Set in the East End of London, the show focuses on the tensions between love and family with stories ranging from hard-hitting social issues, to personal, human tragedies. And there's plenty of funny moments too.\ \ Classic characters old and new across thousands of episodes have shared a drink in The Queen Vic, shed tears of despair or joy, sat on Arthur's bench in the Square... and at some point or other they probably crossed paths with Ian Beale.
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EastEnders - List of EastEnders characters (2016) - Netflix
The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2016, by order of first appearance. All characters are introduced by the show's executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins, or his successor Sean O'Connor. In January, Kyle Slater's close friend Sophie Dodd (Poppy Rush) and Stacey Branning's (Lacey Turner) psychiatric nurse Dr Delia Forde were both introduced. Joel Reynolds' brother Tim Reynolds, Jay Brown's (Jamie Borthwick) love interest Linzi Bragg (Amy-Leigh Hickman), Linzi's mother Thelma Bragg (Lorraine Stanley), Jordan Johnson's son JJ Johnson and Claudette Hubbard's (Ellen Thomas) foster son Linford Short (Leon Lopez) all made their first appearances in February. March saw Linford's friend, Andy Flynn, arrive. Kyle's mother, Alison Slater, played by Denise Welch, Shakil Kazemi, the son of Carmel Kazemi (Bonnie Langford) and brother of Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami), and Belinda Peacock's (Carli Norris) husband Neville all made their first appearances in May, while Paul Coker's estranged mother Jenny Rawlinson arrived in July along with Simon Atmore, one of Paul's killers. August saw the arrival of Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) and Michelle Fowler's son Mark Fowler. The rest of Paul's killers and Geraldine Clough (Gwyneth Strong) arrived in September, Lee Carter's (Danny-Boy Hatchard) friend, Moose (Sam Gittins) arrived in October and Lee's colleague Oz Bolat arrived in November. However, Shakil and Andy were the only new regular characters to be introduced in 2016.
EastEnders - Thelma Bragg - Netflix
Thelma Bragg, played by Lorraine Stanley, appears in eight episodes between 8 February and 27 April 2016. Thelma is a pub landlady who comes to The Queen Victoria when they host an event for “East London Lady Publicans”. Thelma is already drunk, and flirts with Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami). She offers Nancy Carter (Maddy Hill) a job as assistant manager at her pub, the Rat and Ferret, and then leaves with her daughter, Linzi Bragg (Amy-Leigh Hickman). After Nancy has a trial at Thelma's pub, Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) contacts Thelma and gets her boyfriend and Nancy's brother Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard) a trial as well. Thelma is impressed by his good looks and agrees to offer him the job. Thelma later collects Linzi from school after Linzi gets into a fight with Louise Mitchell (Tilly Keeper) and is angry with her. Linzi's friend Bex Fowler (Jasmine Armfield) tells Thelma that Linzi is in a relationship with an older man, so Thelma goes to The Queen Victoria, demanding to know who it is, as Linzi is 14. Bex says it is Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick). Thelma confronts Jay as Linzi runs out, and everyone tells Thelma to go after her. Linzi accuses Thelma of being jealous, saying Jay has done nothing wrong, but Thelma calls the police and Jay is arrested. Thelma attends court when Jay pleads guilty and is sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work and must sign the Sex Offender Register for five years. Afterwards, Thelma collects Linzi and tells Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) and Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White) what happened in court. Ofcom received complaints after the scene where Thelma refers to Jay as a “ginger nonce”. A viewer objected to Thelma's choice of words stating that it was a “discriminatory reference to hair colour.” The actress Lorraine Stanley went on to play Karen Taylor a year later, in a regular role.
EastEnders - References - Netflix