He's been mentioned by doting mum Linda on frequent occasions, but we can now put a (handsome) face to the eldest Carter son, mischievous soldier, Lee.

Lee's been serving in Afghanistan, so his parents are pleased as punch to have him back under their roof - and he seems more than happy to be there, if not to pull his own weight. His upbeat charm and - ahem - those arms are more than likely to have the Walford ladies falling over themselves for a meet and greet down The Vic.

Lee will be played by Danny Boy Hatchard (pictured above, centre, with Kellie Bright as Linda and Danny Dyer as Mick). Danny has recently finished touring with Suranne Jones in the critically-acclaimed theatre revival of Janathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing. He's also pretty chuffed to be joining The Square, saying:

“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of EastEnders, a show that my family and I have watched for years. It’s an honour to have the chance to share the camera with such talented actors and I can’t wait to get cracking and join the Carter family.”

 

Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has teased Lee's future, hinting that there may be a little more to him than meets the eye:

 

"Lee Carter is going to pelt into The Square, ruffle some feathers and immediately prove that he’s a chip off his father’s block. But why is Lee so keen to stay in Walford and not return to the army?”

 

Well, we may be speaking for ourselves, but Lee is welcome to ruffle our feathers anytime!

 

Danny Boy will film his first scenes for EastEnders in February.

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by lolagnat

    on 31 Jan 2014 17:54

    When the Slaters came into the show, it was a large family. There was Charlie, Big Mo, Kat, Lynn, Little Mo, Zoe and Lynn's boyfriend at the time, Gary. Also there was Belinda, a sister that was married and showed up in a few episodes. I forgot Little Mo's husband, Trevor, then Stacy came into the show followed by Sean and her mom. The Slaters grew as the girls/boys got married and had children/husbands. The Carters are a large family but they have made friends with the community very fast. Good Luck

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by EmmaEllick

    on 31 Jan 2014 13:25

    I don't think its the Carter show. They aren't in it much over the next few weeks and no other family has been neglected. I think people think Shirley is being overused because she was so underused before that it looks like a bigger jump. They haven't been used more than any other family have been previously and when a new family comes in they need screen time to 'bed them in' as it were. I am enjoying the Carters, it would be nice to see Shirley earn some more respect and find out more about the families past. I am hoping there is more to the story than Stan placing Mick and Tina into care as that doesn't seem to match up to the 'dark' stories that have been promised. I do think some sort of mental abuse has gone on between Shirley and Stan though and that has impacted her life. I look forward to seeing more and finding out why she is the way she is, i think she needs to be redeemed in the eyes of some viewers after yesterdays episode. Also i'm not a fan of Lauren or Stacey but I don't spend all my time moaning about them being on there, just wish people would stop complaining for the sake of it. Go out into the real world and calm down. #justsayin'

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by Sue Wicks

    on 31 Jan 2014 11:15

    This show is becoming The Carter Show - not Eastenders! Please can we have more variety and not every episode centered around this one family.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by monalisa

    on 30 Jan 2014 15:55

    Why are all my comments being removed :(

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by Debbiej

    on 30 Jan 2014 02:00

    I agree with the comments about too many Carter's.!!!!! The Vic belongs to the Mitchells and should stay that way.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by Lulu

    on 29 Jan 2014 20:16

    I've watched Eastenders since it started many many years ago and am sad to say I'm now seriously considering giving it up - and believe me it is a big decision (sad I know!). The reason - the Carter's specifically the parents and in particular the dad. His whole character and ridiculous voice and mannerisms never fail to make me cringe. Never thought I'd say it but I think it's about time to turn it off :(

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by EmmaEllick

    on 25 Jan 2014 16:56

    I for one like Shirley and think there is a lot about her background that we are yet to explore, she is pretty much a blank canvas, I like that her relationship with her family is being highlighted esp with Mick and Stan..
    Also I don't mind big families being brought in, I tend to focus more on the development of the character. If they are decent characters then it doesn't really matter who they are related to.
    I do feel sometimes people can go a bit over the top with it all..Eastenders isn't real. It's complaining for the sake of complaining.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by cn

    on 24 Jan 2014 20:33

    Is it me, or does anyone else think that the new family in the Vic is totally terrible and has really spoilt the programme. Terrible acting! After following the programme from the very beginning, i may have to move channels unless things change rapidly.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by blog123

    on 24 Jan 2014 19:58

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    on 24 Jan 2014 18:07

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