Twisted, manipulative and damaged - all words you could use to describe Janine. Well, prepare to meet her maternal grandmother Lydia Simmonds, who will be played by famed theatre actor Margaret Tyzack.

A lady of class and dignity, Lydia loved her daughter June to death and couldn't stand the man she ran off with - common as muck Frank Butcher. Growing old alone, Lydia has a got a bit of a reputation with her neighbours and she's resigned herself to a life of solitude as her big house slowly crumbles around her.

Having been estranged for years, Janine is shocked to have Lydia back in her life but she's intrigued as to where it might lead. Does Janine want to look after her Grandmother during her ill health, or does she have more sinister motives? Sounds like a battle we can't wait to see on screen.

Margaret Tyzack has taken many prestigious stage roles and has received two Olivier awards, a Tony award and numerous other accolades for her theatre performances. She has appeared in two Stanley Kubrick films; 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange and is also famed for her memorable roles in The Forsyte Saga, I, Claudius and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.Most recently she has appeared at Le Chatelet Opera in Paris and in My Fair Lady.

Margaret says; "I am delighted to be joining a great British tradition and a fine company of actors".

Bryan Kirkwood, EastEnders Executive Producer, added: "What a coup to have Margaret Tyzack starring in EastEnders. She is an actress of incredible class and talent. Lydia has endless possibilities as a character, and I can't wait to see Janine meet her match."

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Domdomrules

    on 5 Mar 2011 14:31

    ooh

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by TurnMySwagOn25

    on 25 Feb 2011 18:55

    i hate janine too, but she is just a character, there are sum people in the world like janine, eastenderz is based on real life n all that. but charlie is a lovely person in real life.

    oh no janine grandma's cumin 2 albert square!!! i wonder if shes trouble aswell!!!!!!!! lol xxx

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by jordyboy

    on 23 Feb 2011 22:04

    janine oh shes evil janine shes done it all shes been a murder shes been a golddiger a theft a fighter but it was good when she fell in love with ryan becasue you got to see a fun side to janine witch you never see with janine so it was good to see that but then when she found out that ryan cheated on her that set her back to her old ways actually janine is my idol i want to be you i don't know why i just love her in my book janine is very miss understood

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by eastenders_greatest_fan1

    on 20 Feb 2011 14:11

    Janine is a great character,,she brings humour to the show! Can't wait to see her grandmother and how she reacts! xx

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by EmzzEE

    on 18 Feb 2011 16:46

    kooool :)

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by josiegouda

    on 18 Feb 2011 14:24

    When dus Cat get her baby back. Ronnie has no right to keep him

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by josiegouda

    on 18 Feb 2011 14:19

    When dus Cat get here baby back. Ronnie has no right to keep him.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by kkcool

    on 16 Feb 2011 18:23

    Cool so many new characters

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by petros44

    on 16 Feb 2011 14:14

    i remember her playing in I Claudius, as the mother of Claudius, wonderful actress, i look forward to her and hope she will join EE for a long time.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by paddy

    on 16 Feb 2011 10:46

    I wonder what the rest of the Butchers will think of Grandma Lydia in particular Pat.

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