The BBC has released a new picture of incoming Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), his wife Linda (Kellie Bright) and two of their three children, Nancy and Johnny.
The Carter clan are set to take over the Walford boozer this Christmas, with executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins promising that the family will bring “a touch of darkness” with them.
Of his new creations, the EastEnders boss said: “My team have worked incredibly hard over the past few months to create the Carters - a contemporary British family with cracks, knocked edges and a touch of darkness that is going to make them very special to watch. A family of strong characters who love and hate each other, all rooted in the best traditions of EastEnders.
“Starting with Shirley, the Carters are slowly going to creep into Albert Square as Christmas approaches and by New Year there will be a new vibrant EastEnders clan firmly ensconced in the Queen Vic. Watch out Walford, the Carters are coming.”
Dyer and Bright’s casting was announced back in October, although today’s fresh image brings with it the first details of their screen offspring.
Johnny (played by MI High actor Sam Strike) is described as a 19-year-old mummy’s boy and the baby of the family. Although he is the first of the Carters to go to university, Johnny has a secret that is set to place him at the centre of a family storm:
''I'm really excited to be joining EastEnders and the Carter family,” said Strike. “They're all really strong characters and I can't wait to see what EastEnders has planned for us all. I've grown up watching Danny and Kellie, both of whom are lovely, so to be playing their son is kind of surreal."
On the other hand, Nancy (portrayed by Maddy Hill) is very much the tomboy – a 21-year-old whose stubbornness and fiery temper is a delight to her dad but a disappointment to her mum. It looks like fans can expect the sparks to fly with Nancy described by show bosses as “the last at the bar and first into a fight” and a character who has to be dragged “kicking and screaming into Albert Square.
“I feel incredibly privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity and I can't wait to start work with such a talented cohort of actors,” said Hill of her new role.
Viewers will see the expansion of the Carters featuring on screen shortly: both Dyer and Bright have already started filming their new roles, while Shirley’s sister Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White) arrives in town next month.