George Lawlor made his first appearance on 5 July 1990. He is portrayed by Edmund Kente.
George is a business associate of Ian Beale, whose catering business has failed, so he sells his client base and equipment to Ian for his catering business, The Meal Machine.
He recognises The Meal Machine's chef Joe Wallace, as he had previously sacked Joe when he found out that he had HIV. He demands that Joe tell Ian that he has AIDS, but Joe quits instead without telling Ian why. George then informs Ian about Joe's HIV, and Ian immediately has The Meal Machine kitchen thoroughly disinfected.