EastEnders are welcoming two new additions to the cast with legends of British TV and theater joining Albert Square.
Maggie Steed and Christopher Timothy will be joining as Joyce and Ted Murray, who have been married for nearly 60 years.
The duo have lived in Walford all their lives, but have only come to Albert Square after having their lives upheaved when they’re rehoused from a nearby estate.
With new neighbours, there’s bound to be tension… However, they do know one local face. Dot Branning (June Brown).
Maggie said of her casting: “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.
“And I’m incredibly excited to be joining what is such a well-established show.”
Maggie recently appeared in Chewing Gum and has previously starred in shows and productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
Christopher Timothy is most well known for appearing in All Creatures Great and Small and also shared his excitement at the new role.
“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.”
Executive producer Sean O’Connor added: “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.”
EastEnders airs on BBC One, weeknights.