EastEnders newbies Danny Dyer, Kellie Bright, Maddy Hill & Sam Strike rehearse pulling pints in The Vic!

by Lynn Connolly
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Fans of EastEnders will know that telly hard man Danny Dyer is set to star in the soap in the role of new Queen Vic landlord, Mick Carter. And he’s joined on the show by actors Kellie Bright, Maddy Hill and Sam Strike who play the roles of the rest of the Carter family…

Kellie plays Mick’s wife Linda, Maddy plays their wayward daughter Nancy, and Sam takes on the role of Mick and Linda’s son, Johnny.

We’ll see the Carter family setting up home in The Vic on Christmas Day, but of course, as the actors will be filming scenes behind the bar, they had to look like they know what they’re doing, and today, the BBC has released some pictures showing their first attempts at working behind the iconic East End boozer’s bar…

Of joining the cast, and filming his first scenes, Danny recently told the BBC, “[It’s all] very, very surreal…

“When you’re doing it, it’s a different process to seeing it, and to see your yourself on The Square is a moment.

“It’s a beautiful thing. I’m loving it.”

And Kellie added, “You want to come in and do the best you can do and we’ve been given some really great material.

“That’s where the pressure comes from really, rather than from anywhere outside of you.“Obviously the cast are already here, so we’re taking over The Vic. It’s massive, you can’t hide from here…

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“You’ve got to hit the ground running, that’s what it’s like.”

Next up, Sam revealed that he’d been assigned a mentor onset. He explained, “I had Jamie Borthwick [who plays Jay Mitchell] and he was very helpful and accommodating.

“He gave me a call after my first meeting here, just to make sure I was feeling alright about everything.”

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And finally, while describing her character, Maddy said, “Nancy is boisterous. A little more boisterous than me…

“She’s a Tomboy, she’s pretty good at sports. She loves cheese.”

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So there we have it! Are you excited to meet the Carter family?

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this Christmas on EastEnders…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.