Matthew Rose
Matthew Rose
Portrayed by Joe Absolom
Introduced by Jane Harris
Gender Male Male
First Appearance 26 August 1997
Last Appearance 3 February 2000
Episode Count 157
Address Albert Square
Status Alive
Occupation Disc jockey
Classification Former; regular
FatherMichael Rose
MotherSusan Rose
UnclesColin Rose

Matthew Rose was the son of market inspector Michael Rose. In February 1999, he witnessed his employer Steve Owen kill his girlfriend Saskia Duncan. Steve tried to frame Matthew. In February 2000, Matthew got revenge on Steve and got £10'000 out of him. He has not been seen in Walford since. Matthew was played by Joe Absolom.



Matthew Rose was born on the 8 January 1981 to Michael Rose and Susan Rose. He was their only child. By 1997, Matthew was a typical teenager who got into a few scrapes and was sulky.


Matthew Rose arrived in Albert Square in August 1997 as his father Michael was the local market inspector. Matthew briefly dated Sarah Hills. In 1998 he almost got involved in drugs while on a trip to The Norfolk Broads with Teresa Di Marco, Tony Hills and Robbie Jackson. Matthew became friends with Jamie Mitchell. One night, they pretended to be over 18 but Jamie's' distant cousin Grant Mitchell threw them out. In December 1998, a man bought the nightclub on Turpin Road. This man was Steve Owen. Steve employed Matthew as a DJ. Steve's demented ex girlfriend Saskia Duncan turned up and began stalking him. In February 1999 Matthew witnessed a fight between Steve and Saskia where she tried to strangle him. He hit her over the head with an ashtray and killed her. Steve coaxed Matthew into helping dispose of the body in Epping Forest. Matthew started having nightmares and could not contain his grief. Steve pressured him into keeping quiet after Matthew wanted to go to the police. Steve even threatened to kill Matthew if he started blabbing. Matthew did confess to Teresa Di Marco, his then girlfriend. In June 1999, Saskia's body was discovered and Matthew stole Steve's bank card and him and Teresa went to Nottingham. They are chased by Steve and Teresa's brother Gianni Di Marco. Both were arrested and Steve said Matthew killed Saskia.

Matthew was truly framed. He was beaten up in prison but his cellmate got some heavies to rough Steve up a bit. Matthew was left a snivelling wreck. At the trial Steve was acquitted of murder and manslaughter and Matthew was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. Later one he was released when Steve's fingerprints were found on the ashtray. Everyone knew Steve stitched Matthew up and he was met with disdain from Phil Mitchell and Mark Fowler. Matthew's time in jail bought on a harder edge to him. He became much more savvy, and had a more menacing side to him, so planned revenge on Steve.

On New Years Eve 1999, after toughening up a lot, Matthew vowed revenge on Steve. He spray painted his house, blocked his nightclub toilets and began stalking him. Steve hired a detective named Will. Matthew hid the bullets of Steve's gun and turned up on the 1st February 2000 carrying a petrol can. Matthew demanded £10'000 and later held him captive and said revenge was about power. He then said he would burn them both in a fire and that he had killed Saskia's sister Claudia and framed Steve for it. Steve was left whimpering. Matthew then said it was all a bluff. The boobie trapped lightbulbs, Claudia, and the petrol which was just water. He said Claudia was in America now, and that he has not seen her. Matthew just wanted to make Steve suffer. Matthew had videoed all this on the CCTV and took the tape. He told Steve he had taken the power back. He thanked Teresa for sticking by him and told her to be happy. He said he was leaving the area for good as he could not stay, not after the Saskia thing and having to live near Steve. He took the £10'000. He then walked out into the night, pleased that he got his own back, and that he would never see Steve ever again.

Matthew has not been seen in Walford since and his whereabouts from then on were unknown. However he did find out about Steve's death in a car crash in 2002 and sent flowers and a card saying "Dear Steve. Rot in hell". Melanie and Ian read the card from Matthew.

In February 2018, 18 years since Matthew left Walford, he was mentioned when Melanie told her son Hunter Owen how his dad Steve stitched Matthew up.

Character creation and development


See also

Matthew Rose - List of appearances

Ian Beale | Sharon Mitchell | Kathy Beale | Dot Branning | Martin Fowler | Phil Mitchell | Sonia Fowler | Robbie Jackson | Mel Owen | Ben Mitchell | Billy Mitchell | Kat Moon | Mo Harris | Bex Fowler | Patrick Trueman | Louise Mitchell | Bobby Beale | Stacey Fowler | Jean Slater | Ruby Allen | Honey Mitchell | Denise Fox | Max Branning | Janet Mitchell | Shirley Carter | Jay Brown | Rainie Branning | Jack Branning | Dotty Cotton | Will Mitchell | Whitney Dean | Tiffany Butcher | Amy Mitchell | Dotty Cotton | Kim Fox-Hubbard | Lily Fowler | Ricky Mitchell | Tommy Moon | Dennis Rickman | Tina Carter | Linda Carter | Mick Carter | Bert Moon | Ernie Moon | Kush Kazemi | Pearl Fox-Hubbard | Ollie Carter | Arthur Fowler | Keegan Baker | Ted Murray | Karen Taylor | Keanu Taylor | Bernadette Taylor | Chatham Taylor | Riley Taylor | Hope Fowler | Abi Branning | Arshad Ahmed | Mariam Ahmed | Callum "Halfway" Highway | Hayley Slater | Mitch Baker | Stuart Highway | Adam Bateman | Cherry Slater | Evie Steele | Mica Fox-Hubbard | Bailey Baker | Habiba Ahmed | Iqra Ahmed | Ash Kaur
Characters (Selected)
Saeed Jeffery | Debbie Wilkins | Tony Carpenter | Kelvin Carpenter | Naima Jeffery | Sue Osman | Mehmet Osman | Ali Osman | Vicki Fowler | Paul Trueman | Zoe Slater | Chrissie Watts | David Wicks | Simon Wicks | Ricky Butcher | Diane Butcher | Andrew Cotton | Peter Beale | Liam Butcher | Dean Wicks | Babe Smith | Courtney Mitchell | Grant Mitchell | James Willmott-Brown | Johnny Carter | Tanya Cross | Lauren Branning | Michelle Fowler | Alfie Moon | Annie Smith | Lofty Holloway | Mary Smith
Characters (Selected)
Lou Beale | Andy O'Brien | Pete Beale | Arthur Fowler | Cindy Beale | Steve Owen | Tiffany Mitchell | Ethel Skinner | Angie Watts | Roy Evans | Mark Fowler | Barry Evans | Den Watts | Dennis Rickman | Johnny Allen | Pauline Fowler | Frank Butcher | Archie Mitchell | Nana Moon | Bradley Branning | Pat Evans | Heather Trott | Derek Branning | 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
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