EastEnders cast 2022 | Who is arriving, leaving and returning?

RadioTimes.com is right here with a helpful replace on which characters are leaving, becoming a member of and returning to EastEnders within the coming months.

So who’s in? Who’s out? And which rumours are true? Read on for all newest particulars on cast modifications

EastEnders cast 2022

The full current common cast for EastEnders might be discovered beneath.

  • Gillian Taylforth as Kathy Beale
  • Letitia Dean as Sharon Watts
  • James Bye as Martin Fowler
  • Charlie Brooks as Janine Butcher
  • Steve McFadden as Phil Mitchell
  • Kim Medcalf as Sam Mitchell
  • Natalie Cassidy as Sonia Fowler
  • Max Bowden as Ben Mitchell
  • Perry Fenwick as Billy Mitchell
  • Jessie Wallace as Kat Moon
  • Rudolph Walker as Patrick Trueman
  • Clay Milner Russell as Bobby Beale
  • Lacey Turner as Stacey Slater
  • Gillian Wright as Jean Slater
  • Emma Barton as Honey Mitchell
  • Zaraah Abrahams as Chelsea Atkins
  • Diane Parish as Denise Fox
  • Linda Henry as Shirley Carter
  • Jamie Borthwick as Jay Brown
  • Scott Maslen as Jack Branning
  • Shona McGarty as Whitney Dean
  • Milly Zero as Dotty Cotton
  • Tameka Empson as Kim Fox
  • Danielle Harold as Lola Pearce
  • Kellie Bright as Linda Carter
  • Danny Dyer as Mick Carter
  • Lorraine Stanley as Karen Taylor
  • Clair Norris as Bernie Taylor
  • Tony Clay as Callum Highway
  • Roger Griffiths as Mitch Baker
  • Gurlaine Kaur Garcha as Dr Ash Kaur
  • Jaz Dell as Kheerat Panesar
  • Shiv Jalota as Vinny Panesar
  • Balvinder Sopal as Suki Panesar
  • Rose Ayling-Ellis as Frankie Lewis
  • James Farrar as Zack Hudson
  • Barbara Smith as Dana Monroe
  • Gwen Taylor as Vi Highway
  • Brian Conley as Tom “Rocky” Cotton
  • Ross Boatman as Harvey Monroe
  • Delroy Atkinson as Howie Danes
  • Heather Peace as Eve Unwin
  • Kelsey Calladine-Smith as Jada Lennox
  • Hersha Verity as Dr Nina Gupta
  • Aaron Thiara as Ravi Gulati
  • Ashley Byam as Finlay Baker
  • Matthew Morrison as Felix Baker/Tara Misu

And listed here are the modifications to the cast coming quickly…


Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry)

Nish Panesar (BBC)

Navin Chowdhry as Nish Panesar in EastEnders (BBC)

When is Nish Panesar arriving? Autumn 2022.

Nish Panesar is lastly making his method to Albert Square and might be performed by Teachers star Navin Chowdhry.

The long-awaited Panesar patriarch will make his debut on the cleaning soap this Autumn.

Speaking about becoming a member of the cleaning soap, Chowdhry stated: “It’s been great – everyone has been lovely. My role at the moment has been focused around the Panesar family, but everyone has been extremely welcoming.

“I’ve by no means labored on a present like EastEnders, so it’s been a brand new expertise for me; however I cherished the storylines and I’ve bought a eager curiosity on this household as a result of there’s a lot occurring always!”

He continued: “Nish is an attention-grabbing character – barely unconventional, and with that brings drama, and mayhem. I believe there’s an excellent man below there however turmoil follows these guys [the Panesars] round so I’m excited to affix in and set off just a few extra explosions and fireworks.”

Speaking about Nish’s arrival, EastEnders’ executive producer Chris Clenshaw, commented: “The spectre of Nish Panesar is lastly right here, and it’s been a pleasure welcoming Navin to the cast, and take to the position so effortlessly; he brings one thing to the character that none of us may’ve predicted. His dynamic on and off-screen, and we’re excited to see the place his character develops because the story grows.”

We can’t wait to see how Nish reacts to what has been happening to wife Suki and his children Kheerat, Ash and Vinny.


Jada Lennox (Kelsey Calladine-Smith)

Kelsey Calladine-Smith as Jada Lennox in EastEnders

Kelsey Calladine-Smith as Jada Lennox in EastEnders BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

When is Jada Lennox leaving? Summer 2022.

Introduced in late 2021 as the mother of Sharon Watts’ granddaughter Alyssa, Jada has been living on Albert Square for a period since.

Despite having found a family with Sharon, her brother Zack Hudson and Martin Fowler, Jada will soon be departing Walford after actress Kelsey Calladine-Smith has reportedly been written out of the soap by producer Chris Clenshaw.

How will Jada depart the Square and will she take Denny Rickman’s daughter Alyssa with her?

Dana Monroe (Barbara Smith)

Barbara Smith as Dana Monroe in EastEnders

Barbara Smith as Dana Monroe in EastEnders BBC/Jack Barnes

When is Dana Monroe leaving? Summer 2022.

Another character set to depart Albert Square is Bobby Beale’s first love, Dana Monroe.

Introduced in April 2021, Dana was initially a guest character but grew in prominence on the show as Bobby’s girlfriend and eventually her father Harvey and then brother Aaron were introduced.

Aside from her romance with Bobby, Dana’s storylines have included her difficult relationship with her brother Aaron was involved in far-right terrorist activity.

Now as Dana has grown closer to her ex-boyfriend Bobby’s brother Peter, will Dana leave for university alone or could she leave with Peter instead?

Speaking to Digital Spy about her exit, Smith revealed: “I’m feeling excited. I really feel that Dana is undoubtedly getting the send-off that she deserves. I believe it is about time for her to unfold her wings.”

The actress also suggested that she would return to the role in future: “I’m simply going to go on and preserve enjoying totally different roles. My dad [Harvey] is all the time on the Square, so that you by no means know. We’ll should see.”

Frankie Lewis (Rose Ayling-Ellis)

Rose Ayling-Ellis as Frankie Lewis

Rose Ayling-Ellis as Frankie Lewis in EastEnders BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

When is Frankie Lewis leaving? Autumn 2022.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis will depart her EastEnders role as Frankie Lewis in the Autumn.

Ayling-Ellis has already filmed her final scenes as Frankie, having made her debut in the soap in 2020 and later being revealed to be the daughter of Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) as a result of his being the victim of child sexual abuse.

As part of the announcement, rose said: “It’s been extremely particular to be EastEnders’ first common deaf actor. I’ve cherished my time on the present and Frankie has been such an superior character to play, nevertheless, now looks like the best time for me to maneuver on and I’m excited and prepared for brand spanking new challenges.

“I will always treasure my time on the show and all the incredible people I have worked with, who have supported my Growth as an actor these last two years and given me so many amazing memories.

“I’m excited for viewers to see Frankie’s exit storyline; I believe it’s a very necessary one that can hit residence for many folks.”

Speaking on Rose’s departure, executive producer Chris Clenshaw said: “I’ve solely had the pleasure to work with Rose for a short while however she has all the time been an unbelievable asset to EastEnders; not simply as an exceptional actor, however as an incredible firm member too.

“As part of the Carter family, Rose has shone in important narratives such as discovering she’s Mick Carter’s daughter as a result of child abuse; and she will soon tackle the important issue highlighting women’s safety on the streets.

“We at EastEnders are extremely pleased with the whole lot Rose has achieved – she’s an actual trailblazer, and we want her each success.”

Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold)

Danielle Harold as Lola Pearce in EastEnders

Danielle Harold as Lola Pearce in EastEnders BBC

When is Lola Pearce leaving? 2022.

Actress Danielle Harold has reportedly been axed from EastEnders after new executive producer Chris Clenshaw decided not to renew her contract.

The Sun reports that the actress was left emotional over the news as she was also informed that Lola Pearce will be killed at the end of her exit storyline, meaning the character can never return.

A source told the paper: “Danielle was teary however was informed quite a lot of the cast had been being proven the door.

“No one else has been given their marching orders yet however. The rest of the cast are rallying around her.”

They added: “She handled the news like a true pro and is eager to throw herself into the storyline.”

The BBC and Danielle Harold have but to publicly touch upon the information however each have been approached for remark.

Lola first made her EastEnders debut as Billy Mitchell’s long-lost granddaughter in 2011 earlier than being axed in 2015.

However, the character made a comeback in 2019 together with the recast Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and their daughter Lexi Pearce.

Since her return, Lola’s storylines have centered on co-parenting Lexi with Ben and her doomed romances with Jay Brown and Isaac Baptiste.

Fans must wait and see if and how Lola will meet her grisly finish, but it surely has been reported that the character will die after being identified with a terminal mind tumour.

RadioTimes.com understands that the story will air later this 12 months and has been deliberate for fairly a while.

Mick Carter (Danny Dyer)

Danny Dyer as Mick Carter in EastEnders

BBC/ Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

When is Mick Carter leaving? Christmas 2022.

This is the large one. Pub landlord Mick Carter will depart Albert Square later this 12 months after actor Danny Dyer give up the cleaning soap after eight years, having debuted in late 2013.

Recent weeks have seen Mick expertise a tumultuous cut up from spouse Linda and Grow nearer to scheming Janine Butcher. Will Mick be capable of mend issues together with his household earlier than departing the Square?

During a chat with daughter Dani on their Sorted with the Dyers podcast, Danny stated: “Let me tell you something – Mick’s exit is going to be a very, very powerful thing. I would love the door to be left open, and as far as I know it is,” he stated. “So who knows. When I go out there and I fail miserably I can come back with my tail between my legs and go, ‘Will you take me back?'”

The actor additionally denied claims he had signed a million-pound cope with Sky throughout the identical chat.

“The big news is I’ve decided not to renew my contract,” he defined. “That’s all. That’s not because I’ve fallen out with anybody – I love everybody. That job has been amazing for me. It’s an important part of television. I’m grateful for the beautiful years I’ve had there. I’m going to miss the people massively. It’s me taking a risk.”

How will we wave goodbye to Mick from the Square? And what is going to come subsequent for the Carters and the Queen Vic pub?


Peggy Mitchell (Jaime Winstone)

Jaime Winstone as Peggy Mitchell (BBC)

Jaime Winstone as Peggy Mitchell (BBC) BBC

When is Peggy Mitchell returning? September 2022.

Jaime Winstone is set to seem because the legendary late Peggy Mitchell in a flashback episode in September.

The instalment might be set in 1979 throughout a interval of financial hardship for Britain and we’ll meet a younger and boisterous Mitchell household.

Peggy was beforehand portrayed by the late icon Barbara Windsor from 1994 to 2016 and by Jo Warne in 1991.

Speaking of her casting within the position, Winstone stated: “It’s been such an honour to step into Peggy Mitchell’s shoes for the first time, and into Barbara’s shoes for the second time.

“There’s certainly a healthy amount of pressure when you’re taking on such an iconic role – I thoroughly enjoyed it. Playing this role has really cemented my love and admiration for Barbara as I got to bookend my journey by playing Peggy Mitchell – I hope I’ve done her justice and I’ve loved every minute of it, I can’t wait for everyone to see the episode.”

Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming an incredible cast of actors to set for this special flashback episode, including the luminous Jaime Winstone as a young Peggy Mitchell.

“Focused on the Mitchell family, audiences will embark on a rollercoaster journey to the East End of London in 1979 where they’ll delve into the family’s past, seeing much-loved and iconic characters, as well as meeting characters from the show’s history that have never been seen on screen before. There are twists, turns and secrets revealed – after all, trouble is never too far away where the Mitchells are concerned!”

In addition, Winstone might be joined by the next cast members within the flashback episode cast.

  • George Russo as Eric Mitchell – Peggy’s husband; the daddy of Phil, Grant, and Sam.
  • Charlie Heptinstall as Charlie Mitchell – Billy’s father.
  • Dean Roberts as Stephen Mitchell – Billy’s older brother.
  • George Greenland as a youthful Billy Mitchell
  • Daniel Delaney as a youthful Phil Mitchell
  • Teddy Jay as a youthful Grant Mitchell
  • TBC as a youthful Sam Mitchell
  • Henry Garrett as Archie Mitchell
  • Rose Reynolds as Glenda Mitchell
  • TBC as Ronnie Mitchell
  • TBC as Roxy Mitchell

Fans will discover that this additionally spells returns for Grant Mitchell and the late sisters Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell as youthful variations of the characters seem.

We cannot wait to see how this seems.

Freddie Slater (Bobby Brazier)

Bobby Brazier smiles as Freddie Slater for EastEnders

Bobby Brazier as Freddie Slater for EastEnders BBC

When is Freddie Slater returning? Autumn 2022.

EastEnders has introduced the return of Little Mo Slater’s son Freddie Slater and he’ll debut on the cleaning soap later this 12 months.

Bobby Brazier, the son of tv presenter Jeff Brazier and the late actuality TV star Jade Goody, will painting Freddie in his first performing gig.

Speaking about being cast, Bobby stated: “I’m really excited to be joining the cast of EastEnders – so far it’s been perfect. Everybody has been so beautiful to me and made settling in easier than I could’ve hoped.

“Stepping into the performing world has all the time been a imaginative and prescient of mine and doing that with EastEnders as a Slater is a blessing, I’m very grateful. Loving each minute of Freddie to this point and can’t wait to see what’s in retailer for him in Walford.”

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer of EastEnders, said of Freddie: “Freddie Slater is a chaotic 18-year-old with a sensitive soul. A modern-day lad who’s in touch with his spiritual side. He’s philosophical, accepting, but full of mischief and makes mistakes.”

On casting the position, Clenshaw added: “Bobby is an amazing young addition to the EastEnders cast who brings heart and humility to the role of Freddie Slater and I can’t wait for audiences to get to know him.”

So, does this imply we may additionally see Kacey Ainsworth return as Little Mo Slater?

Alfie Moon (Shane Richie)

EMBARGOED UNTIL 9pm on 8th JULY!!! Shane Richie as Alfie Moon

Shane Richie as Alfie Moon in EastEnders BBC

When is Alfie Moon returning? Autumn 2022.

Former Queen Vic pub landlord Alfie Moon might be making his return to Albert Square later this 12 months.

Actor Shane Richie will reprise his position as Kat Slater’s ex-husband and the daddy of her kids within the Autumn.

Alfie was final seen fleeing Walford in January 2019 after a monetary disagreement with Phil Mitchell – who is now in a relationship with Kat.

The earlier month, Kat had found that Alfie had fathered a child together with her cousin Hayley Slater named Cherry, destroying any hope for his or her marriage.

Will Alfie need Kat again and what brings him again to Walford?

Discussing his return to EastEnders, Shane Richie stated: “It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be asked back to my TV home of Albert Square. I’m looking forward to catching up with some old cast mates and meeting some new ones.

“The new exec producer Chris Clenshaw has been instrumental in eager to carry Alfie Moon again with some great storylines… and who am I to say no?! I can not wait.”

Finally, new executive producer Chris Clenshaw added: “Shane Richie created one of the iconic, loveable and most memorable characters in cleaning soap, and to welcome him again to Walford is an absolute pleasure.

“A lot’s happened since Alfie’s been away from the Square but wherever his floral shirts go you can expect fun, frolics and, of course, the odd porky-pie. We’re over the moon to have him home.”

Richie reprised his position as Alfie in a video name featured within the episode broadcast on Tuesday twelfth July 2022 as adopted son Tommy Moon bought in contact with him.

Alfie will return full-time to the present within the Autumn.

Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen)

Sid Owen attends the launch of The Mandrake's 2019 Artist In Residence programme hosted by Azzi Glasser & Alan Carr at YOPO in The Mandrake Hotel on February 12, 2019 in London, England.

Sid Owen attends the launch of The Mandrake’s 2019 Artist In Residence programme hosted by Azzi Glasser & Alan Carr at YOPO in The Mandrake Hotel on February 12, 2019 in London, England. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

When is Ricky Butcher returning? Late 2022.

It has been confirmed that Sid Owen might be returning to EastEnders later in 2022.

Speaking about his return to the cleaning soap, Owen stated: “I’m delighted to back at EastEnders. I can’t wait to see what Ricky Butcher has been up to these past few years and how he’s going to react to seeing some familiar faces including old flames. I’m excited to see the drama unfold.”

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw, famous: “It is a terrific pleasure to welcome Sid again to the position of Ricky Butcher. Sid helped to create such an iconic character in Ricky who turned so synonymous with the present and we couldn’t be extra excited to have him again for some time.

“Ricky has so much history in the Square to explore and while a lot of time has passed since we last saw him, it’s fair to say wherever Ricky goes, he always finds himself slap-bang in the middle of mayhem.”

Owen was first reported to be reprising his position for a brief stint earlier this 12 months.

The character was final seen within the cleaning soap in 2012 as he returned for the marriage of his sister, Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks).

Ricky nonetheless has connections on Albert Square following the return of Janine final 12 months and his ex-wife Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf) earlier this 12 months, whereas his former step-daughter Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) additionally stays on the cleaning soap.

The Sun reported Sid Owen is filming within the coming weeks so anticipate his scenes to air later this 12 months.

Whose else may return to EastEnders?

Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton)

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When is Ruby Allen returning? TBC.

Ruby Allen performed soiled to get her love rival Stacey Slater banged up, which got here again to chunk her when she was compelled to admit to her husband Martin Fowler who ended their marriage and she was carted off to jail herself after Jean Slater framed her for drug dealing.

Off-screen, Lytton was written out as she was pregnant – she gave start to a lady, Aura, in August 2021 – and in a neat twist, her character found she was anticipating as she began her stint behind bars.

However, Lytton revealed in March 2022 {that a} return to the cleaning soap is “up in the air” in an interview with The Sun.

She stated: “Yeah, I’m not sure at the moment, everything is sort of up in the air.

“Not positive in the meanwhile, I simply don’t know. Now that I’ve had a child, that’s the precedence.”

Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt)

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When is Ian Beale returning? TBC.

Walford legend Woodyatt took an extended break from January 2021 when his alter ego fled town after Sharon and Phil tried to kill him for his part in Denny’s death, and there is still no official word on when – or even if – he’ll be back.

The actor has been touring in the play Looking Good Dead, alongside former on-screen wife Laurie Brett, and appeared in the 2021 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

During conversations in the castle, Woodyatt suggested no decision had been made about returning to EastEnders, and that he wouldn’t be available until April 2022 at the earliest. Have we seen the last of Ian?

Most recently,Woodyatt said on Steph’s Packed Lunch in 2022: “I’ve sort of left, however not left. It’s sort of the way in which the storyline has gone… I’m not there.”

But when pressed on whether he could go back, the actor cryptically replied: “I may return, and I couldn’t return. I do not know!

“The speculation has been hysterical. I think everyone is always going to speculate.

“But there are not any plans in the meanwhile.”

Which characters departed EastEnders in 2022?

Ricky Champ as Stuart Highway in EastEnders.

Ricky Champ as Stuart Highway in EastEnders. BBC

The following characters departed EastEnders in 2022.

  • Iqra Ahmed
  • Mila Marwa
  • Kioni Marwa
  • Gray Atkins
  • Keegan Baker
  • Tiffany Butcher
  • Isaac Baptiste
  • Aaron Monroe
  • Nancy Carter
  • Peter Beale
  • Avery Baker
  • Rainie Highway
  • Roland Highway
  • Stuart Highway

There might be extra departures to return in 2022.

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