Daniel Coonan joins EastEnders as new bad boy Carl White

Monday 6 May 2013, 09:01

Sarah M Sarah M

The sun is shining, the daffodils are sprouting and we can feel things stirring in Albert Square! It's not just hot because of the BBQ you've whipped out, oh no. There's a new face on the scene... and he means business.

Introducing to you, Carl White, Kirsty Branning's loyal yet duplicitous ex-boyfriend. We can't imagine Max is going to be too happy to see this rather handsome chap encroaching on his turf... 

Carl White

How will Kirsty feel when Carl arrives on her doorstep, threatening to turn her world upside down? Just as she's starting to fit in with the Brannings this blast from the past arrives to cause some trouble.

So who is Carl White? Well, he's spent the past few years at her majesty’s pleasure becoming well aquainted with his cell mate... Derek Branning. (Oh if those walls could talk.) But when Carl gets out of prison, he knows what he wants... his money and his lady back.

Kirsty's having none of it, she's blissfully happy pretending to have Max's baby, remember? But Carl's not one to be ignored so heads to Walford to retrieve what is rightfully his.

Daniel Coonan is the lucky man playing the juicy role of Carl. He's appeared in far too many television and stage projects to list them all here, but you may recognise him from Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy, Silent Witness, Dancing on theEdge, Mayday, Inside Men or Law & Order UK.

Daniel Coonan on set Daniel Coonan on set

Speaking of joining the show, Daniel revealed: “EastEnders has been a part of my life since I was 12 years old, I even remember talking about the storylines in school playgrounds in Tottenham and I am very happy and proud to now be a small part of its life.”

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Well, we're very happy to have you Daniel, welcome to the team!

Lorraine Newman, Executive Producer, added: “It’s wonderful to have Daniel Coonan joining us in Walford to play Carl White. Oozing confidence and with a dangerous edge, will Kirsty be able to resist his bad boy charms for long or can Max save her from the lure of the dark side?”

Hang on folks, it's going to be one hell of a ride!


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    Comment number 1.

    Watch out Max this bloke means business, this character looks as though if you mess with him you might spend rather a long time in hospital connected to a drip! As for Kirsty she's going to get the shock of her life when Carl turns up on her doorstep! Compulsive viewing I think! Just when is Kirsty going to tell Max that that is a cushion down her top and she isn't pregnant. Poor Max, his world is going to fall apart at the seems! No more Tanya to go back to and Abby and Lauren don't want to know him, I wouldn't want to be in Max's shoes at the moment.

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    Comment number 2.

    It is always fun to hear actors say they were fans of the show before joining the cast. I'd love to hear him say how he felt when he first walked onto that outdoor set and was suddenly standing in the middle of Albert Square.

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    Comment number 3.

    Horray, wish he came along earlier, could've given Derek Branning a good hiding!!!

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    Comment number 4.

    Please bring Kane- Harry Rafferty back. He got so much potential and he should be given more opportunities.

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    Comment number 5.

    OK? How about better story lines for the present cast.. Better yet, a NEW executive producer! That appreciates great acting and writing. Then maybe EE will be back to top form.


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