Billy Mitchell (EastEnders)
Billy Mitchell is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Perry Fenwick, who made his first appearance on 2 November 1998. Billy was introduced by producer Matthew Robinson as a guest character facilitating the introduction of Jamie Mitchell to the show. In the storyline, Billy is Jamie's abusive uncle and guardian, Jamie is taken away from Billy by his relative Phil Mitchell. Billy was brought back to the serial on 2 August 1999 and Fenwick was offered a longer-term contract, Billy becoming a regular character. Billy has been described as a "runt of a man who's a catalyst for trouble". However, during his time on EastEnders, he has developed from a bully and fiend into a kind, devoted and loyal father to his children, Janet Mitchell and Will Mitchell and granddaughter, Lola Pearce. Portrayed as a small-time criminal, Billy is a luckless character who struggles financially, his most prominent storylines include two failed marriages and having a daughter born with Down's syndrome.
Fenwick filmed his 1000th episode on 6 August 2010. Billy's storylines have included being involved in criminal scams with his cousins Phil and Grant Mitchell, working for Steve Owen, his relationship with Janine Butcher, his marriage to Little Mo Mitchell, discovering that his wife was raped by Graham Foster and finding it hard to cope raising their son, his marriage to Honey Mitchell, working for Terry Bates, witnessing the murder of Jase Dyer and becoming the guardian of his son, Jay Brown, an relationship with Jean Slater, being reunited with his childhood girlfriend Julie Perkins and discovering that their dead son has a daughter, Lola. Billy becomes obsessed with Lucy Beale, reunites with Honey, becomes the manager of a funeral parlour from which he is sacked, cheats on Honey with Tina Carter, which ends their relationship. Billy, the former guardian of his nephew Jamie Mitchell moves to Walford after Jamie is taken in by Billy's second cousin Phil Mitchell because Billy had been taking out his anger on Jamie, though learns from his mistakes.
Billy becomes involved in criminal scams with Phil and his brother Grant Mitchell. Billy's relatives see him as little more than a lackey, he is told that he is an embarrassment to the Mitchell name. Billy finds an ally in Steve Owen, who uses Billy as an errand boy in numerous criminal activities including drug-dealing, to antagonise the Mitchell brothers. Billy works at Steve's club, E20, is given a 1% share of the club for his services, but is torn between his loyalties to Steve and his family. Billy falls for Janine Butcher, but she is only interested in his money, when that runs out, she leaves him. Billy helps her deal with some mental health issues, leading Janine to hope for a reconciliation but Billy turns her down as he is in love with Little Mo Morgan, his business partner in a cleaning company. Little Mo is abused by her husband and after leaving Trevor, she starts a relationship with Billy, he proposes to Little Mo by spelling out "MARRY ME" on her plate with alphabet spaghetti, they get engaged.
When Trevor hears this, he kidnaps Little Mo and his baby son, intending for all three of them to die in a fire but Little Mo and the baby are saved before Trevor is killed in a gas explosion. Billy and Little Mo marry on Christmas Day, the same day that Jamie dies of severe injuries after being knocked down by a car. Eleven months Little Mo is raped by a man she thought was a friend, Graham Foster. Little Mo discovers she is pregnant as a result of the assault. Billy presses her to have an abortion, but Little Mo refuses and leaves Walford to clear her head, returning with baby Freddie, to see Graham convicted of rape. Billy and Little Mo reunite, but Billy confesses that he cannot love Freddie and thinks of Graham whenever he sees him, so the marriage ends. Billy confronts one of his abusers from the children's home he was placed in as a child, Ernie Johnson, now a pensioner and living in Walford. Billy breaks into Ernie's home to confront him over the abuse. Billy starts a relationship with newcomer Honey Edwards, whom he manages during her spell as a model.
The relationship prospers, despite initial disapproval from Honey's father Jack, who takes time to accept Billy. Honey accepts Billy's marriage proposal, their wedding is postponed. Billy's aunt Peggy Mitchell arranges a surprise wedding. Billy and Honey just complete their vows, she delivers a girl, Janet Mitchell, but the Mitchells are devastated to discover she has Down's syndrome. Honey rejects her baby. Billy is opposed to this but consents after agonising over the decision. After Janet is taken into foster care, she suffers a health scare and is hospitalised, forcing Honey to acknowledge she loves her baby and Janet is brought home. Honey falls pregnant again and Will Mitchell is born, his birth is traumatic.
Dorothy "Dot" Branning is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera, EastEnders, played by June Brown since 1985. Dot first appeared in EastEnders in July 1985 as the mother of criminal Nick Cotton; the character has worked as a launderette assistant for most of that time, along with original character Pauline Fowler. Dot moved away with her son and his family in 1993. In reality, Brown left the show in 1993, unhappy with the axing of her co-star Peter Dean, who played Pete Beale from the show's first episode to early 1993. Brown returned to the role in April 1997, on 28 April 2017, Dot overtook Pat Butcher as the second-longest-serving character in EastEnders, surpassed only by original character Ian Beale. In a special episode entitled EastEnders: Dot's Story a young Dot was played by Tallulah Pitt-Brown in flashbacks. In April 2012, Brown took a six-month break from the show to write her memoirs. Dot temporarily departed on 18 May 2012, she returned on 14 January 2013. In February 2015, Dot began appearing less due to Brown losing her eyesight.
In January 2016, it was announced that Brown had renewed her contract with the BBC until March 2017. In January 2017 it was reported. In April 2018 it was announced that Brown had renewed her contract again until 2019. Brown will be returning to the show in October 2018, after a break due to her health, alongside Harold Legg. Dot returned in the episode broadcast on 15 October 2018. A tragicomic character, Dot is known for her devout Christian faith, chain smoking and motherly attitude to those in need. A recurring storyline in the serial has been Dot's continuous forgiveness of her son's villainous crimes. Married at the start of the series to conman Charlie Cotton, Dot married again in 2002 to pensioner Jim Branning and the union proved to be popular with fans. Brown and Bardon won awards for their screen partnership. On 31 January 2008, Dot became the first character to appear in a monologue episode, "Pretty Baby....", of a British soap. The acclaimed episode saw Dot reminiscing about her years of loss and grief into a tape recorder as a message to her ailing husband Jim.
Dot has been used to explore topical and controversial issues such as euthanasia, cancer and homophobia. Dot has been well received by critics: she has been referred to as a cultural archetype and Brown has won multiple awards for her portrayal. However, aspects of the character such as her smoking and her religious beliefs have been criticised, with religious groups suggesting Dot's faith is used in a pejorative manner; the character has made an impact on popular culture. Dot's backstory states that she was born in Walford, the main setting for EastEnders, was evacuated to Wales as a child during the Second World War, her guardians and Will, wished to adopt her, but Dot returned to Walford after Will's death and spent the remainder of her childhood helping her neglectful mother care for her younger half-siblings: Gerry and Rose. Aged 18, Dot married Charlie Cotton; the following year, he forced her to have an abortion. While Dot was giving birth to their son, Charlie was having an affair with her sister, Rose, in Liverpool.
She raised Nick alone, with Charlie making unannounced returns and departures sporadically, although Dot doted on Nick, she was not an affectionate mother. Dot is introduced to EastEnders soon after its launch as the gossiping, chain smoking, Christian friend of Ethel Skinner and Lou Beale who works with Pauline Fowler at the Walford launderette, she has a difficult life with a criminal husband and their son Nick, who appeared in the first episode. Charlie comes and goes, always treating Dot badly and stealing from her, until he dies in a lorry accident. Nick is a criminal, he is unsuccessful. Despite Nick's deeds, Dot believes. Dot associates herself as Walford's Good Samaritan taking in residents when they are homeless. Amongst these include Colin Russell and Donna Ludlow, who becomes addicted to drugs. Dot believes that she can help Donna change for the better, but comes home one day to find Donna dead in her lounge, it is concluded that she died after choking on her own vomit, Dot is devastated.
However, Dot causes trouble for certain residents too, although not intentionally. She is responsible for the break-up of Saeed Jeffery's marriage to Naima Jeffery. Due to the lack of lust in his marriage to Naima, Saeed begins visiting sex workers. After continual pressure, Naima relents and consummates her marriage to Saeed, improving things between the couple, but their marital bliss is short-lived. Naima receives an anonymous letter from Dot. Dot feels it is her Christian duty to inform Saeed's wife, when Naima confronts Saeed, he does not deny it so she leaves him. In 1993, Nick's girlfriend Zoe arrives in
Stacey Fowler is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Lacey Turner. She made her first appearance on 1 November 2004; the character was introduced as a feisty and troublesome teenager, an extension of the established Slater family. She has featured in numerous high-profile storylines, including abortion, drug abuse, a troubled relationship with her mother Jean, discovering she has bipolar disorder, an affair with her father-in-law Max, becoming a victim of rape and murdering Archie Mitchell; the love triangle between Stacey, Janine Butcher and Ryan Malloy, the father of her daughter Lily Branning and the discovery that she murdered Archie and her being framed for attempted murder by Janine, forced her to flee the country on 25 December 2010. Stacey returned for a short stint between 7 February 2014 and 25 March 2014 when she turned herself in to the police for Archie's murder. After reappearing for another short stint between 5 August 2014 and 11 August 2014, Stacey appealed, returned permanently on 1 September 2014.
It was announced on 25 February 2019 that Turner would be taking maternity leave that year. Since her return, Stacey's storylines include her friendship with Shabnam Masood, a relationship with Martin Fowler, a fling with Shabnam's fiancé Kush Kazemi, possessing a mystery key, being electrocuted, giving birth to a son, developing a rare mental illness known as postpartum psychosis, discovering her deceased father had another family, being accused of hurting her son by Carmel Kazemi, which leads to the premature birth of her daughter Hope Fowler, cheating on Martin with Max, which leads to a strained relationship between the couple, repaired and supporting her friend Ruby Allen through her rape. Stacey has proven popular with fans and critics, Turner has won multiple awards for her portrayal. Prior to her arrival, Stacey had a troubled childhood, due to her mother suffering from bipolar disorder, the death of her father, when she was 11. Stacey struggled to cope with her mother's suicidal and erratic behaviour, resulting from her illness.
For a long time, she was Jean's sole carer as her older brother, had disappeared, unable to cope with Jean's condition. Stacey, age 15, arrives in Walford in November 2004, to move in with her great-uncle Charlie after being thrown out by her mother Jean, she causes trouble through her promiscuous and immoral behaviour, is sent back home to Jean. However, she returns to the Slaters beginning to settle down when joined by her mother and older brother Sean, it is revealed that Stacey had a troubled childhood, due to Jean's bipolar disorder and the death of her father when she was 11, after which Sean abandoned the family and left Stacey as Jean's sole carer. In 2005, Stacey befriends Ruby Allen and they become best friends, despite falling out a few times, their friendship ends in 2006, when Ruby encourages Sean to move away from his family and Walford for good, upsetting Stacey and Jean. Stacey becomes involved in the murder of Den Watts when she gives her cousin Zoe Slater a false alibi for his murder, landing an innocent Sam Mitchell in prison.
Sam's family and Den's adopted daughter Sharon Watts pressure her into telling the truth, Den's wife Chrissie Watts is arrested for the murder. Despite being unimpressed by Walford newcomer Bradley Branning, the pair grow to love one another but the relationship deteriorates when Stacey discovers she has been impregnated by Bradley; when he uncovers the truth, Bradley urges Stacey to have an abortion. After hours of pleading with Bradley, she gives up and after doing so, their romance sours. Bradley calls time on his relationship with Stacey, she confides in his father Max Branning and they end up having sex. Subsequently, they begin Max agrees to divorce his wife, Tanya Branning. However, he has this on a halt, he leaves Stacey and she reunites with Bradley marrying. Max propositions Stacey after the wedding ceremony and their brief kiss is recorded on Max's eldest daughter Lauren's hidden video camera. Lauren gives a DVD of the recording to Bradley as a Christmas present, revealing the fling as he plays it to the family.
Devastated, Tanya slaps Bradley ends their marriage again for six months. He decides to give their marriage another chance, suggesting that they start a family. Stacey is uncertain and secretly continues having birth control pills, she seduces Callum Monks. She regrets cheating on Bradley. Although she attempts to reignite the spark in her marriage, Stacey divorces Bradley, she has a one-night stand with Callum. They split, over his harsh treatment of her mother. Following the death of her friend Danielle Jones, Stacey begins behaving erratically, she sleeps with various men on the go and becomes a heavy drinker. She is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but is non-compliant with her medication and becomes paranoid, experiencing hallucinations. Stacey is raped by Archie Mitchell, she believes. After attacking Archie with a broken glass and accusing her frie
Mohammed "Mo" George is an actor who played Gus Smith on the soap opera EastEnders from 2002 to 2008. Before appearing in EastEnders, George made guest appearances in Holby City, Bottom and The Last Detective, he starred as Dennis in the children's program Renford Rejects in 2000. George has Olivia Destiny, his daughter was born in 2005 in Greater London. George was arrested on 8 December 2006 for a suspected assault on girlfriend Emma Archibald during an argument outside a restaurant, she corroborated the claims, in. George was cautioned by the police for having swung a bag of rubbish, was subsequently suspended by EastEnders Executive Producer Diederick Santer for two months, he apologised to the show's producers. It was announced on 18 January 2008 that George and EastEnders had reached a mutual agreement not to renew his contract and he left the show after six years in 2008. George has since stated that he was "forced" to leave EastEnders after the bosses there believed newspaper headlines which he proved wrong.
He has admitted to suffering from depression as a result of his departure from EastEnders. In March 2009, George started libel action against The Sun newspaper, claiming that they said he was "acting like a wild animal" and branded him a "woman beater" and that this was untrue, his lawyer said the reports had "damaged his prospects as an actor". The newspaper contested the claim, but George won £75,000 libel damages on 2 April 2009. In July 2010, the Daily Star apologised and paid damages to George after they incorrectly reported that he had arrived drunk to an EastEnders 25th anniversary party and acted aggressively to the programme's producers. George is now a full-time DJ playing around clubs across the United Kingdom. In June 2016, George was nominated for best actor alongside Idris Elba, Shone Romulus, Emmanuel Imani at the 2016 British Urban Film festival for his role in "Murder Capital" a short film written and directed by Rob Woods. Mohammed George on IMDb
Kathy Beale is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Gillian Taylforth. Portrayed as "an attractive, bright and moral woman", Kathy is one of the serial's original characters, appearing in the first episode of EastEnders on 19 February 1985. Taylforth was dismissed for the role of Kathy due to her young age, but was reconsidered when she impressed show bosses. Kathy remained in a prominent role throughout her original stint on the serial, featuring in high-profiled storylines involving her rape at the hands of James Willmott-Brown and the discovery of a long-lost daughter, Donna Ludlow, following her rape as a teenager. In 1993, the character developed a romance with Phil Mitchell and they had a son, Ben Mitchell, who caused Kathy turmoil when he contracted a rare form of meningitis; the relationship between alcohol abuse and domestic violence was explored through Kathy and Phil in 1997, which led to their separation. Taylforth opted to leave the serial in 1997 and Kathy departed on 10 April 1998 after deciding to move to South Africa with Ben.
The character returned for two separate guest stints in 1999, making her departure on 6 January 2000. Despite reports that Taylforth would be returning to the serial, Kathy was killed off-screen in a road collision in 2006 to facilitate Ben's reintroduction to the serial. Taylforth reprised the role for a charity special in 2014. In the episode broadcast on 19 February 2015, the character made a surprise return to the serial, despite being presumed dead, it was confirmed that the character would be making a permanent return, after a guest appearance on 19 May 2015, Kathy returned on 17 August 2015. Taylforth was hesitant about her reintroduction storyline, inspired by the John Darwin disappearance. Kathy's husband, Gavin Sullivan, was introduced following her return and their abusive marriage was explored; the character had an affair with Buster Briggs. Kathy and her husband Pete Beale are financially stable. Kathy works as a barmaid in The Queen Victoria pub with her best friend, Angie Watts, whilst helping Pete on their fruit and veg stall.
Kathy feels she has put her troubled past behind her but Nick Cotton breaks into Dr Harold Legg's surgery and reads Kathy's medical records. He discovers that she gave a child, Donna Ludlow, the product of rape when Kathy was 14, up for adoption. Nick uses this to blackmail her, which forces her to tell Pete her secret and he reacts badly, she starts a knitting business. Mehmet Osman asks Kathy to knit a batch of jumpers for him. Kathy finds out from Ali Osman that she was conned when Mehmet disappears with the jumpers and money. Kathy learns that Donna, now an adult, wants to meet her but she refuses. Undeterred, Donna moves to Walford. To get closer to Kathy, Donna calls her workplace at The Samaritans and grows close to Kathy's son Ian Beale, who becomes attracted to his half-sister; when Kathy tells Donna to stay away from Ian, Donna reveals. Donna thinks Kathy will be pleased but Kathy is horrified and demands she leave Walford. Donna causes various problems for Kathy. Kathy tells Donna that she is the product of rape.
Donna spends the rest of the year in a downward spiral. James Willmott-Brown employs Kathy at The Dagmar wine bar, angering Pete, the rift worsens when it becomes clear that James is romantically interested in Kathy. After work, James invites Kathy upstairs to his flat, but when he attempts to seduce her, Kathy tries to leave. James refuses to let her leave and his attempted seduction becomes rape. James is formally charged with rape. In the aftermath, Kathy becomes depressed and isolated from Pete, who never believes she is blameless so Kathy leaves him. James tries bribing Kathy to withdraw her statement. Kathy tells the police so a listening DI tapes the conversation, she is forced to relive the rape for the trial, where a skillful barrister presents a good case for James. For a time it seems James could be acquitted, but to Kathy's relief, he is convicted and imprisoned for three years. During this time, Kathy finds unexpected support from Pete's first wife, whom she had despised and they become close friends.
Donna, whom Kathy still refuses to accept, sinks into depression and overdoses on heroin and dies, leaving Kathy wrestling with guilt. Kathy begins a relationship with market trader Laurie Bates, their relationship manages to survive the interference of Julie Cooper, who tries but fails to claim Laurie for herself. However, when Laurie begins buying Kathy extravagant clothing and jewellery, she questions his motives, thinking he's trying to make her look like his late wife, loses interest. Laurie takes her rejection badly and some tactless comments regarding her sexual abstinence makes Kathy believe he has deceived her of his true nature, she ends the relationship. In the year, Kathy begins dating Eddie Royle, he patiently pursues her, but after a few dates, she becomes hesitant and after she sees him kissing Eibhlin O'Donnell - his former girlfriend visiting from Ireland - their lukewarm romance ends. Kathy persuades The Samaritans to take her back as a volunteer, on the condition she is shadowed following her previous stint.
Disa O'Brien phones The Samaritans and t
The Cotswolds is an area in south central England comprising the Cotswold Hills, a range of rolling hills that rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold Edge, above the Severn Valley and Evesham Vale. The area is defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone that creates a type of grassland habitat rare in the UK and, quarried for the golden-coloured Cotswold stone, it contains unique features derived from the use of this mineral. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, the Cotswolds covers 787 square miles and is the second largest protected landscape in England and the largest AONB, its boundaries are 25 miles across and 90 miles long, stretching south-west from just south of Stratford-upon-Avon to just south of Bath. It lies across the boundaries of several English counties; the highest point of the region is Cleeve Hill at 1,083 ft, just east of Cheltenham. The hills give their name to the Cotswold local-government district, formed on 1 April 1974, which administers over half of the area.
Most of the District is in the county of Gloucestershire. The main town is Cirencester and the Cotswold District Council offices are located in that community; the population of the 450-square-mile District was about 83,000 in 2011. The much larger area referred to as the Cotswolds encompasses nearly 800 square miles, over five counties: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire; the population of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was 139,000 in 2016. There is evidence of Neolithic settlement from burial chambers on Cotswold Edge, there are remains of Bronze and Iron Age forts; the Romans built villas, such as at Chedworth, settlements such as Gloucester, paved the Celtic path known as Fosse Way. During the Middle Ages, thanks to the breed of sheep known as the Cotswold Lion, the Cotswolds became prosperous from the wool trade with the continent, with much of the money made from wool directed towards the building of churches; the most successful era for the wool trade was 1250–1350.
The area still preserves numerous large, handsome Cotswold Stone "wool churches". The affluent area in the 21st century has attracted wealthy Londoners and others who own second homes there or have chosen to retire to the Cotswolds; the name Cotswold is popularly attributed the meaning "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides", incorporating the term, meaning hills. Compare the Weald from the Saxon/German word Wald meaning'forest'. However, the English Place-Name Society has for many years accepted that the term Cotswold is derived from Codesuualt of the 12th century or other variations on this form, the etymology of, given,'Cod's-wold', which is'Cod's high open land'. Cod was interpreted as an Old English personal name, which may be recognised in further names: Cutsdean and Codesbyrig, some of which date back to the eighth century AD, it has subsequently been noticed that "Cod" could derive philologically from a Brittonic female cognate "Cuda", a hypothetical mother goddess in Celtic mythology postulated to have been worshipped in the Cotswold region.
The spine of the Cotswolds runs southwest to northeast through six counties Gloucestershire, west Oxfordshire and south western Warwickshire. The northern and western edges of the Cotswolds are marked by steep escarpments down to the Severn valley and the Warwickshire Avon; this feature, known as the Cotswold escarpment, or sometimes the Cotswold Edge, is a result of the uplifting of the limestone layer, exposing its broken edge. This is a cuesta, in geological terms; the dip slope is to the southeast. On the eastern boundary lies the city of Oxford and on the west is Stroud. To the southeast, the upper reaches of the Thames Valley and towns such as Lechlade and Fairford are considered to mark the limit of this region. To the south the Cotswolds, with the characteristic uplift of the Cotswold Edge, reach beyond Bath, towns such as Chipping Sodbury and Marshfield share elements of Cotswold character; the area is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of the underlying Cotswold stone.
This limestone is rich in fossils of fossilised sea urchins. Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Chipping Norton, Dursley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. Bath, Cirencester, Gloucester and Swindon are larger urban centres that border on, or are surrounded by, the Cotswold AONB; the town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century; the nearly 800 square miles of the Cotswolds 80% farmlands, contains over 3,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways. There are 4,000 miles of historic stone walls. A 2017 report on employment within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stated that the main sources of income were real estate, rentin
Pamela Isabel Cundell was an English character actress. Her best-known role was as Mrs Fox in the long-running TV comedy Dad's Army, she was a descendant of Henry Condell, one of the managers of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the playing company of William Shakespeare. Henry Condell helped put together the first folio of Shakespeare's works after his death. Pam Cundell was born in 1920 into a show business family and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before gaining experience in rep and summer shows as a stand up comic. Making her first television appearance in 1957 with Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine, she worked with many of the comic performers of her time, including Frankie Howerd, Benny Hill and Bill Fraser, the last of whom she married in 1981. A semi-regular in Dad's Army as Mrs Fox, her character married Lance-Corporal Jones in the final episode. Cundell appeared in many television shows, including The Bill, On the Buses, Are You Being Served? Casualty, Z-Cars, Big Deal, The Borrowers and, in 2005–06, as Nora Swann in EastEnders.
She worked in the theatre, including pantomime, appeared in several feature films. On 3 August 2008 Pamela Cundell was interviewed, alongside Bill Pertwee and Frank Williams, about her time on Dad's Army for the 40th anniversary tribute show Jonathan Ross Salutes Dad's Army, she explained that her character Mrs Fox was so called because of the fox fur which she always wore draped over her shoulders. Following her death in 2015, Frank Williams and Ian Lavender are the last surviving major Dad's Army cast members. Pamela Cundell was involved with amateur theatre in her years and was President of the Harlequins Theatre Club of Mill Hill, where she directed several shows along with fellow Dad's Army actor Frank Williams, she died at the age of 95 on 14 February 2015. Pamela Cundell on IMDb