EastEnders Wiki

NOTE: Please do not add spoilers as this is a spoiler-free Wiki and it is intrusive to our readers who may not have seen the episodes released early on IPlayer or do not read spoilers. Repeated intentional offences of this rule could lead to a ban, Many thanks the EastEnders Wiki admin team.


EastEnders Wiki
EastEnders Wiki
Easties phizza and grant mitchell

Phil with Grant in 1993. The calmer Phil trying to keep Grant in check yet again.

Phil Mitchell (born 20th January 1961) and Grant Mitchell (born 8th July 1962) ruled Albert Square, Walford with a rod of iron from February 1990 to Grant's exit in October 1999, although he returned for visits from 2005 to 2006 and in 2016. Don't mess with these East End "bruvvers" or your kneecaps will need replacing.


Phillip James Mitchell was born on the 19th January 1961 and Grant Anthony Mitchell was born on the 8th July 1962, children of Eric Mitchell and Peggy Mitchell (Nee Martin), and bought up in London's East End. Both grew up as a bit rebellious. Often the police turned up on Peggy's doorstep about Phil and Grant and their excuses often were "it was never meant to go that far". In the late 1970s, Grant joined the army. By about 1983, he left the army after 3 or 4 years but was left deeply scarred as he had watched some friends die. Dougie Briggs joined shortly before Grant left. Phil and Grant became mechanics.

In early 1990, Phil and Grant were trying to find a part of London to set up a garage business, somewhere ripe for the pickings.

One night in February 1990, Phil found Albert Square, and Rod Norman saw Phil zip into the square in his Porsche. Phil phoned Grant from his car to say he had found a ripe place.


Phil and Grant Mitchell arrived in Albert Square, Walford, in February 1990. They were new to the area and set up a garage in an arch in the railway viaduct. They bought a flat in Albert Square and made The Queen Victoria their local. They initially came across as 2 cheeky lads even if they were unpredictable, and Phil became a more serious person after a few months, as did Grant a bit later on, and they soon showed how thuggish they could be. They were also a bit dodgy, and got involved in a few scrapes, and even sucked Arthur Fowler into one of their schemes involving dodgy MOT certificates, although Phil took the blame after persuasion from his daughter Michelle Fowler.

While they were handy with their fists, Phil and Grant were not out and out villains (at this point in time), and a far cry from being crime lords, they were just 2 dodgy mechanics. They did have benevolent sides as well. Grant begun dating Sharon Watts in early 1991. However Grant's darker side came out when he found that ex policeman Eddie Royle flirted with Sharon Watts. Grant beat him up badly in the Vic. However, Grant had another PTSD related blackout when he attacked Eddie, and did not know he beat Eddie up until afterwards. Eddie could not forgive Grant so tried to implicate him and Phil in their dodgy deals. Phil vowed to run Eddie out of Walford. Later on Eddie was found dead and Grant and Phil were suspects until Nick Cotton owned up. Also during the spring of 1991 Phil accused Sharon of taking advantage of Grant and got grumpy with her several times. In May 1991 Grant had a nightmare, and Sharon heard the shouting from next door. When she asked Phil about it he told her to mind her own business. In late 1991, Ian Beale owed Grant money and Phil hounded him for it, in the end, Phil took away the engine on Ian's van to offset the debt. Phil seemed to be fiercely protective of his brother Grant and woe betide anyone who took advantage of him.

In December 1991, Sharon and Grant married. However, she was on the constant receiving end of his mood swings and rages. Often, the calmer Mitchell brother, Phil had to restrain Grant. The PTSD from his army days was coming out, from when he had accidentally shot an unarmed boy and had watched friends get killed. This is what made him have nightmares and made him prone to violent rages. Due to this, Grant was judged harshly, especially by Pauline Fowler.

In 1992, Grant wanted a child but found out Sharon was still taking the pill so he smashed up the Vic and then disappeared. While Grant was away, Sharon sought comfort in Phil. They ended up sleeping together. They both regretted it and covered their tracks. Grant torched the Vic in an insurance scam but the claim was denied. Sharon found out what Grant had done so she left him. Grant had yet another violent rage when Sharon returned to seize control of the pub. The police were called by Michelle and Grant attacked the police and was locked up. Phil and Sharon rekindled their affair but ended it when Grant was released from prison in May 1993.

Grant then appeared to turn over a new leaf and rekindled with Sharon. Phil begun dating Kathy and when her ex Richard Cole spread nasty lies about her, for once it was Grant the sensible one and Phil the violent one when Grant restrained Phil from battering Cole in the Vic toilets. As usual, Cole was so calm and flippant about it. Grant did however give Aidan Brosnan a bit of a slap when he found he had nicked from him.

In early 1994, Phil bought one of cash strapped Frank Butcher's flats and Frank's share in the Bridge Street Cafe for a pittance. Phil claimed he was not rich either. He felt he owed Frank a favour. He initially suggested that if the car lot is insured, maybe there should be a fire. When Frank's money worries worsened, he called in the favour and Phil said "You scratch my back and I commit arson for you is that it" in a cheeky way. Phil agreed and they both agreed to cover their tracks.



Grant discovered Phil and Sharon's affair later that year, after he heard Sharon and Michelle discussing the affair on tape, Grant played the Tape in the Vic on Kathy and Phil's engagement party, Grant then runs off, Phil tracks Grant down crying in The Arches, Phil begs Grant to hit him as payback for the affair, Grant refuses but Phil continues to insist, Grant eventually relents but loses the plot and throws Phil into the pit of the Arches.

Phil eventually wakes up and him and Grant forgive each other, Phil and Grant both agree Sharon is to blame for the affair, and they eventually manage to run Sharon out of Walford.

Grant's exit in 1999[]

Episode 1849 (14 October 1999)

When Kathy Beale returns Grant seduces her to get back at Phil for his affair with Sharon, Kathy begs Phil to come to South Africa with her and their son Ben, Phil says he can't go as he needs to help Grant with an upcoming heist, Kathy then tells Phil that her and Grant slept together, Phil is devastated and even purchases a gun for the robbery. During the robbery Phil confronts Grant about his one night stand with Kathy and Grant admits everything and says he did it to get him back for Sharon, Phil then shoots the engine causing the car to crash into the thames, Phil is pulled from the car and survives, but Grant is missing, it is revealed Grant survived and took his daughter Courtney to Brazil.

Phil on life after Grant emigrated[]

In the last 2 months of 1999, after his release from hospital, Phil was sullen and depressed, his life in ruins. He begun drinking and shutting out his loved ones. Phil felt Grant and Kathy had destroyed his life, and sabotaged one more chance to be with his son again, also Phil felt Peggy was a hypocrite as she said nothing about Grant taking Phil's girlfriend yet made Phil feel like scum for what he did to Grant 5 years earlier. Grant told Phil to do what he wanted with his share of The Vic so Phil sold Grant's share of The Vic to Dan Sullivan for £5 to spite his mother Peggy who, with Frank Butcher, owned the other half of the Vic.

In early 2000, Phil started to become increasingly violent. He almost thumped Ian Beale for insulting his alcoholism. When Billy returned he mocked Phil and Phil ended up beating him up. Phil begun to descend into crime, even helping Roy Evans with a dodgy motor scam. Phil even won back The Vic off Dan when Dan betrayed Phil. Phil took his bitterness out on Lisa and acquired no end of enemies such as Steve Owen, Dan Sullivan, Lisa Shaw, Mark Fowler and Ian Beale. Phil bullied Lisa relentlessly.

Phil had become the new hardman of Albert Square by mid 2000. So much so that he was shot in March 2001, his assailant was his abused girlfriend Lisa. Phil later confronted her but did show his good side when he took some of the blame saying he drove her to it. Phil and Lisa seemed to get on afterwards, and he was pleased that Lisa and her new boyfriend Mark Fowler were becoming parents. However Lisa knew the baby was Phil's.

Grant's return 2005-2006 and 2016[]


Grant and Phil return to Walford in 2005, Grant had not been seen in six years and Phil had not been seen in two, the two brothers returned just in time to stop their their mom Peggy from being beaten up by a man hired by Johnny Allen, as revenge for Peggy spreading rumours about him. Phil and Grant then confront Johnny and tell him to stay away, Phil and Grant had returned to get their little sister Sam out of prison after Chrissie Watts had framed her for Den Watts murder. Phil and Grant manage to steal a tape from Johnny in which Chrissie confesses to killing Den, and Sam is released from prison.

Peggy with Grant and Phil

Phil and Grant with their mother Peggy

Grant returns in 2006 with Courtney, Grant takes Phil golfing, Phil then takes a confused Grant to Johnny Allen's house and tells him that Johnny had Dennis Rickman killed, Grant beats up Johnny's henchman Danny Moon, Phil then locks himself in a room with Johnny, when Johnny refuses to confess to killing Dennis, Phil attempts to strangle Johnny however Grant stops him. Johnny then gets in a car and drives off, Phil crashes the car during an argument with Grant, Johnny and Danny then hold Phil at gun point. Johnny orders Danny to take them to the woods and kill them, Danny prepares to shoot them but he is shot dead by his brother Jake Moon, who had found out that Danny was the one who killed Dennis on Johnny's orders and was going to kill Phil and Grant, Phil and Grant then go to confront Johnny but Johnny had already confessed to Dennis' murder after Ruby found out and threatened to disown him if he didn't confess. Grant leaves a couple of months later and Phil continues to live in Walford.


  • Murder by proxy (Phil only)
  • Manslaughter (Phil only)
  • Attempted Murder
  • Association to murder
  • Connection to gangland activities
  • Assault
  • GBH and ABH
  • Robbery
  • Arson (Phil only)
  • Breaking and entering
  • Possession of a fire arm with intent
  • Robbery
  • Blackmail
  • Money laundering
  • Vandalism/Affray
  • Kidnapping
  • Incitement to violence
  • Torture (Phil only)
  • Perverting the course of justice