EastEnders is a BBC soap opera which began in 1985 and quickly gained huge audience figures. It was often getting more viewers than even Coronation Street.
Set in the East End of London, EastEnders has tended to be more bleak than other soaps, and is notable for having particularly strong women characters.
Many characters have left EastEnders only to return, with bad boy Nick Cotton being an obvious example. He returned to the soap once more in 2014 - notably not in urgent need of a meal or two...
EastEnders stars have regularly been part of the BBC's annual fundraising event for children - Children in Need. In a 2014 sketch Ian Beale was visited by ghosts from his past, including his dead mother and dead daughter Lucy.
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EastEnders Main Cast List (actors/actresses who have appeared in 1,000 episodes or more - as of April 26th, 2014)
Steve McFadden as Phil (2,425 episodes, 1990-2014)
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