The Carter clan continues to grow in the coming weeks as Danny Dyer's screen dad Stan (Timothy West) and makes his debut. An episode to be screened at the end of January will see the Carters in need of cash and left with no other option but to turn to their father Stan for help. However, it soon becomes clear that all the members of the family have very different relationships with him.
Stan is described by show bosses as a curmudgeonly and opinionated former Billingsgate fishmonger who was abandoned by wife Sylvie over 30 years ago. Once established in Walford, he will waste no time in “manipulating the whole Carter clan from the comfort of his armchair”. But what does actor Timothy West himself make of the character he's currently playing?
So, what kind of a man is Stan?
He’s quite tough. He lives on his own, he doesn’t go out much, hasn’t got many friends and I think he is a bit lonely. He would probably argue that he’s perfectly happy being self-sufficient, but I think he is a bit lonely and concerned that as he gets older he doesn’t have many people around him.
How does he feel when he finds out that his children are all living together at The Vic? Is he happy or does he feel left out and jealous?
Both actually. He likes the idea of the family being together and is glad they are, but he doesn’t want to be left out and wants to be in control, frankly. That’s his game.
And what’s his relationship with his children like?
He had a very stormy relationship with their mother. He has clearly kept in touch with Tina, so they have the best relationship out of the lot of them. Mick and Stan give each other a wide berth, although Stan is delighted to see him. And there is a lot of tension between him and Shirley – he’s very wary of her. We’ll have to see what happens there…