The Carter clan will continue to grow in 2014, as the family are joined by Stan Carter and Babe Smith - played by acting royalty Timothy West CBE and Annette Badland.

Stan (Timothy West) is Mick, Shirley and Tina’s Dad, a retired Billingsgate fishmonger.

This once-powerful man is fighting a battle against old age, his failing body and is desperate to keep his mind sharp. A patriarch-without-family, Stan is fundamentally lonely - and has been since his wife Sylvie left him over thirty years ago.

When his children return to his life, Stan will see the chance to be part of a family again. But opinionated, curmudgeonly Stan is no fluffy old man in a cardigan and it won’t be long before Stan starts manipulating the whole Carter clan from the comfort of his armchair.

Aunt Babe (Annette Badland) is the Carters’ maternal aunt and a bustling busybody. The aunt you want to cuddle, she’s no-nonsense and big-hearted - but beneath her bubbly front she is tough, shrewd and canny. She loves her nieces and nephews and has always felt guilty that her sister abandoned them when they were young. She’s thrilled to be back in their lives and isn’t going to let Stan ruin things for them again…

“We are reinvigorating EastEnders’ older generation with the arrival of Stan and Aunt Babe, who will start to fill in some holes in the dark Carter family history,” revealed EastEnders’ Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins. “Tim and Annette are national institutions and such gifted, nuanced actors, bringing a real touch of Dickensian magic to the screen. It’s an honour to have them join our company.”

Speaking of joining EastEnders Timothy said “I am excited to be joining EastEnders for the first time. Stan is a wonderful character and I look forward to seeing what is going to happen to him."

Annette added “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of EastEnders as I’ve always admired the show and everyone involved in it seems so warm-hearted. Aunt Babe is a fabulous and complex woman and I can’t wait to get stuck into the role.”

In 1984 Timothy West was appointed CBE for his services to drama. A renowned star of film, television and stage, his previous TV work includes Bedtime, Bremner, Bird & Fortune, Bleak House and Poirot.

Annette Badland is also well known for a wide range of roles across TV, radio, theatre and film. Her previous TV work includes Doctor Who, Wizards vs Aliens and Cutting It. She is currently filming Outlander.

Timothy West and Annette Badland will appear on screen from the end of January 2014.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by lolagnat

    on 16 Dec 2013 16:30

    I agree with Tracy, I hope they don't get Max and Stacy together. I am a fan of Max (Jake Wood) but I think it might be time to have him leave or take a vacation. I like his character who is more insidious than Phil. With Phil, he's in your face with the damage he has inflicted. With Max it creeps up on you, his kids, his wives, his girlfriends, all damaged due to him. Yet you always think he's not as bad as Phil. Don't know, but interesting.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Tracy

    on 16 Dec 2013 15:21

    I would love Tanya to come back, does anyone know if she's out the soapie for good? Phew alot of new people coming, I don't know, something about change is unsettling, oh well I suppose people come and go. I will be really sad not to see Alfie behind the bar anymore. Happy to see Stacey's returning, just hope she and Max don't pair up again ....

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by custard

    on 16 Dec 2013 08:46

    The real problem with this show is that there are far too many characters. The cast is so huge that to get a relevant and interesting story line is nearly impossible. It would be far more to the point if the show cut out most of the cast and made the show more easy to follow. At the present the show seems to consist of 15 to 30 second shots of situations that are not consistent with the plot, thats if there is a plot.Scale the cast down and make the plots more intimate so that we can follow and relate to them. Such as the early episodes way back when.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by dazman

    on 14 Dec 2013 10:57

    I think its GREAT that D.T.C is adding more elderly characters.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by JEastment26

    on 13 Dec 2013 21:46

    This will be interesting and I'm pleased to see these two characters arrive in Walford. They need more older characters.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by JOSH

    on 13 Dec 2013 14:00

    Be interesting to see her character as I've only seen her in doctor who :P

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by anon

    on 12 Dec 2013 14:13

    @viv

    It's a tv program! It's for entertainment..
    They wouldn't have many viewers if they were all just doing what we do in our 'normal lives' I mean come on it's 2013 and not one of them owns a washing machine! They're always in the pub and only a few of them have been known to have a drinking problem.
    Also you don't know what goes on in other people's houses, I mean yeah your normal village may seem normal on the outside but do you really know what goes on behind closed doors?

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Jim

    on 12 Dec 2013 10:51

    It's great to see the cast being refreshed, but I do hope they retain plenty of the younger characters. I remember once watching a documentary about the Aussie soap Neighbours which, in the early days, was a failing programme, then as soon as they introduced lots of pretty, blonde girls, the ratings went through the roof!! I used to watch Corrie, but the appalling scripts given to lots of elderly actors made me stop watching it. So yes, keep the new characters coming, but please remember us Roxy, Ronnie, Lola and Whitney fans!!

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by viv

    on 12 Dec 2013 10:28

    How come Shirley suddenly has a big family ? When she has always been a loner .... And now the carter family are taking over ? It's. a little bazaar !!!! And why do you have to have bullies and people jumping in and out of each others beds married or not ... I live in a village and in normal life I don't see anything that your writers portray .you do hit on life problems ie: cancer and child molestation ect but the bullies and bed hopiping is a bit over the top as is the amount of adultery on screen ....

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by lolagnat

    on 12 Dec 2013 02:51

    Wow,
    These are fantastic actors

    Shirley was always going on how she had no one and then poof, instant family. Funny thing Aunt Babe looks younger than Shirley. Hard to believe that within a months time there are more Carters than Brannings and Mitchells on the square. Bring back Uncle Charlie and Big Mo

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