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Joe Wallace made his first appearance on 30 July 1991. He is portrayed by Jason Rush.

Storylines

Joe is a young, gay chef who is HIV-positive. He arrives in Walford in July 1991 and gets a job at Ian Beale's restaurant, The Meal Machine. He encourages Mark Fowler to tell his parents that he is HIV-positive. When Ian discovers that Joe has HIV, he sacks him and disinfects his whole kitchen. Joe then leaves Walford to live with his parents and is the last person to see Eddie Royle alive before Eddie is murdered by Nick Cotton in September that year.

At the trial of Eddie's murder in 1993, Joe briefly returns as a witness. Joe saves Clyde Tavernier from being convicted of the crime, by testifying that he saw Nick Cotton climb down his drainpipe the night Eddie was murdered. This implicates him as a suspect and provides enough reasonable doubt to secure Clyde's release from custody.

His mother writes to Mark telling him he is dying in a hospice in 1994. Joe's death of HIV shocks Mark, but it is visiting the hospice that leads him to meet his future wife, Ruth Aitken.

Appearances

1991

1993

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Andy O'Brien | Lou Beale | Pete Beale | Arthur Fowler | Cindy Beale | Steve Owen | Tiffany Mitchell | Ethel Skinner | Angie Watts | Roy Evans | Paul Trueman | Mark Fowler | Barry Evans | Nana Moon | Den Watts | Dennis Rickman | Johnny Allen | Pauline Fowler | Frank Butcher | Archie Mitchell | Bradley Branning | Tony King | Pat Evans | Heather Trott | Derek Branning | Stan Carter | Lucy Beale | Nick Cotton | Jim Branning | Charlie Slater | Peggy Mitchell | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Ronnie Mitchell | Roxy Mitchell | Steven Beale | Abi Branning | Harold Legg | Hunter Owen | Mel Owen  | Leo King | Denny Rickman
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