Before and after: we take a trip down memory lane to see how EastEnders stars looked when they first stepped foot in the Square... and how they look now!
Have the years been kind to your favourite EastEnders stars? From Dot Cotton to Dean(o) Wicks, we take a trip down memory lane to see how much they’ve changed!
Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa)
Jacqueline Jossa took over from Madeline Duggan for the role of Lauren Branning in 2010. Major storylines included a school-girl romance with Peter Beale, a tempestuous relationship with his sister Lucy, and alcoholism; all while being caught between her warring parents Max and Tanya.
Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace)
EastEnders will never be the same without feisty minx Kat Slater/Moon. Since she burst onto our screens in 2000, Kat has been involved in some of the Square’s most controversial storylines. We said farewell to Kat this year, but we can’t wait for her and Alfie to return in spin-off Redwater in 2017.
Stacey Fowler (Lacey Turner)
Since 2004, Stacey Slater/Branning/Fowler has been central to many of EastEnders’ most shocking stories. She’s battled drug abuse, postpartum psychosis and bipolar disorder, had numerous affairs, and murdered her rapist Archie Mitchell. Lacey Turner is one of the soap’s most decorated actresses, winning countless awards for her portrayal.
Jane Beale (Laurie Brett)
Jane Beale hasn’t half suffered over the years. As if being married to Ian Beale wasn’t enough, she’s had to cope with being shot by one of her stepsons and being brutally attacked by another. Laurie’s been part of the EastEnders family since 2004.
Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo)
Dean(o) Wicks only appeared on our screens for a couple of years the first time around: from 2006 to 2008. He wasn’t particularly friendly back then, but nobody imagined he would sexually assault his sister-in-law Linda Carter om his return in 2014. Matt Di Angelo’s character is the one we all love to hate.
Mo Harris (Laila Morse)
Who doesn’t love Maureen ‘Big Mo’ Harris? She’s been providing Albert Square lols since 2000, forever trying to offload knock-off gear to residents. After 16 years it doesn’t look like Mo’s set to go straight anytime soon, but her love for her family and hapless humour keeps her high on our favourites list.
Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden)
Is there a character that says ‘EastEnders’ more than Phil Mitchell? He’s been on our screens since 1990 and is one of the soap’s most infamous characters. Steve McFadden won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his portrayal of Phil at the British Soap Awards this year.