EastEnders continues to add to its roster of incredible talent, as those behind the show today announced two icons of British stage and screen would be joining the cast; Maggie Steed and Christopher Timothy as Joyce and Ted Murray.
The husband and wife duo have been married for almost 60 years, and though they’ve lived in the Walford area all their life, they’re now being rehoused from a nearby estate to Albert Square. Though they’re strangers to many in their new home, they do have former ties to the legendary Dot Branning.
Speaking of joining the cast, Maggie Steed said: “I am very much looking forward to having Christopher as my on-screen husband, he is a terrific actor. We’re going to have lots of fun. I’m incredibly excited to be joining what is such a well-established show.”
Christopher Timothy adds: “The most exciting thing about joining EastEnders is not only that I’ll be back on the television, but I’ll also be working with Maggie. I have admired her for a long time. She is one of my favourite actresses. Filming not just our first scenes but our first episode together will be like first night in the theatre – very exciting indeed. And of course, I’m looking forward to meeting all the cast who I’ve been used to seeing on TV over the years.”
Steed has appeared in many different productions throughout the years, including Born and Bred and recent TV series Chewing Gum. She currently appears in On The Town at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre. Murray isn’t too dissimilar, best known for his roles in all Creatures Great and Small and Doctors.
Executive Producer on EastEnders, Sean O’Connor said of the pair’s addition: “I’m delighted to welcome Maggie and Christopher to Albert Square. They are both already much-loved by audiences and it’s wonderful to have attracted such esteemed and acclaimed actors to the EastEnders cast.
“The Murrays are a breath of fresh air to Walford having achieved a long-standing marriage. But it’s not long before echoes of the past catch up with them. I’m very excited to see what these wonderful performers – and these fascinating characters – bring to Albert Square.”
The Murrays will first appear on-screen later this spring. EastEnders continues throughout the week on BBC One.
Tagged in Eastenders