The Carter clan is to grow further in the coming months when soldier son Lee (Danny-Boy Hatchard) joins parents Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda (Kellie Bright) at the Queen Vic.
We’ve already met the Carters’ other children, Nancy (Maddy Hill) and Johnny (Sam Strike), but Lee will complete the line-up this spring when he returns home from Afghanistan.
Described by show bosses as a “jack the lad”, upbeat and tigger-like Lee seems more interested in having a laugh than pulling his weight, but is his mischievous manner hiding something more complicated?
Hatchard, who has just finished performing in the 20th anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, said of his casting: “I’m incredibly excited to be a part of EastEnders, a show that my family and I have watched for years. It’s an honour to have the chance to share the camera with such talented actors and I can’t wait to get cracking and join the Carter family.”
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the soap’s executive producer, added: “Julia Crampsie, our casting executive, has found the missing piece of the Carter family puzzle. Danny-Boy has an authenticity and sensitivity that makes him perfect for EastEnders - and the Carter family. Lee Carter is going to pelt into the Square, ruffle some feathers and immediately prove that he’s a chip off his father’s block. But why is Lee so keen to stay in Walford and not return to the army?”
Danny Boy-Hatchard will begin filming on EastEnders from February.