EastEnders: newcomer Khali Best to play Cora’s grandson Dexter Hartman

The actor will make his debut on the BBC1 soap in January 2013

As revealed back in September, Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell) will soon come face to face with her long lost daughter Ava Hartman (Clare Perkins). Her arrival comes as a big shock to Tanya, as Cora told her that Ava had died shortly after she was born.


Now, the BBC has revealed that Ava’s 20-year-old son Dexter, as played by Khali Best, will follow hot on her heels in January 2013.

Dexter will come searching for his new extended family in January 2013 – but what will he make of what he finds? After all, the Branning clan are hardly renowned for cordial relations…

I am delighted to be joining the cast of EastEnders,” said Best. “Working with such great actors so early in my career is an amazing opportunity. I am really excited to see what the writers have in store.”


EastEnders’ executive producer Lorraine Newman, added: “Dexter is a force of nature: cheeky, forthright, confident but highly protective of his mum and vice versa. He’ll work at the Arches and be a great mate for Jay and Lola. I am sure he’ll be hugely popular with the audience.”