Harold Legg
Dr Harold Legg (2018)
© BBC/Adam Pensotti
Portrayed by Leonard Fenton
First Appearance 19 February 1985
Duration 1985–1997, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2018–
Age 98
Date of Birth 1920
Occupation Retired doctor
WifeJudith Martin
FatherGregory Legg
MotherEsther Legg
SistersHester Samuels
Miriam Legg
UnclesLeon Legg
NephewsDavid Samuels
Dr Harold Legg made his first appearance on 19 February 1985. He is portrayed by Leonard Fenton. He made a guest appearance in 2007 to visit Dot. It was revealed in July 2018 that he would be returning to the show that autumn.

In this sleepy corner of Walford, there isn't much call for a doctor's services - just the odd sprained wrist... maybe a sick note or two. Only kidding. In his years of service as Albert Square's resident GP, Dr Legg saw more than his fair share of suicides, breakdowns, abortions and murders. He was widely trusted within the community to give out sound advice and to comfort, reassure and keep secrets. How he slept at night with all of those confidences floating around his head, we'll never know. Humouring hypochondriac Dot's various ailments and helping Mark Fowler come to terms with his HIV was all in a day's work for the dutiful doctor. However, he made mistakes too - failing to diagnose Vicki Fowler's meningitis and deciding not to tell Colin Russell of his multiple sclerosis. He finally hung up his stethoscope to be replaced by dishy Dr Fred Fonseca, but returned to the Square for various funerals, and most recently to provide support for Dot in 2018.



A photo given to Dr Legg by Lou Beale, probably taken before or during the Second World War. From left to right: Judith Legg, George, Lou Beale, Harold Legg, Ethel Skinner. The photo was taken by Albert Beale.

Dr Legg, the Square's Jewish Doctor, was born in London in 1920, his father being Gregory Legg, and his mother Esther Legg. Harold's grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Europe, who lived down Legg Street and Anglicised their surname to Legg as a tribute to their street of residence. In his youth, and still later in life, he was good friends with Lou and Ethel. During the Second World War he lived with his wife, Judith (Who was also good friends with Lou and Ethel) although she was killed while hanging out washing during an air-raid. Dr Legg went to medical school in the early 1940s where he met his wife.


Dr Legg was the local doctor when EastEnders began in 1985, appearing in Episode 1 (19th February 1985) onwards to 1989 followed by recurring appearances after that. He ran the surgery which was in Albert Square. He was a kind and caring doctor but could get stressed at times, occasionally letting things slip his mind. At one stage in 1986 he forgot to shut the surgery window during a lunch break, which led to burglars slipping in and raiding the prescription cabinet, taking some morphine, causing an investigation by the Police, led by Detective Sergeant Roy Quick.

By the 1990s his appearances became less frequent. In 1993 he hired Mandy Salter and Aidan Brosnan to do cleaning but Mandy kept stealing drugs and equipment from him. Dr Legg sacked her in December 1993. He appeared in 1994 and spoke to Richard Cole. He retired officially in 1997 aged 77. He then appeared in Episode 3379 (8 June 2007) to see Dot.

As of 2018, Dr Legg is 98 years old. He visited Dot again in Albert Square in October 2018, and revealed that he had pancreatic cancer.


What can I do for you, Dot?


See also

Dr Legg - list of appearances

Abi Branning | Amy Mitchell | | Ben Mitchell | Bex Fowler | Billy Mitchell | Carmel Kazemi | | Denise Fox | Dennis Rickman Jnr | Donna Yates | Dot Branning | Ian Beale | Jack Branning | Jane Beale | Janet Mitchell | Jay Mitchell | Jill Marsden | Kathy Beale | Khoroush Kazemi (Kush) | Kim Fox-Hubbard | Lady Di | Lily Branning | Linda Carter | Louise Mitchell | Martin Fowler | Matthew Mitchell-Cotton | Mick Carter | Patrick Trueman | Pearl Fox | Phil Mitchell | Ollie Carter | Ritchie Scott | Sharon Mitchell | Shirley Carter | Sonia Jackson | Stacey Branning |Tina Carter | Vincent Hubbard | Whitney Dean  | Johnny Carter | Honey Mitchell | Max Branning | Steven Beale | Lauren Branning
Helen | Jo | Marie Evans | Sarah | Shrimp | Tracey | Winston 
Characters (Selected)
Peggy Mitchell | Kat Moon | Alfie Moon | Sean Slater | Ryan Malloy | Jean Slater | Charlie Slater | Danny Pennant | Zainab Khan | Andrew Cotton | Yvonne Cotton | Glenda Mitchell | Carol Jackson | Charlie Cotton | Cindy Williams Jnr | Liam Butcher | Lola Pearce | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Shabnam Kazemi | Cora Cross | Lee Carter | Babe Smith | Pam Coker | Les Coker | Claudette Hubbard | Preston Cooper
Characters (Selected)
Pat Evans | Stan Carter | Archie Mitchell | Nana Moon | Lou Beale | Tiffany Mitchell | Lucy Beale | Nick Cotton | Carl White | Bradley Branning | Pauline Fowler | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Ronnie Mitchell  | Roxy Mitchell   | Sylvie Carter  | Paul Coker
Actors Danny Dyer | Shane Richie | Adam Woodyatt | Steve McFadden | Mike Reid | Thomas Law | Neil McDermott | Charlie Clements | John Bardon | John Altman | Peter Dean | Perry Fenwick
Actresses Barbara Windsor | Laurie Brett | Lacey Turner | Anita Dobson | Jacqueline Jossa | Rita Simons | Samantha Womack | Tameka Empson | Wendy Richard | Anna Karen