East End crim, Derek Branning should be used to being a wanted man, but there's someone searching for him who's going to shake him up more than any member of the Old Bill could.

Say hello to Alice Branning, who is set to arrive on Derek's doorstep looking for answers from the father she's never met.

Unlike her unscrupulous father, Alice is sweet and has lived a sheltered life with her mum and older brother Joey - who is no fan of their estranged dad. But how will this ordinary girl cope when she finds out the truth about her... extraordinary father? Will she be able to cope with his shady past?

"I've been a fan of EastEnders forever and am thrilled to be cast as a Branning," says actress Jasmyn Banks . "It's such a privilege to be working alongside Jamie (Foreman) and I can't wait to find out what's in store for Alice."

EastEnders Executive Producer Lorraine Newman added: "Jasmine is a great actress and we are delighted to have her join the cast as Alice Branning. Alice will help us glimpse a softer side to Derek and, being part of the Branning clan, there's a huge amount of history for the pair to draw upon which gives us great potential for the future."

What do you think? can you see Derek winning any Dad of the Year awards in the near future? And how would you feel if you discovered he was your dad?

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by Eastenders-Shenanigans

    on 28 Apr 2012 20:48

    Alice hanging around with a bloke from E20? Just can't wait to see Derek's ballistic reaction. I wish Pete was here, he'd be perfect for Alice, I guess.

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by clairedespair

    on 25 Apr 2012 18:57

    U15229315- Jamie Foreman 'Derek' is a very type cast actor, he was in 'hustle' as the mark & tends to get type cast as racist/sexist cockney white van man. Ricky Grover 'Andrew' was once in 'not going out' as a comedy nutter guy, but managed to shed that type cast here. It would be nice if they could show a comedy side to these guys too, being a big bruiser is all very well, but it does get boring. Though I very much doubt the writers will let them be anything other than the usual cliche, especially now they have gone with the current storyline.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by clairedespair

    on 25 Apr 2012 18:37

    Derek's not the one sheltering that evil messed up Ben. I would rather have Derek under my roof than Phil anyday.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by squasher12

    on 24 Apr 2012 15:19

    I too wish that Derek would leave Walford - I am not happy to watch eastenders at present

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by ginge26

    on 23 Apr 2012 16:44

    i belive derek has a soft side to him and alice may bring this out of him or not we will have to wait and find out but he will never replace phill there is only one top dog and its not DEREK

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by MrArianit500

    on 22 Apr 2012 20:21

    OMG he has a daughter for some reason i think she might turn out like lucy

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by eastenderslover118

    on 21 Apr 2012 20:50

    Oh grate, another Abi Branning thats exacty what the square needs!!

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by carl

    on 21 Apr 2012 11:13

    i agree with missy

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by MissyRD

    on 21 Apr 2012 09:08

    I really hope Derek becomes a bit softer and leaves Alfie alone ... Does anyone remember Derek showing his daughter to Jack ?? I bet he was either showing Alice or he thought it was Alice ... anyways @blog123 how can you say another 'pointless' character added to the square ??? this can changed Derek forever or make Derek a little softer and might make him leave the square so he can find his long lost son ... that would be excellent because we wont have to see him on screen for (maybe) a long time !!!!!!

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by carl

    on 18 Apr 2012 14:52

    i bet alice branning will come to eastenders to meet her father derek and then suddenly in the next day or so derek will get arreseted

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