Timothy West has been unveiled as a hard-drinking, heavy-smoking curmudgeon as he makes his debut in EastEnders.

The 79-year-old actor plays the father of Danny Dyer’s character Mick Carter, who has just bought The Queen Vic.

When the Carter family realise they’re unable to cope with their money troubles on their own, they decide to visit retired Billingsgate fishmonger Stan Carter to ask for help.

Stan lives alone in an untidy flat, surrounded by empty vodka bottles, lager cans and overflowing ash trays. When his family pop round, viewers will learn the different relationships they have with Stan.

Timothy, who last year made a guest appearance in Coronation Street, has said: “Stan is a wonderful character and I look forward to seeing what is going to happen to him.”

Later in the week the family are surprised at the Queen Vic by the arrival of Aunt Babe, played by Annette Badland, who arrives to help them, bearing a homemade pudding. And although she is described as bubbly and big hearted, Walford devotees will discover that as a member of the Carter family, she is not someone to be trifled with – her soft exterior hides a shrewd and tough character.

Timothy makes his debut in tEastEnders on Monday, January 27.