EastEnders spin-off Kat and Alfie: Redwater begins tonight with the Moons arriving in a small Irish village in search of answers to long-held questions. But will their presence end up unearthing big secrets that the locals would rather keep hidden? Here, we give you a guide to all the show regulars who feature in this evening’s opening episode:
Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace)
Kat is back and heading to Ireland, where she – and husband Alfie – aim to track down her son. But will she find answers in the coastal village of Redwater? Jessie Wallace first played Kat in EastEnders back in 2000. Away from the Square, she was nominated for a Bafta for her role as Pat Phoenix in the drama The Road to Coronation Street and also competed in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Alfie Moon (Shane Richie)
Alfie is trying to be a source of support for Kat, while also wrestling with health problems thanks to his brain tumour. Is his conditioning worsening? And will Alfie tell all to Kat about his fears? Shane Richie’s association with EastEnders dates back to 2002. The actor and entertainer is also known for presenting such game shows as Reflex, Win Your Wish List and Decimate, as well as roles in such dramas as Benidorm and Moving On.
Tommy Moon (Henry Proctor)
Kat and Alfie’s son Tommy has a new face in Redwater, with the role now being played by actor Henry Proctor. For those wondering where Bert and Ernie are – they’re still in Spain being looked after by Mo.
Agnes Byrne (Fionnula Flanagan)
Farm owner Agnes will be a force to be reckoned with – and looks set to stymie Kat’s attempts to get to the truth. Redwater may be filled with secrets, but can Agnes be persuaded to reveal what she knows? Veteran actress Fionnula Flanagan will be recognisable to viewers from her roles in Rich Man Poor Man, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Lost and the Nicole Kidman-starring The Others.
Lance Byrne (Ian McElhinney)
Lance – Agnes’s husband – will prove to be an early ally for Kat thanks to his deep knowledge of Redwater’s history and traditions. But can he shed light on her search? Actor Ian McElhinney’s previous credits include Game of Thrones (where he played Barristan Selmy) and Rogue One: a Star Wars Story (where he took over the role of General Dodonna from Alex McCrindle).
Roisin Kelly (Maria Doyle Kennedy)
Stoic Roisin is Agnes and Lance’s daughter and has chosen to stay on the family farm, while her sister Eileen left for America. But the Moons’ arrival could well strip away the veneer from the life she’s been living. Downton Abbey fans will recognise Maria Doyle Kennedy thanks to her part as Vera Bates. Previous roles also included Catherine of Aragon on The Tudors and Natalie Murphy in The Commitments.
Padraig Kelly (Stephen Hogan)
Family man Padraig is married to Roisin and works on her family farm – though his flair for wooden sculpture seems to take precedence over the work he should be doing. Actor Stephen Hogan previously played Sir Henry Norris on The Tudors and will next be seen in the movie Transformers: the Last Knight.
Bernie Kelly (Susan Ateh)
Local Garda Bernie is married to Roisin and Padraig’s son Andrew and is also heavily pregnant. But might her husband also be Kat’s long-lost boy? Redwater is actress Susan Ateh’s breakthrough role, though she has had small roles in Irish drama The Clinic as well as Holby City.
Andrew Kelly (Peter Campion)
Farm boy Andrew (married to Bernie, son to Roisin and Padraig) is the one who Kat targets in episode one, being under the impression that he is her long-lost son. But will she voice her suspicion, despite Alfie’s protestations the she take a cautious approach? Actor Peter Campion appeared in the movie Sing Street, as well as TV comedy London Irish and drama 6Degrees.
Adeen Kelly (Ebony O’Toole-Acheampong)
Andrew and Bernie’s daughter Adeen is headstrong and sparky – and could perhaps witness something that adds to Redwater’s central mystery. This is actress Ebony O’Toole-Acheampong’s first TV credit, though she can also be seen in AMC drama Into the Badlands.
Dermott Dolan (Oisin Stack)
Priest Father Dermott Dolan is a popular member of the community, but there’s a hint of melancholy that dates back to a village tragedy from 1994 that changed Redwater forever. Actor Oisin Stack played Astruc in historical drama Mata Hari and Henri in the Robert DeNiro-starring The Family.
Peter Dolan (Stanley Townsend)
Widower Peter owns the local pub and is the father of priest Dermott. In the opening hour of Redwater, he also forms something of a bond with Kat as makes her initial inquiries. Stanley Townsend’s numerous TV credits include 24: Live Another Day (as Anatol Stolnavich), The Tunnel (as Mike Bowden) and The Shadow Line (as Bulkat Babur)