EastEnders Cast Photo 2 (1985)

Here remains a record of all the original characters and cast from EastEnders when the show initially premiered in February 1985. The listing is classified by departure date, with the most recent departure being at the peak of the list, and the first farewell being at the ground of the list.

Ian Beale is the longest serving character in the show and from the original cast, who has prevailed in the show for over thirty years without having any breaks in tenure. The second longest serving character is Kathy Beale, who was the first longest-serving cast member until 1998 when she took a skimpy departure but making several guest appearances between 1999 and 2000 before leaving permanently, and then after fourteen years it was announced that Gillian Taylforth was reprising her role in the show's thirtieth anniversary in 2015 and ever since she has remained in the show.

From the original cast Nejdet Salih, Bill Treacher, Leonard Fenton, Andrew Johnson, Peter Dean, Shreela Ghosh, Anita Dobson, John Altman, Gillian Taylforth, Letitia Dean, Adam Woodyatt, Susan Tully, Tom Watt, Oscar James, Linda Davidson, Paul J. Medford and Shirley Cheriton are still alive.


Character Actor When they left
Kathy BealeGillian TaylforthOngoing
Ian BealeAdam WoodyattOngoing
Sharon WattsLetitia Dean2020
Harold LeggLeonard Fenton2019
Michelle FowlerSusan Tully and Jenna Russell2018
Nick CottonJohn Altman2015
Pauline FowlerWendy Richard2006
Den WattsLeslie Grantham2005
Mark FowlerDavid Scarboro and Todd Carty2003
Ethel SkinnerGretchen Franklin2000
Arthur FowlerBill Treacher1996
Pete BealePeter Dean1993
Ali OsmanNejdet Salih1989
Sue OsmanSandy Ratcliff1989
Lou BealeAnna Wing1988
Mary SmithLinda Davidson1988
Angie WattsAnita Dobson1988
Lofty HollowayTom Watt1988
Naima JefferyShreela Ghosh1987
Kelvin CarpenterPaul J. Medford1987
Tony CarpenterOscar James1987
Debbie WilkinsShirley Cheriton1987
Andy O'BrienRoss Davidson1986
Saeed JefferyAndrew Johnson1985

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