It’s been revealed today that actor Danny-Boy Hatchard has joined the cast of EastEnders in the role of Lee Carter, the soldier son of Linda (Kellie Bright) and Mick (Danny Dyer) who are of course still finding their feet as the new owners of The Vic,
Lee is, as mentioned above, is a soldier who’s been serving in Afghanistan, and according to the BBC, the character is “Jack-the-lad, charming, upbeat and tigger-like.”
As we’ll see when Lee arrives in the Square in April, Mick and Linda are thrilled to have their son back home, but Lee seems more interested in having a laugh than pulling his weight around the pub.
Is it just that Lee needs to grow up? Or is his mischievous demeanour hiding something more complicated?
As mentioned above, Lee will be played by Danny-Boy Hatchard, who’s just finished performing in the highly praised 20th anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing in the West End.
Danny Boy said, “I’m incredibly excited to be a part of EastEnders, a show that my family and I have watched for years.
“It’s an honour to have the chance to share the camera with such talented actors and I can’t wait to get cracking and join the Carter family.”
The show’s Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, added, “Julia Crampsie, our Casting Executive, has found the missing piece of the Carter family puzzle.
“Danny-Boy has an authenticity and sensitivity that makes him perfect for EastEnders – and the Carter family.
“Lee Carter is going to pelt into the Square, ruffle some feathers and immediately prove that he’s a chip off his father’s block…
“But why is Lee so keen to stay in Walford and not return to the army?”
Danny-Boy begins filming in February, but for now, here’s a look at what’s ahead in the next episode…