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Hugo Browning made his first appearance on 26 January 2017. He is portrayed by Simon Williams.

Backstory[]

Hugo is the brother of Elizabeth Willmott-Brown, brother-in-law of James Willmott-Brown, and uncle of Sophie Willmott-Brown (Fi) and Luke Willmott-Brown, and Josh Hemmings.

Storylines[]

Hugo meets Max Branning at The Shard, talking about a plan to redevelop Albert Square as an act of revenge for Max's being falsely imprisoned for Lucy Beale's murder. Hugo meets with Max and tells him that Max's former cellmate, later revealed to be Hugo's nephew, Luke Browning, has requested a prison visit and that Max needs to speed up his plans to take The Queen Victoria pub. In September 2017 when Max collects Luke when he is released from prison, he takes him home to be reunited with his sister, Fi Browning and half-brother, Josh Hemmings. Hugo is revealed to be the brother-in-law of James Willmott-Brown. When Mick Carter and Linda Carter have a meeting with Hugo and Fi, Hugo tells them they have five weeks to pay him £60,000 or else they lose the pub. Later, Fi gives Mick a document where the Carters would receive a payout if they left the Vic. Mick then signs the paperwork but he signs it as "Lady Di" which leaves Hugo furious. He then reveals that Fi had been sharing personal information about the Carters with him. Linda then throws a drink in Fi's face. Hugo and Fi then leave and Hugo threatens to evict the Carters if they do not pay the money. Fi tricks the Carters into believing they can pay £50,000, which they raise, but as this was a lie, James, Luke and Hugo serve the Carters with an eviction notice. When James suffers a heart attack after Fi believes Kathy Beale's side of the story about Janes raping her, Fi puts together a dossier containing incriminating evidence against Weyland & Co. Fi threatens to give it to the police, bringing down the entire company unless Hugo signs all the Walford properties over to her. In order to ensure the survival of the company, Hugo signs all the properties over to Fi so that she can sell them back to their owners, and the Walford redevelopment plan is abandoned.

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