EastEnders' family dealt 'seismic shock' as new family arrives in Albert Square

-Credit: (Image: Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron/BBC/PA Wire)
-Credit: (Image: Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron/BBC/PA Wire)

EastEnders is set to welcome a new Mitchell family that will certainly stir things up on Albert Square.

Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick, will discover that his father Stevie Mitchell (Alan Ford) has been keeping a secret family under wraps since his return to the BBC soap earlier this year.

In June, Stevie's son Teddy Mitchell will make his way to Walford in search of his father. The character will be brought to life by Roland Manookian, known for his roles in The Football Factory and Rise Of The Footsoldier franchise series.

Manookian expressed his excitement about joining the cast: "I've been watching EastEnders my whole life, so being part of it is amazing," he told PA News Agency.

He added: "Coming in as a Mitchell means you've got big shoes to fill, but it's a challenge that I'm happy to accept."

The actor also shared his enthusiasm about working with the likes of Perry Fenwick, Steve McFadden, and Alan Ford: "It's a privilege to have the chance to work with the likes of Perry Fenwick, Steve McFadden, and the legendary Alan Ford what amazing company to keep."

Barney, Teddy and Harry standing in square
Albert Square will be rocked with the arrival of a new Mitchell family -Credit:Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron/BBC/PA Wire

“Teddy is an enigmatic sort of fella with old-school principles, but he’s tuned into modernity, too. It’s a lovely part to get my teeth into.”

Teddy's arrival will lead to a tense encounter with Billy and Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) as they meet their new family member along with Teddy's sons Harry (Elijah Holloway) and Barney (Lewis Bridgeman).

Chris Clenshaw, EastEnders executive producer, commented on the new arrivals: "The arrival of Teddy, Harry and Barney will be a seismic shock for Billy and an unwelcome surprise for Phil.

Stevie Mitchell looking shocked
Stevie Mitchell has been hiding a 'secret' family -Credit:BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

"With their arrival sparking more questions than answers, it's not long before the Mitchells find themselves at war as Teddy and his sons are thrust into the heart of the drama," he told PA News Agency.

In addition, Holloway referred to EastEnders as a "British institution" and mentioned that being a Mitchell makes it "even more exciting".

Sharing his excitement about joining the EastEnders cast, he mentioned, "We've been given such a warm welcome, and it's unbelievable to be turning up to work in Walford every day.

"Harry has a lot of charm and swagger, but he's got a bit of a temper, too. He can't resist trouble, or the ladies, so he's ready to shake things up in typical Mitchell style."

On the other hand, Bridgemen expressed excitement about his character Barney stating, "Barney is an interesting character to explore because of his more introverted nature compared to the other members of his family, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he grows and develops in Albert Square."