EastEnders introduces Lisa Hammond as feisty market trader, Donna Yates

EastEnders has cast former Grange Hill actress Lisa Hammond as new market trader Donna Yates, who’s destined to fall out with Kat and Bianca.

Loudmouth Donna is ready to do anything and take on anyone to be top dog, but is her ruthless and confrontational streak hiding a deeper fragility?

Lisa Hammond said: “I’m really excited to join the cast of EastEnders. It’s a great opportunity to be a part of such a big and popular show. Donna is a bit of a handful, but they’re always the most fun characters to play! It feels good to be bad!”

Lisa’s previous TV roles includes Psychoville, Bleak House and Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere. She began her career in Grange Hill when she was 13.

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, EastEnders executive producer, said: “Donna’s not an easy character to like at first. She’s flinty, aggressive and difficult. As we get to know her better however, we will discover a funny, loyal but also fragile woman underneath.

“Lisa is a brilliantly comic and sharp actress and we’ve been trying to get her into the EastEnders cast for a long time – so I’m delighted that it has finally happened.”