EastEnders newcomer David Witts, who’s playing the role of Derek Branning’s son Joey, has been talking to Soaplife about the fact that for his character, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the genetic tree in that David describes Joey as, “a compulsive liar.”
And of course, Derek (Jamie Foreman) is not only a liar, he’s a career criminal and a thug who’s presently intimidating teenager Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) into handing over to him all the takings from the café and the chippy.
But back to what David had to say of Joey, who we’ll meet in the episode that airs on Monday, July 2nd, he explained, “Derek left when Joey was seven and Alice was a baby and Joey’s been like a father figure to her.
“He’s very protective of her and isn’t happy about her wanting a relationship with Derek. Alice doesn’t know Derek, but Joey does…
“He knows he’s every bit as bad as people are making out.”
But Alice really wants Joey to get to know Derek, but of that, David said, “He’s not interested. However, Derek wants to get to know Joey and tries very hard.
“For the time being, though, Joey doesn’t want to know.”
And of how similar father and son are, David said, “There are parallels although Joey wouldn’t want to admit to that.
“He likes to think that he’s very moral, but he is in fact a compulsive liar.
“He’s also been billed as a bit of a Lothario. He’s interesting because he has this paternal and protective streak, but he also has a dark side…
“What’s interesting about Joey is that he’s a different person depending on who he’s with. He can be very charming, but he’ll lie to get people to do the things he wants them to do.”
Are you looking forward to meeting Joey?