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Set in the East End of London, the show focuses on the tensions between love and family with stories ranging from hard-hitting social issues, to personal, human tragedies. And there's plenty of funny moments too.

Classic characters old and new across thousands of episodes have shared a drink in The Queen Vic, shed tears of despair or joy, sat on Arthur's bench in the Square... and at some point or other they probably crossed paths with Ian Beale.

Cast: Peggy Mitchell - Barbara Windsor; Zoe Slater - Michelle Ryan; Mick Carter - Danny Dyer; Lee Carter - Danny-Boy Hatchard; Libby Fox - Belinda Owusu; Babe Smith - Annette Badland; Linda Carter - Kellie Bright; Ryan Malloy - Neil McDermott; Sharon Mitchell - Letitia Dean; Ian Beale - Adam Woodyatt; Phil Mitchell - Steve McFadden; Whitney Carter - Shona McGarty; Lauren Branning - Jacqueline Jossa; Denise Fox - Diane Parish; Shirley Carter - Linda Henry; Stacey Fowler - Lacey Turner; Ben Mitchell - Charlie Jones; Tina Carter - Luisa Bradshaw-White; Pauline Fowler - Wendy Richard; Ben Mitchell - Joshua Pascoe; Ben Mitchell - Harry Reid; Roxy Mitchell - Rita Simons; Ronnie Mitchell - Samantha Womack; Billy Mitchell - Perry Fenwick; Donna Yates - Lisa Hammond; Jane Beale - Laurie Brett; Jay Brown - Jamie Borthwick; Kathy Beale - Gillian Taylforth; Glenda Mitchell - Glynis Barber; Abi Branning - Lorna Fitzgerald; Dot Branning - June Brown; Patrick Trueman - Rudolph Walker; Martin Fowler - James Alexandrou; Martin Fowler - James Bye; Jack Branning - Scott Maslen; Kush Kazemi - Davood Ghadami; Carmel Kazemi - Bonnie Langford; Bex Fowler - Jasmine Armfield; Johnny Carter - Ted Reilly; Johnny Carter - Sam Strike; Pam Coker - Lin Blakley; Masood Ahmed - Nitin Ganatra; Honey Mitchell - Emma Barton; Louise Mitchell - Tilly Keeper; Sonia Fowler - Natalie Cassidy; Max Branning - Jake Wood; Les Coker - Roger Sloman; Nancy Carter - Maddy Hill; Kyle Slater - Riley Carter Millington; Shakil Kazemi - Shaheen Jafargholi; Dean 'Deano' Wicks - Matt Di Angelo; Kim Fox-Hubbard - Tameka Empson; Steven Beale - Aaron Sidwell; Charlie Cotton - Declan Bennett; Vincent Hubbard - Richard Blackwood; Alfie Moon - Shane Richie; Carol Jackson - Lindsey Coulson; Stan Carter - Timothy West; Daniel Mitchell - Liam Bergin; Kat Moon - Jessie Wallace; Bianca Jackson - Patsy Palmer; Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb - Ricky Norwood; Claudette Hubbard - Ellen Thomas; Fiona "Tosh" Mackintosh - Rebecca Scroggs; Tamwar Masood - Himesh Patel; Aleks Shirovs - Kristian Kiehling; Andrew 'Buster' Briggs - Karl Howman; Lola Pearce - Danielle Harold; Linda Clarke - Lynda Baron; Cora Cross - Ann Mitchell; Dexter Hartman - Khali Best; Paul Coker - Jonny Labey; Terry Spraggan - Terry Alderton; Cindy Williams - Mimi Keene; Liam Butcher - James Forde; Jake Stone - Jamie Lomas; Mo Harris - Laila Morse; David Wicks - Michael French; Derek Harkinson - Ian Lavender; Michelle Fowler - Jenna Russell; Michelle Fowler - Susan Tully; Grant Mitchell - Ross Kemp; Nick Cotton - John Altman; Yvonne Cotton - Pauline McLynn; Rainie Cross - Tanya Franks; Christian Clarke - John Partridge; Sam Mitchell - Kim Medcalf; Sam Mitchell - Danniella Westbrook; Kirsty Branning - Kierston Wareing; Jean Slater - Gillian Wright; Colin Russell - Michael Cashman; Danny Pennant - Gary Lucy; Lucas Johnson - Don Gilet; Pat Evans - Pam St. Clement; Heather Trott - Cheryl Fergison; Amjad Jahangir "AJ" Ahmed - Phaldut Sharma; Janine Butcher - Charlie Brooks; Angie Watts - Anita Dobson; Lorraine Wicks - Jacqueline Leonard; Den Watts - Leslie Grantham; Naima Jeffrey - Shreela Ghosh; Ali Osman - Nej Adamson; Poppy Meadow - Rachel Bright; Arthur Fowler - Bill Treacher; Sue Osman - Sandy Ratcliff; Lou Beale - Anna Wing; Pete Beale - Peter Dean; Kelvin Carpenter - Paul J. Medford; Cindy Beale - Michelle Collins; Robbie Jackson - Dean Gaffney; Ethel Skinner - Gretchen Franklin; Carl White - Daniel Coonan; Bradley Branning - Charlie Clements; Harold Legg - Leonard Fenton; Terry Raymond - Gavin Richards; Lofty Holloway - Tom Watt; Lucy Beale - Hetti Bywater; Gianni Di Marco - Marc Bannerman; Etta Tavernier - Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence; Debbie Wilkins - Shirley Cheriton; Maxine Palmer - Dilys Laye; Joe Wicks - Paul Nicholls; Tanya Branning - Jo Joyner; Natalie Price Evans - Lucy Speed; Alice McMahon - Carli Norris; Barnsey Barnes - John Hallam; Frank Butcher - Mike Reid; Andy Hunter - Michael Higgs; Eddie Moon - David Essex; Gus Smith - Mohammed George; Mick McFarlane - Sylvester Williams; Donna Ludlow - Matilda Ziegler; Suzy Branning - Maggie O'Neill; Bella Stone - Isobelle Malloy; Charlie Slater - Derek Martin; Michael Rose - Russell Floyd; Celestine Tavernier - Leroy Golding; Jan Hammond - Jane How; Mandy Salter - Nicola Stapleton; Callum Monks - Elliott Jordan; Shirley Benson - Robyn Moore; Ruth Fowler - Caroline Paterson; Julie Cooper - Louise Plowright; Rosie Miller - Gerry Cowper; Sandra Di Marco - Clare Wilkie; Blossom Jackson - Mona Hammond; Ted Hills - Brian Croucher; Rosa Di Marco - Louise Jameson; Zsa Zsa Carter - Emer Kenny; Tariq Larousi - Nabil Elouahabi; Simon Raymond - Andrew Lynford; Hattie Tavernier - Michelle Gayle; Cassie Carpenter - Delanie Forbes; Trevor Morgan - Alex Ferns; Ricky Butcher - Sid Owen; Tyler Moon - Tony Discipline; Archie Mitchell - Larry Lamb; Vicki Fowler - Scarlett Alice Johnson; Sanjay Kapoor - Deepak Verma; Paul Priestley - Mark Thrippleton; Johnny Allen - Billy Murray; Michael Moon - Steve John Shepherd; Manda Best - Josie Lawrence; Joe Macer - Ray Brooks; Audrey Truman - Corinne Skinner-Carter; Diane Butcher - Sophie Lawrence; Chrissie Watts - Tracy-Ann Oberman; Kareena Ferreira - Pooja Shah; Lilly Mattock - Barbara Keogh; Della Alexander - Michelle Joseph; Andy O'Brien - Ross Davidson; Dan Sullivan - Craig Fairbrass; Lorna Cartwright - Janet Dibley; Peter Beale - Ben Hardy; Syd Chambers - Nina Toussaint-White; Asif Malik - Ashvin Luximon; Tiffany Raymond - Martine McCutcheon; Simon Wicks - Nick Berry; Garry Hobbs - Ricky Groves; Bert Atkinson - Dave Hill; Gita Kapoor - Shobu Kapoor; Leon Small - Sam Attwater; Demi Miller - Shana Swash; Ashley Cotton - Frankie Fitzgerald; Dawn Swann - Kara Tointon; Fred Fonseca - Jimi Mistry; Lauren Branning - Madeline Duggan; Rohan 'Ronny' Ferreira - Ray Panthaki; Louise Raymond - Carol Harrison; Clyde Tavernier - Steven Woodcock; Tony King - Chris Coghill; Mo Butcher - Edna Doré; Derek Branning - Jamie Foreman; Nita Mistry - Bindya Solanki; Joanne Francis - Pamela Salem; Shireen Karim - Nisha Kapur; Liz Turner - Kate Williams; Rachel Kominski - Jacquetta May; Ash Ferreira - Raji James; Greg Jessop - Stefan Booth; Margaret Walker - Susan George; Steve Elliot - Mark Monero; Danielle Jones - Lauren Crace; Richard Cole - Ian Reddington; Ray Dixon - Chucky Venn; Lucy Beale - Melissa Suffield; Saskia Duncan - Deborah Sheridan-Taylor; Lloyd Tavernier - Garey Bridges; Beppe di Marco - Michael Greco; Minty Peterson - Cliff Parisi; Nina Harris - Troy Titus-Adams; Yolande Trueman - Angela Wynter; Dougie Slade - John Bowler; George Palmer - Paul Moriarty; Marge Green - Pat Coombs; Becca Swanson - Simone James; Laura Beale - Hannah Waterman; Peter Beale - Thomas Law; Keith Miller - David Spinx; Nicky Di Marco - Carly Hillman; Willy Roper - Michael Tudor Barnes; Tom Clements - Donald Tandy; Shelley Lewis - Nicole Arumugam; April Branning - Debbie Arnold; Ava Hartman - Claire Perkins; Dotty Cotton - Molly Collin; Kelly Taylor - Brooke Kinsella; Lenny Wallace - Des Coleman; Gill Fowler - Susanna Dawson; Annie Palmer - Nadia Sawalha; Dennis Rickman - Nigel Harman; Syed Masood - Marc Elliott; Vinnie Monks - Bobby Davro; Lisa Fowler - Lucy Benjamin; Polly Becker - Victoria Gould; Sufia Karim - Rani Singh; Matthew Rose - Joe Absolom; Vanessa Gold - Zöe Lucker; Ruby Allen - Louisa Lytton; Nellie Ellis - Elizabeth Kelly; Debbie Bates - Nicola Duffett; Magda Czajkowski - Kathryn Apanowicz; Sam James - Cornell S. John; Amira Masood - Preeya Kalidas; Tony Hills - Mark Homer; James Wilmott-Brown - William Boyde; Irene Raymond - Roberta Taylor; Sasha Perkins - Jemma Walker; Nigel Bates - Paul Bradley; Maureen Morgan - Kacey Ainsworth; Mark Fowler - Todd Carty; Billy Jackson - Devon Anderson; Sohail Karim - Ronny Jhutti; Aditya 'Adi' Ferreira - Ameet Chana; Mary Smith - Linda Davidson; Spencer Moon - Christopher Parker; Aidan Brosnan - Sean Maguire; Joanne Ryan - Tara Lynne O'Neill; Mary Flaherty - Melanie Clark-Pullen; Joey Branning - David Witts; Theo Kelly - Rolan Bell; Lynne Hobbs - Elaine Lordan; Alex Healy - Richard Driscoll; April McIntosh - Helen Pearson; Jackie Owen - Race Davies; Melanie Owen - Tamzin Outhwaite; Danny Moon - Jake Maskall; Anthony Moon - Matt Lapinskas; Clare Bates - Gemma Bissix; Roy Evans - Tony Caunter; Sharmilla Kapoor - Gagendeep Rai; Matthew Jackson - Steven Hartley; Sadie Young - Kate Magowan; Kate Mitchell - Jill Halfpenny; Teresa Di Marco - Leila Birch; Nadia Mitchell - Anna Barkan; Tony Carpenter - Oscar James; Al Jenkins - Adam Croasdell; Jim Branning - John Bardon; Sarah Hills - Daniela Denby-Ashe; Chelsea Fox - Tiana Benjamin; Paul Truman - Gary Beadle; Huw Edwards - Richard Elis; John Royle - Paddy Joyce; Jamie Mitchell - Jack Ryder; Neelam Kapoor - Jamila Massey; Shabnam Masood - Rakhee Thakrar; Rose Cotton - Polly Perkins; Mickey Miller - Joe Swash; Kim McFarlane - Krystle Williams; Felix Kawalski - Harry Landis; Mehmet Osman - Haluk Bilginer; Joel Reynalds - Cavan Clerkin; Juley Smith - Joseph Kpobie; Jeff Healy - Leslie Schofield; Jules Tavernier - Tommy Eytle; Hannah Carpenter - Sally Sagoe; Sean Slater - Robert Kazinsky; Nana Moon - Hilda Braid; Barry Evans - Shaun Williamson; Alice Branning - Jasmyn Banks; Brenda Boyle - Carmel Cryan; Conor Flaherty - Sean Gleeson; Ashraf Karim - Aftab Sachak; Zainab Masood - Nina Wadia; Anthony Cotton - Ricky Grover; Shabnam Masood - Zahra Ahmadi; Darren Miller - Charlie G. Hawkins; Carly Wicks - Kellie Shirley; Steve Owen - Martin Kemp; Alan Jackson - Howard Antony; Guizin Osman - Ishia Bennison;

Network: BBC One (United Kingdom)
Premiered: 19.February.1985
Status: Running