanowicz
Sam James - Cornell S. John
Amira Masood - Preeya Kalidas
Tony Hills - Mark Homer
James Wilmott-Brown - William Boyde
Irene Raymond - Roberta Taylor
Sasha Perkins - Jemma Walker
Nigel Bates - Paul Bradley
Maureen Morgan - Kacey Ainsworth
Mark Fowler - Todd Carty
Billy Jackson - Devon Anderson
Sohail Karim - Ronny Jhutti
Aditya 'Adi' Ferreira - Ameet Chana
Mary Smith - Linda Davidson
Spencer Moon - Christopher Parker
Aidan Brosnan - Sean Maguire
Joanne Ryan - Tara Lynne O'Neill
Mary Flaherty - Melanie Clark-Pullen
Joey Branning - David Witts
Theo Kelly - Rolan Bell
Lynne Hobbs - Elaine Lordan
Alex Healy - Richard Driscoll
April McIntosh - Helen Pearson
Jackie Owen - Race Davies
Melanie Owen - Tamzin Outhwaite
Danny Moon - Jake Maskall
Anthony Moon - Matt Lapinskas
Clare Bates - Gemma Bissix
Roy Evans - Tony Caunter
Sharmilla Kapoor - Gagendeep Rai
Matthew Jackson - Steven Hartley
Sadie Young - Kate Magowan
Kate Mitchell - Jill Halfpenny
Teresa Di Marco - Leila Birch
Nadia Mitchell - Anna Barkan
Tony Carpenter - Oscar James
Al Jenkins - Adam Croasdell
Jim Branning - John Bardon
Sarah Hills - Daniela Denby-Ashe
Chelsea Fox - Tiana Benjamin
Paul Truman - Gary Beadle
Huw Edwards - Richard Elis
John Royle - Paddy Joyce
Jamie Mitchell - Jack Ryder
Neelam Kapoor - Jamila Massey
Shabnam Masood - Rakhee Thakrar
Rose Cotton - Polly Perkins
Mickey Miller - Joe Swash
Kim McFarlane - Krystle Williams
Felix Kawalski - Harry Landis
Mehmet Osman - Haluk Bilginer
Joel Reynalds - Cavan Clerkin
Juley Smith - Joseph Kpobie
Jeff Healy - Leslie Schofield
Jules Tavernier - Tommy Eytle
Hannah Carpenter - Sally Sagoe
Sean Slater - Robert Kazinsky
Nana Moon - Hilda Braid
Barry Evans - Shaun Williamson
Alice Branning - Jasmyn Banks
Brenda Boyle - Carmel Cryan
Conor Flaherty - Sean Gleeson
Ashraf Karim - Aftab Sachak
Zainab Masood - Nina Wadia
Anthony Cotton - Ricky Grover
Shabnam Masood - Zahra Ahmadi
Darren Miller - Charlie G. Hawkins
Carly Wicks - Kellie Shirley
Steve Owen - Martin Kemp
Alan Jackson - Howard Antony
Guizin Osman - Ishia Bennison
Lofty Holloway - Tom Watt
Lucy Beale - Hetti Bywater
Gianni Di Marco - Marc Bannerman
Etta Tavernier - Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence
Debbie Wilkins - Shirley Cheriton
Maxine Palmer - Dilys Laye
Joe Wicks - Paul Nicholls
Tanya Branning - Jo Joyner
Natalie Price Evans - Lucy Speed
Alice McMahon - Carli Norris
Barnsey Barnes - John Hallam
Frank Butcher - Mike Reid
Andy Hunter - Michael Higgs
Eddie Moon - David Essex
Gus Smith - Mohammed George
Mick McFarlane - Sylvester Williams
Donna Ludlow - Matilda Ziegler
Suzy Branning - Maggie O'Neill
Bella Stone - Isobelle Malloy
Charlie Slater - Derek Martin
Michael Rose - Russell Floyd
Celestine Tavernier - Leroy Golding
Jan Hammond - Jane How
Mandy Salter - Nicola Stapleton
Callum Monks - Elliott Jordan
Shirley Benson - Robyn Moore
Ruth Fowler - Caroline Paterson
Julie Cooper - Louise Plowright
Rosie Miller - Gerry Cowper
Sandra Di Marco - Clare Wilkie
Blossom Jackson - Mona Hammond
Ted Hills - Brian Croucher
Rosa Di Marco - Louise Jameson
Zsa Zsa Carter - Emer Kenny
Tariq Larousi - Nabil Elouahabi
Simon Raymond - Andrew Lynford
Hattie Tavernier - Michelle Gayle
Cassie Carpenter - Delanie Forbes
Trevor Morgan - Alex Ferns
Ricky Butcher - Sid Owen
Tyler Moon - Tony Discipline
Archie Mitchell - Larry Lamb
Vicki Fowler - Scarlett Alice Johnson
Sanjay Kapoor - Deepak Verma
Paul Priestley - Mark Thrippleton
Johnny Allen - Billy Murray
Michael Moon - Steve John Shepherd
Manda Best - Josie Lawrence
Joe Macer - Ray Brooks
Audrey Truman - Corinne Skinner-Carter
Diane Butcher - Sophie Lawrence
Chrissie Watts - Tracy-Ann Oberman
Kareena Ferreira - Pooja Shah
Lilly Mattock - Barbara Keogh
Della Alexander - Michelle Joseph
Andy O'Brien - Ross Davidson