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List of Family Affairs characters

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This is a list of characters from the British soap opera Family Affairs listed in alphabetical order by the characters' surnames.


Scarlett Anderson

Scarlett Anderson was played by Cat Simmons during 2005.[1] Scarlett's storyline sees her seduce married man Les Boulter (Howard Saddler). But he tells her it was a mistake.[2][3]

Caleb Andrews

Caleb Andrews was played by Steve Tosssaint during 2004 and appeared as a series regular.[4] He is the best friend of Les Boulter (Howard Saddler) and love interest of Les' wife Denise Boulter (Clare Perkins).[5] One notable storyline for the character involved him taking a HIV test, the results of which were negative.[6]

It is revealed that he Brendan Boulter's (Steven Burrell) biological father. Caleb tries to reignite his affair with Denise, but in the end Denise chooses Les. Caleb shares a kiss with Eileen Callan (Rosie Rowell), whose husband Pete Callan (David Easter) was held on remand for murder. Caleb leaves Charnham because Eileen's daughter, Lucy Day (Julia Lee Smith) witnesses the kiss and threatens to tell Pete.

Gavin Arnold

Gavin Arnold was played by Neil Roberts and made his first appearance in 2001. Roberts was a newcomer to the soap opera genre and was signed to the show's regular cast.[7] A columnist from the Daily Record included Gavin's return to Charnham in their "pick of the day" feature.[8]

Polly Arnold

Polly Arnold was played by Juliet Cowan during 2001.

Tanya Ayuba

Tanya Ayuba was played by Laila Rouass between 2000 and 2001 and was a doctor. The character appeared on a recurring basis and it was Rouass' first role on British television.[9][10] Ten years after her departure from the show, Rouass claimed she was still recognised as Tanya.[11]

A Soaplife reporter revealed that Tanya would be stunned when her boyfriend Gavin Arnold (Neil Roberts) asks her to move in. They added that Tanya feels that their relationship is moving too fast and curious about his relationship with his estranged wife Imogen. Tanya finds Imogen's address and goes to see her in what transpires to be a "disastrous visit".[12]


Cheryl Barker

DC Cheryl Barker was played by Cathy Murphy between 2003 and 2004. She engaged in a live-in relationship with Dave Matthews, which sometimes caused tensions given his propensity to sometimes operate outside the law.

Madge Bennet

Madge Bennet played by Heather Chasen appeared for 5 episodes in 2005.

Brendan Boulter

Brendan Boulter was played by Steven Burrell between 2003 and 2004.

Denise Boulter

Denise, along with her husband Les and children Brendan and Kelly moved into Stanley Street in December 2003 shortly after the death of Roy Farmer in the cybercafe fire. Denise and her husband purchased the corner café and number 16 Stanley Street from Roy's widow Nikki Warrington. They started a restaurant on the site of the café and the family moved into number 16. Les's old friend Caleb Andrews (Steve Toussaint) was employed to work in the restaurant as a cook.

Denise initially tried to keep secret the truth about a long-ago affair with Caleb, and the fact that Brendan was actually Caleb's son. Denise and Caleb resumed their affair, but quickly ended it when Denise realised she loved Les, however Les found out about it soon after.

During her time on Stanley Street, Denise built up strong friendships with Cat MacKenzie, Chrissy Costello, Eileen Callan and Cheryl Barker. The five of them formed a pub darts team.

While walking home one night in December 2004, Denise was raped by an unidentified assailant. Les immediately suspected Christian Habgood, Denise's tutor at Charnham College. However, when entering the car of local taxi driver Graham Harker (Lee Warburton) Denise suspected him of the crime based only on her recollections of the smell of his aftershave and his usage of the phrase "Scout's honour". The police questioned Harker, but no forensic evidence could be found to link him to the crime and they were forced to release him due to lack of evidence. Denise persisted with her desire to see him arrested, and eventually learned the true identity of her attacker.

Shortly after this Denise discovered that Les had been to see prostitutes on a number of occasions. Marriage counselling was unsuccessful, the couple split and in late 2005 Denise moved away. Her daughter Kelly and granddaughter Susie later joined her.

Denise was portrayed by Claire Perkins.

Kelly Boulter

Kelly Boulter, played by Carryl Thomas, made her first appearance in October 2003 and departed in August 2005.

Kelly first appeared in Charnham in October 2003, around the time she was dating Benji McHugh. Kelly had also been sleeping with Justin MacKenzie. When Kelly fell pregnant with twins, there was some doubt over the paternity of the babies. Eventually, Justin was revealed to be the father. Despite Benji's warnings to take things easy, Kelly began drinking and as a result collapsed and was hospitalized. In hospital, doctors revealed Kelly had lost one of the twins. Benji left Charnham for sunnier climes after this.

Kelly's family, particular her father Les and brother Brendan didn't really care for Justin, as they liked Benji. However, Denise, Kelly's mother was prepared to give Justin the benefit of the doubt. After the Boulters had settled into the area and purchased the corner cafe previously owned by Roy Farmer until his death in a fire at the same premises in November 2003, Kelly had made some friends in local teenage girls Lucy Day and Melanie Costello.

In July 2004, Kelly gave birth to a baby girl, Susie, named after Justin's mother. Justin and Kelly later became engaged.Throughout the rest of the year, Kelly was involved in several family dramas including the break-up of Brendan's marriage to Melanie following a revelation that Brendan was bisexual; and Denise's rape.

In early 2005, Kelly and Justin were horrified when they were accused of abusing Susie, after she had suffered severe head injuries. The Boulters and MacKenzies were under surveillance from social workers for several months until a judge at a hearing was satisfied that nobody was at fault but ordered a review every three months.

In August 2005, after Denise had left Les, Kelly wasn't too far behind as her relationship with Justin fell apart after he'd slept with a friend of hers from College; Scarlet Anderson. It turned out Scarlet had also slept with Les. Following this, Kelly left Charnham, taking Susie with her and later joined Denise.

Les Boulter

Lester "Les" Boulter, played by Howard Saddler, made his first appearance in November 2003. He departed in August 2005.

Les first appeared in Charnham in November 2003, shortly after he and his wife Denise, had heard the news that their daughter Kelly was pregnant. Just before Christmas, Les and Denise moved into the area and began running their own Cafe on the site of the previous Cybercafe that had been destroyed in a fire, resulting in the death of the owner, Roy Farmer.

Les took a dislike to Kelly's boyfriend, Justin MacKenzie but eventually warmed to him.

During the first few months of 2004, Denise had been having an affair with old friend, Caleb Andrews. Les found out but eventually forgave Denise. Further shocks were to come when Les discovered Brendan wasn't his son, but Brendan reassured Les that he considered him his dad.

Things went from bad to worse between Les and Denise. Les became jealous of Denise spending so much time with her tutor at Charnahm College, Christian Habgood. One night in December, Denise was raped while walking through an alleyway.

When cab driver Graham Harker moved into Stanley Street, Denise immediately recognised his voice. After months of high drama and Graham's arrest for kidnapping Denise and holding her daughter-in-law Melanie against her will in his flat, Les and Denise tried to get things back to normal but the damage had been done.

Les began seeing prostitutes on two occasions, despite hesitating. Les was arrested on the spot one day and fined. Following this, Les and Denise separated.

Les sold the corner cafe to Marc MacKenzie and moved up to Liverpool, leaving Justin in charge of letting his house.

Conor Byrne

Conor Byrne was Declan's brother, resident in Charnham for several months in 2000.

Conor was played by Glenn Mulhern.

Declan Byrne

Declan Byrne was played by Quentin Jones between 1999 and 2001.


Eileen Callan

Eileen Callan (née Day) was played by Rosie Rowell from 2002 until final episode in 2005.

Pete Callan

Peter 'Pete' Callan was played by David Easter from 1997 to 2005.

Pete becomes close to Julie-Ann Jones (Chloe Howman) and nearly sleeps with her. Julie-Ann's mother realised what could happen and informed Pete that he is Julie-Ann's father.[13] Easter told Sue Malins from Soaplife that "Pete always regrets that Julie-Ann came into his life a fully grown woman and that he missed out on her childhood years."[14] Missing out on Julie-Ann growing up makes him realise that he cannot let the same occur with David Junior. Pete is annoyed when Cat Matthews (Nicola Duffett) puts Dave Matthews (Richard Hawley) as David Jnr's father on his birth certificate.[14] Pete decides he will be more successful in a custody battle if he too were married. He sets his sights on family friend Siobhan Jones (Jemma Walker). Easter explained that "he realises that her has to find a partner so he can present himself as part of a stable relationship equipped to raise a child."[14] Easter believed that Pete targets Siobhan despite being aware that she is vulnerable. But she had always called him "Uncle Pete" and viewed him as a friend. As the storyline progresses he proposes to her. Easter added that "despite being completely calculating in the beginning"; Pete proposes marriage out of genuine love.[14]

A reporter from Soaplife observed that "nearly every woman who walks into this soap seems to walk into his arms – and is soon made to regret it."[13]

Pete begins a relationship with Charlotte Day (Leanne Lakey).[15] She later proposes marriage to him despite allegations that he has slept with his ex-wife Claire Toomey (Tina Hall). Following advice from Siobhan that Charlotte may be his final chance of happiness, that Pete decides to accept. But a new affair storyline is developed and Charlotte sleeps with Johnny multiple times. Pete learns of their affair and decides to set a trap.[15]

A Soaplife writer said "Charlotte and Pete's relationship is proving more elastic than a pair of Cat's leopard-skin leggings. But, unlike the aforementioned garment, it seems to be holding up very well, despite much outside interference."[15] Beth Hart from Digital Spy believed that Pete had met his match in Charlotte because she kept him "on his toes" since they met.[16] Hart later branded him "Charnham's arch manipulator".[17] Soaplife's Di Hollingsworth said "Pete Callan's a cunning, devious charmer who manages to smile that evil smile of his even when he's delivering the nastiest threat imaginable. Women don't seem able to resist falling at his feet."[18] The writer later opined that "Pete's a guy totally without morals. Combine that with oodles of sex appeal and you've got a deadly cocktail, one that Pete serves up when he needs to get his own way. He can turn on the charmm like a tap, and he frequently does."[19] Fellow columnist Emma Pomfret observed "Pete Callan's love life is about as savoury as one of Fred Elliott's best tripe pies."[20]

Pete entered the storyline in June 1997. As Maria's callous former husband he was disliked by most of her friends, the Hart and Gates families and their associates. Nevertheless, he took over running local bar restaurant The Lock where they all regularly hung out. Pete developed a deep-seated enmity with Roy Farmer, and later developed similar rivalries with his employee Josh Matthews and Josh's father Dave.

Despite his thuggish tendencies Pete was revealed to have a love of children. During a brief and troubled marriage to Claire Toomey was nevertheless a devoted stepfather to her twins Evan and Stella.

After splitting from Claire, Pete embarked upon a De facto marriage to Dave' ex-wife Cat for several months, but it was eventually revealed to have been a con perpetrated by Pete to exact revenge on Dave and to swindle Cat out of her home. He had convinced her to sign over ownership of her home to him as a formality to expedite a business transaction. After this was done he revealing the con to her, ended the relationship, and kept the house. Soon after this Cat found she was pregnant. At first there was doubt as to whether the child was Pete's or Dave's. Tests showed the child to be Pete's.

After selling The Lock and buying pub The Black Swan, Pete reemployed Josh as a barman to pay off a debt. Pete later murdered Josh, framing his then-wife Siobhan for the crime. She was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. Soon after the trial she realised that Pete had framed her. Pete was imprisoned (on remand) for a lengthy period starting December 2003 after being framed for arson by his then-wife Eileen. He returned after being acquitted at his trial in June 2004.

He continued in Charnham until September 2005 when he was shot dead during an armed standoff with S019 officers.

Pete was a very iconic Family Affairs character. He was born on 9 July 1959 in Liverpool or London but was living in Stepney, London by the time he was 11. His real father's first name is unknown but his Scouse mother Joan, who we saw in the series, remarried when Pete was 11 and Pete suffered years of abuse at the hands of his stepfather. His mum knew but never did anything. Pete was charged for his stepfather's manslaughter in 1975 and sentenced to 3 years in prison. He had an affair the very early 1980s with Patsy Jones, the wife of his mate Reg and Patsy gave birth to Julie Ann in 1981 but Pete never knew Julie Ann was his until 18 years later. He married Maria in the 1980s and made his debut in Charnham in 1997.

David Cash

David Cash was played by James Gaddas. The character is a solicitor and boss and partner to Holly Hart (Sandra Huggett).[21]

Chloe Costello

Chloe Costello was played by Leah Coombes from September 2003 until the end of the series in 2005.

Chrissy Costello

Christine (Chrissy) Costello (née Maxwell) was played by Kazia Pelka from 2003 until the end of the series in 2005.

Gary Costello

Gary Costello was played by Gary Webster from 2003 until the end of the series in 2005. Gary first arrived in Charnham in September 2003, after purchasing Number 12 Stanley Street from Jim Webb and his family who had recently moved to Spain. Gary had lost his job in Chigwell and was forced to move his wife Chrissy, and their daughters Melanie and Chloe to Charnham. A short while later, Gary's mother Myra, moved over from Spain to live with the family. Gary later went into partnership with Dave Matthews and together they set up a business called Gaz n' Dave's, a minicab firm.

Later that year, Chrissy had taken Chloe to the doctors and had told Gary that Chloe had been diagnosed with cancer. This later turned out to be a lie, resulting in the subsequent arrest of Chrissy. Chrissy had duped the local residents into starting a collection for Chloe. It transpired that Chrissy had suffered from mental illness after losing her sister, Helen as a child. Gary and Chrissy's marriage went through numerous problems and they separated for a while. In October 2004, Melanie's ex-boyfriend, Bradley Foster who had lodged with the Costellos for several months, had been accused of sexually abusing Chloe. This led to a fierce showdown on Bonfire Night when Gary wanted a confession and Bradley (who had moved next door to with his mother, Sharon Ingram and her boyfriend Conrad Williams) began goading Gary about how Chloe wouldn't leave him alone. Gary angrily shouted "She's only 10 years old!" and promptly punched Bradley, knocking him out. Gary was remanded in custody for assault and Bradley, upon receiving a retina operation was arraigned with him, as Bradley had been charged with possession of indecent images. Both were subsequently bailed, but a question mark hung over Gary's future. On Christmas Eve 2004, Gary proposed to Chrissy to remarry him and she accepted. Gary stood trial in Spring 2005 for the assault on Bradley and things weren't looking very good. The verdict was rendered and the jury found Gary not guilty.

Shortly afterwards, Gary and Chrissy remarried. The Costellos had more dramas to worry about when Melanie ran away in May 2005 after a failed relationship with Graham Harker, who was revealed to be the rapist of Melanie's ex-mother-in-law, Denise Boulter. Gary began to struggle a little with the cab business once Dave left for Scotland. In the final week of the series, Mel returned home and Gary was very welcoming towards her whereas Chrissy was quite cold. Eventually, Chrissy warmed to Mel's return. In the final episode of the series on 30 December 2005, Eileen Callan, the former landlady of The Black Swan pub revealed she had a win on the lottery and bought a house in Chigwell and one next door for the Costellos.

Melanie Costello

Melanie Costello (formerly Boulter) was played by Rebecca Hunter from September 2003 until May 2005. She returned for the final week of the series in December 2005. Melanie first arrived in Charnham in September 2003, along with her parents Gary, Chrissy and her 8-year-old sister, Chloe. Gary had recently lost his job and the family were forced to move from a mansion in Chigwell into Number 12 Stanley street which had recently been vacated by Jim Webb, his sister Karen, Karen's husband Matt and their daughter, Grace.

Mel struggled to adjust to life in Charnham. Her Boyfriend, Bradley Foster had gone travelling to Australia and Melanie was finding it difficult to get work. Melanie tried the local pub, The Black Swan, but was rejected after her new friend Lucy Day mentioned to the landlord, Pete Callan that Melanie was underage. Melanie eventually managed to land a job working for Roy Farmer at the cybercafe. Mel had a brief experimentation with drugs and offered her new friend Lewis Davenport some pills. Lewis had an adverse reaction and collapsed. Lewis assured Mel that he took the pills of his own accord. Further problems arose, when Chloe, Mel's younger sister discovered the pills in her and took one causing her to fall into a coma. Luckily, Chloe recovered. Gary was forgiving, but Chrissy was still angry. Eventually Chrissy forgave Mel. At the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004, Mel began dating Brendan Boulter, her friend Kelly's brother. During a dinner at the Costellos, Chrissy talked non-stop about Mel's previous boyfriend Bradley. Chrissy had made it abundantly clear that she wasn't happy with Mel dating Brendan, who she hardly knew. Despite this, Mel continued seeing Brendan, unaware that he was living a double life.

After suspicions from Pete Callan's wife Eileen, which were later confirmed by local nurse Tanya Woods, Chrissy had been exposed for lying about Chloe having cancer and was arrested. Melanie was later held in custody after taking £500 from Chloe's account for Lewis (to feed his drug addiction). Melanie was later forced to pay back the money. At Brendan and Melanie's engagement party which, was held at the Boulters' place, Brendan told the truth about him being bisexual and Mel promptly called the engagement off after outing him. After much coaxing, Mel decided to go to New York City with Brendan, who had originally bought the tickets as an engagement present. On their return, Mel and Brendan surprised their families by announcing they had gotten married while in New York. Chrissy was against the idea and wanted the marriage annulled but Gary talked her out of it. Mel and Brendan were happy living at Number 16 along with Brendan's family, for the time being.

In November 2004, On the day of the christening of Brendan's niece Suzie, Melanie found out that Brendan had lied to her once again about Jason, a man who identified himself as Brendan's boyfriend. Melanie decided to end it once and for all. In March 2005, Melanie began dating Graham Harker, much to the chagrin of her in-laws, The Boulter Family. Denise identified Graham as her rapist. Melanie refused to believe this claim and stood by Graham until one day Graham lost his temper and hit her. It wasn't until Graham was arrested for kidnapping Denise, that Melanie began to realise the truth. Following Gary's acquittal of assaulting Bradley for molesting Chloe and her parents' remarriage; Melanie decided to leave Charnham leaving her family worried. In December 2005, Melanie returned home just before Christmas and was greeted with a less than warm reception from Chrissy. Eventually things thawed and Melanie was welcomed back into the family.

Myra Costello

Myra Costello was played by Kate Williams from 2003 until the end of the series in 2005.

Gemma Craig

Gemma Craig was played by Angela Hazeldine from 1999 until the character's departure in 2003.

Gemma forms a friendship with local bad boy Arlo Dean (Asier Cebeira). But their friendship is threatened by the behaviour of her Aunt Joyce. Cebeira told Soaplife reporter Emma Pomfret that Gemma brings out Arlo's affectionate side. He added that Arlo "really cares about Gemma and he didn't give a damn about what he had to do to escape Joyce."[22]

Gemma begins a relationship with Paul Webb (Martin Delaney).[23] He asks her to marry him and she agrees. Hazeldine believed that Gemma had become carried away with planning the wedding because she was young. But she was never sure about whether marrying Paul is the correct thing to do. Gemma develops feelings for Cameron Davenport (Rupert Hill). Paul asks Cameron to be his best man. Following an argument with Gemma on the eve of their wedding, Paul enlists Cameron to help sort their problems. But the intervention leads to the pair sleeping together.[23]

Hazeldine told Sally Brockway from Soaplife that "I just don't think she's ready to be getting married at the age of 17." Gemma had been battling an attraction to Cameron and seeing him before she is to be married proves to difficult to resist him. The actress believed that Gemma and Paul sparring before they were even married did not bode well for married life.[23] She believed her character would have been content with her relationship had Paul not proposed. Gemma loves Paul but the thought of marriage pressurised her. Paul becomes suspicious of Gemma and Cameron when he finds them in her bedroom. Hazeldine revealed that Paul had viewers sympathy and people would approach her in the street to warn her off Cameron. She concluded that "the wedding scenes were very emotional".[23]

Beth Hart from Digital Spy said that Gemma and Paul's negative magazine compatibility test "confirms what viewers already know: they are not well suited."[24]


Cameron Davenport

Cameron Davenport was played by Rupert Hill from March 2002 until July 2004.

Ginny Davenport

Genevieve (Ginny) Davenport was played by Joanna Foster from 2002 until 2003.

Jessica Davenport

Jessica Davenport was played by Sammy Glenn from 2002 until 2003.

Jude Davenport

Jude Davenport was played by Daniel Jackson in 2003. Adoptive brother of Robert, he attracted scorn from Robert's wife Ginny and sons Cameron and Lewis after pursuing a romantic liaison with Robert's daughter Jessica.

Lewis Davenport

Lewis Davenport was played by Sam Stockman from April 2002 until July 2004.

Robert Davenport

Robert Davenport was played by Brian Cowan. Robert arrived in Charnham in 2002, setting up a catering business in Stanley Street. Frustrated by his moody and censorious wife Ginny he had a one-night stand with Geri Evans. Geri later accused him of rape. Robert was arrested and went to trial, but was ultimately acquitted. After this Ginny left him, moving to France. Robert, along with his employee Fern Farmer, was killed when a runaway car driven by Jake Walker crashed into the workplace in September 2003.

Charlotte Day

Charlotte Day was played by Leanne Lakey from May to October 2002.

Charlotte begins a relationship with Pete Callan (David Easter).[15] She later proposes marriage to him despite allegations that he has slept with Claire Toomey (Tina Hall). It is only following advice from Pete's ex-wife Siobhan Jones (Jemma Walker) that Pete decides to accept. But the storyline develops into a deceitful one when Charlotte begins an affair with Johnny. Pete learns of their affair and decides to set a trap.[15]

A reporter from Soaplife said that "Charlotte and Pete's relationship is proving more elastic than a pair of Cat's leopard-skin leggings. But, unlike the aforementioned garment, it seems to be holding up very well, despite much outside interference."[15] Beth Hart from Digital Spy believed that Pete had met his match in Charlotte, adding that "she's been keeping him on his toes since day one."[16]

Lucy Day

Lucy Day was played by Julia Lee Smith from 2002 until leaving a few months before the end of the series in 2005.

Arlo Dean

Arlo Dean was played by Asier Cebeira from 1999 until 2000.

Arlo is characterised as a bad boy with a criminal history. His storylines include glue-sniffing, alcoholism, shoplifting and blackmail.[22] Arlo begins a relationship with Gemma Craig (Angela Hazeldine) and their relationship brings out an affectionate side in Arlo. He becomes concerned about her well-being around her Aunt Joyce. Cebeira told Soaplife columnist Emma Pomfret that "Arlo's always been to embarrassed to show any affection – he thinks it's girly. But he really cares about Gemma and he didn't give a damn about what he had to do to escape Joyce." But Cebeira preferred his character's wayward ways, adding "Arlo's mischievous streak is more fun to play." Pomfret said that there it was unlikely Arlo would ever change his bad persona.[22]

Max Derwin

Maxwell (Max) Derwin was played by Nick Stringer. He first entered the series in March 1999 and remained until Christmas Eve that year, when he died of a heart attack during an argument with his foster son Arlo Dean.

Gabriel Drummond

Gabriel Drummond was played by Roger Griffiths from June 2002 until the character's departure in September 2003 after running away from his involvement in a car scam.


Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis (née Webb) was played by Tanya Franks from 2000 until 2003.

Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis was played by Matthew Jay Lewis from 2000 until 2003. Matt first arrived in Charnham in November 2000, along with his longtime girlfriend Karen Webb. They went to stay with Matt's sister, Nikki Warrington and her family. Matt had always wanted to marry Karen but she always rejected his proposal because she wasn't ready yet. Eventually, Karen accepted Matt's proposal but before preparations could get under way, Karen was diagnosed with Breast cancer and the surgery left her unable to have children. Matt and Karen went ahead with the wedding and decided to look for a surrogate mother. Kelly Hurst, the lesbian niece of local resident Sadie Hargreaves offered to be the surrogate mother for Matt and Karen. Matt and Karen's marriage was shattered when Karen began an affair with Kelly. Matt began licking his wounds by dating Anna Gregory, a tenant from the local housing project at Number 14 Stanley Street run by Roy Farmer, A Fierce custody battle over the Baby ensued which culminated in Kelly's death in December 2002, caused by falling down the stairs after an argument with Matt. In September 2003, Matt and Karen decided to leave Charnham along with baby Grace and Karen's brother Jim to join Jim's son Paul Webb over in Spain.

Geri Evans

Geri Evans was played by Anna Acton from 2002 until the end of the series in 2005.


Fern Farmer

Fern Farmer (previously Derwin) was played by Belinda Sinclair. She entered the storyline in 1999. At that time she was married to taxi driver Max Derwin and their foster son was troublesome Arlo Dean. They quickly began steps to take on another foster child, the recently orphaned Gemma Craig. They did so, but soon afterwards opted to discontinue fostering Arlo. During a subsequent argument with Arlo, Max died of a heart attack. Fern later learned he was a bigamist with another wife, and a biological child, living in a neighbouring town.

She later married Roy Farmer's father Vince. Vince clashed with Gemma and the marriage did not run smoothly. They eventually separated and Vince moved away. Fern took a job working with Robert Davenport in his catering business. Fern had decided to reconcile with Vince when she, along with Robert, was killed when a runaway car driven by Jake Walker crashed into the workplace in September 2003.

Roy Farmer

Royston Farmer was played by Miles Petit from episode one of the series in March 1997.

Vince Farmer

Vince Farmer was played by Stephen Yardley. Vince appeared briefly in Charnham in 1999, visiting his son Roy. He returned in 2000 on a permanent basis. During this time he married Fern Derwin, but the marriage later crumbled. He left in 2003, and moved to France. He was planning to return to Fern when she was killed in a car accident. Vince subsequently returned to Charham for his son Roy's funeral later in 2003.

George Fitzgerald

Georgina (George) Fitzgerald was played by Florence Hoath from September to December 2005 when the series ended.

Barbara Fletcher

Barbara Fletcher (previously Trip) was played by Kay Adshead from episode one in March 1997 until 1999.

Nathan Fletcher

Nathan Fletcher was played by Felix Scott from October until December 2005 when the series ended.

Bradley Foster

Bradley Foster was played by Harry Capehorn from 2004 until 2005. Bradley first appeared in Charnham in April 2004, as the former boyfriend of Melanie Costello. Bradley had taken a gap year in Australia the year previous, and returned to the UK to live with his mother, Sharon. Chrissy, Melanie's mother tried to get Bradley and Melanie back together, but ultimately failed as Melanie was engaged to Brendan Boulter. Bradley went on to date Lucy Day, one of Melanie's friends who lived locally and began working for Les Boulter at the corner cafe.

Bradley settled into the Costello household as a lodger, frequently babysitting Chloe, Melanie's younger sister while her parents Gary and Chrissy went through a separation. Chloe began to look on Bradley as an older brother figure, as Melanie had recently married and moved in with Brendan. Everything seemed fine, until one day in October, Chloe revealed to Chrissy that Bradley had been touching her inappropriately. Chrissy then told Gary that the allegations were a lie, which put further strain on their marriage. After Chloe was analysed by a child psychologist, the finger of blame began to point towards Gary. However, Gary was vindicated following Chloe revealing to the social worker that Bradley was the one sexually abusing her. Bradley, after being attacked by Gary outside of the cafe, decided to flee Charnham and tried to convince Lucy to come with him. One afternoon, Gary arrived late to pick Chloe up and Bradley saw his chance and abducted her. Lucy, who arranged to meet Bradley, in secret persuaded him to bring Chloe home and give himself up. Bradley was then arrested, but released due to lack of evidence against him and the fact that Chloe had lied previously.

During a search on Sharon's boyfriend, Conrad Williams' house, where Bradley was staying, the police found child pornography on Bradley's computer. Bradley denied all knowledge and accused Gary of planting images on the hard drive. The images were later revealed as being paid for prior to Bradley moving in with the Costellos. The evidence was not sufficient to sustain a conviction. On November 5, 2004, Gary received information from Alex Williams, Conrad's son about Bradley's whereabouts. Bradley, after being thrown out by his stepfather, Martin, had returned to Charnham and had been staying with the Williams Family. Gary, upon leaving the pub, smashed his way into the house and confronted Bradley. Bradley began goading Gary about Chloe seeking attention and not leaving him alone, prompting Gary to punch him, causing Bradley to fall and hit his head. After Bradley had woken from his coma and had undergone a successful operation to reattach a loose retina, he was remanded in custody alongside Gary.

During an emotional conversation with Chrissy, Sharon revealed that she did in fact believe that Bradley had molested Chloe as she had suspected her first husband, Bradley's father, had done to him. In April 2005, Gary stood trial for his assault on Bradley. Bradley was convinced Gary would be sent down for the assault and decided to paint a damning picture of him in court. Sharon, while on the stand revealed the information about Bradley's past abuse, in order to aid Gary but the testimony was stricken from the record. The jury retired to deliberate over a verdict. When the jury returned, they rendered a verdict of Not Guilty. Bradley then left Charnham, with his relationship with Sharon ruined.


Ben Galloway

Ben Galloway was played by Peter England. He was a member of Roy Farmer's housing project at Number 14 Stanley Street. He briefly dated Chris Jacobs until he admitted he was gay. They remained friends and subsequently left to find alternative accommodation in Brixton in September 2003.

Elsa Gates

Elsa Gates was played by Delena Kidd from episode one in March 1997 until 1998, when she was murdered by her husband Jack, who subsequently gassed himself.

Jack Gates

Jack was an original character in the series, he was an avid golfer and married to the well-healed Elsa and father to Annie. He had a long running affair with Maria Simons which was eventually discovered. After crashing his car while drunk he moved his unconscious wife's body into the driving seat and continued to pretend she was driving while his wife recovered from memory loss. A few weeks later Elsa's memory returned and Jack fearing his world wold collapses he murderers his wife and then committed suicide.

Yasmin Green

Yasmin Green (née McHugh, previously MacKenzie and Matthews) played by Ebony Thomas from 1998 until the end of the series in 2005.

Anna Gregory

Anna Gregory was played by Martha Cope.

Penny Gwynne

Penny Gwynne was played by Georgia Mitchell during 1999. Penny is a shy character who keeps a pet python. She becomes a lodger in Sadie Hargreaves's (Barbara Young) home. A reporter from Soaplife branded Penny an "introverted lodger".[25]


Pamela Hargreaves

Pamela Hargreaves (later Pamela Trip) initially joined the storyline in 1997 when she appeared as the solicitor of Liam Trip. She soon started a romance with Liam's father Nick Trip, and they were engaged to be married.

Pamela subsequently defended a man accused of sexual assault, Simon Thornton (Valentine Pelka), believing him to be innocent. Prior to the trial Pamela learned that he was actually guilty. When Pamela dropped the case due to his guilt, Simon started stalking her, however neither Nick nor Pamela's mother Sadie believed her claims she was being stalked. Pamela eventually killed Simon in self-defence – he died after she hit him over the head with an iron when he attacked her after luring her into his house. She and Sadie disposed of the body but were wracked with guilt and fear of being caught for several months.

Pamela married Nick in 1999. Eventually Simon's makeshift grave on Charnham Common was discovered, and because of the long silence and the fact she disposed of the body and never reported the death Pamela was sentenced to murder for the crime, and sent to prison.

Pamela was initially played by Sandra Hendrickse from 1997 until 1999, when she was sent to prison for murder. On the character's release from prison in 2005 Caroline O'Neill took over the role, appearing for several months.

Graham Harker

Graham Harker was played by Lee Warburton. Graham first appeared in Charnham in early 2005 when he took employment at the local cab office owned by Gary Costello and Dave Matthews. Having recently been raped by an unidentified assailant in a darkened laneway, Denise Boulter identified Graham as her attacker when she got into his cab and recognised his aftershave and his use of the phrase "Scout's honour". However, there was no forensic evidence linking him to the crime, so Graham was not charged. The Boulters firmly believed he was guilty and made several attempts to convince him to leave Charnham. Graham refused to leave, and began dating Gary's daughter, Melanie, who fervently believed he was innocent. He soon became possessive of Melanie and his aggressive side came out. He then began hitting her, and then held her against her will in his flat.

Melanie enlisted Denise's help but Graham discovered this. He kidnapped Denise in his car, but in the ensuing chase ran off the road after a near miss with Ben and Alex Williams in another car. Denise managed to escape the wreckage, and saved a trapped Graham at the last second before the car exploded in flames. Denise suggested she saved him as she felt that Graham's death would have been the easy way out.

Angus Hart

Angus Hart was played by Ian Cullen. An original character in the series, Angus was featured beginning with episode one in March 1997. After losing his wife Sally he came to live with the family of his son Chris. He married Helen Cooper after much consternation over the fact that she was a Roman Catholic who insisted he convert to her religion, however she was killed minutes after the wedding in a car accident. He continued in the series until January 1999 when he and the majority of his family were killed in a massive boat explosion during the wedding reception of his granddaughter Melanie Farmer.

Annie Hart

Annie Hart (née Gates) was played by Liz Crowther from episode one in March 1997 until 1999, when she and the majority of her family were killed in a boat explosion. Initially a steady, stable character whose main storylines involved reacting to events in her children's lives, Annie eventually featured in more dramatic plots such as her unplanned pregnancy (resulting in the birth of her fifth child, Sam) and her affair with her neighbour, Dave Matthews, who also began a relationship with Annie's elder daughter, Holly.

Chris Hart

Chris Hart was played by Ian Ashpitel from episode one in March 1997 until 1999, when he and the majority of his family were killed in a boat explosion. Chris was depicted as a traditional, working-class man from Newcastle, who struggled with some of his children's life choices, for example his younger daughter Melanie Hart's decision to train as a policewoman, and his elder daughter Holly Hart's decision to have a relationship with another woman.

Duncan Hart

Duncan Hart was played by Rocky Marshall from episode one in March 1997 until 1998, when his character moved away. Some months later all of his family were killed in a boat explosion. Duncan briefly returned to the series in 2000 for one week, this time played by Jonathan Wrather, as the character struggled to cope with the loss of almost his entire family, his only living relatives being his twin children with Claire Toomey.

Helen Hart

Helen Hart (née Cooper) was played by Janice McKenzie. Helen first appeared in 1997. She became engaged to Angus Hart and there was much tension over the fact that she was of a different religion, being a Roman Catholic. Helen died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident minutes after her wedding to Angus in 1998. She was badly injured when the car being driven by her new stepson, Chris Hart, crashed after leaving the church, and Helen died of a heart attack while being treated in hospital.

Holly Hart

Holly Hart was played by Sandra Huggett from episode one in March 1997 until 1999, when she and the majority of her family were killed in a boat explosion. The twin sister of Duncan Hart, Holly had a lesbian relationship with Duncan's ex-girlfriend, Susie, but at the time of her death was in an affair with her neighbour, Dave Matthews – who was also sleeping with Holly's mother. Another of Holly's major storylines was her continuing angst over being (when the series began) a virgin although she was in her mid-20s. This ended when she slept with a man she met on holiday, although a series of miscommunications meant she immediately lost touch with him.

Jamie Hart

Jamie Hart was played by Michael Cole from episode one in March 1997 until 1999, when he and the majority of his family were killed in a boat explosion. The fourth of the fifth Hart children, Jamie was a schoolboy teenager who featured in few storylines.

Melanie Hart

Melanie Hart was an original character in the serial, appearing from episode one in March 1997. She was a police constable and was the first of the Hart children to leave the family home, albeit to live with her grandparents Jack and Elsa Gates.

She later started a romance with Roy Farmer which ended after he was charged with drug possession. They later reconciled, leading to their marriage in January 1999 where she became Melanie Farmer. However Melanie and the Hart family were all killed just hours later. During the wedding reception which was being held on the boat previously owned by the recently deceased Jack Gates, a gas explosion tore through the vessel, killing all on board except Roy.

Melanie was played by Cordelia Bugeja.

Sally Hart

Sally Hart, wife of Angus, was played by Jean Heywood from episode one until episode ten, when she died after drowning in a canal.

Samuel Hart

Samuel James Angus (Sam) Hart was the youngest child of Chris and Annie Hart. The result of an unplanned pregnancy, Sam was born late 1998, and was killed in January 1999 in the boat explosion that claimed the lives of most of the Hart family.

Barry Hurst

Barry Hurst was played by Tony Booth during 2001.

Gloria Hurst

Gloria Hurst was played by Joanna Wake from 2001 to 2002.

Kelly Hurst

Kelly Hurst was played by Nicky Talacko. Kelly entered the storyline in 2001 when she arrived on holiday from her home in Australia to visit her aunt Sadie. Kelly was a lesbian who left a girlfriend in Australia. In Charnham she soon befriended a neighbourhood couple Karen and Matt Ellis, and eventually agreed to act as surrogate mother for Karen. After falling pregnant to Matt she and Karen began an affair, and Karen ended her marriage to Matt. The affair with Karen continued after the birth of the baby, a girl who was named Grace. Kelly died in 2002 after falling down a flight of stairs during an argument with Matt.

A reporter from Soaplife branded Kelly and Karen's relationship "tangled". They observed that "one whiff of lesbian love triangles, surrogate mums and tug-of-love baby battles and the tabloids would have a field day. Stories don't come much more salacious."[15]


Sharon Ingram

Sharon Ingram was played by Kim Taylforth from 2004 until 2005. She was Chrissy Costello's best friend until revelations of her son Bradley, abusing Chrissy's daughter Chloe came to light.


Chris Jacobs

Chris Jacobs was played by Gemma Wardle. She lived at Number 14 Stanley Street with boyfriend Ben Galloway and their housemates Anna Gregory and Amir Sadati. Chris left with Ben in 2003 to find alternative accommodation in Brixton.

Gabby Johnson

Gabby Johnson was a university student who shared a flat with Clive Starr and Declan Byrne. She had romances with various men including Declan, Roy Farmer, Pete Callan, and with Clive's boyfriend, the bisexual policeman Adam Sheldrake. Sometimes depicted as prissy and bossy around the flat, she was occasionally seen as a proponent of health-food, and she at one time ran an aerobics class.

Gabby was played by Emma Linley from January 1999 until 2000.

Julie-Ann Jones

Julie-Ann Jones was played by Chloe Howman and made her first on-screen appearance in 1999 and departed during 2000. Julie-Ann is the "love-child" of Pete Callan (David Easter) and was only reunited with him once she had grown up. Easter told Sue Malins from Soaplife that his alter-ego regrets not being a part of Julie-Ann's life. She is a grown woman but he missed out on her childhood years.[14] Di Hollingsworth of Soaplife described her as a "spoilt little minx who liked to get what she wanted". She noted that Julie-Ann was unafraid to milk her relationship with Pete; adding that "she's her father's daughter alright".[26]

Julie-Ann arrived in Charnham to see her older sister Siobhan and gain independence from their parents. Julie-Ann quickly went on to pursue local publican Pete Callan until her mother, Patsy intervened and revealed to her that Pete was actually in fact her father.

Julie-Ann used this to her advantage and began milking Pete for all he was worth. Later that year, Julie-Ann had an affair with Siobhan's boyfriend, Declan Byrne. In 2000, Julie-Ann was raped at the hands of one of Pete's associates, Jon Tyler. Pete set up a measure of revenge by selling him his previous wine bar, The Lock and flooding it.

That March, Julie-Ann began an affair with the recently married Josh Matthews and the two fled to Greece together, leaving Josh's wife Yasmin devastated. Julie-Ann was never seen in Charnham again, although Pete did visit her several times and referred to her on occasion. Her final mention was by Cat MacKenzie, who had informed her of Pete's death and subsequent funeral, but Julie-Ann didn't return.

Siobhan Jones

Siobhan Langley (previously Callan, née Jones) was played by Jemma Walker. She first appeared on a recurring basis from in December 1998. She is an old family friend of Pete Callan and calls him "Uncle Pete".[14] In one storyline Pete decides that he would fare better in a custody battle if he was married. Pete decides that Siobhan is an ideal candidate. Easter told Sue Malins from Soaplife that "Siobhan's young, she's vulnerable, but Pete targets her anyway!".[14] But she is initially "horrified" because she never thought about him romantically. Easter said that because he is the father of her sister Julie-Ann Jones (Chloe Howman) she viewed him as a family friend. But Easter noted that when Pete asks Siobhan to marry him it is done out of genuine feelings for her.[14] A reporter from Soaplife opined that Siobhan would have to "take temporary leave of her senses" to even consider a relationship with Pete.[27]

Siobhan soon started a romance with Declan Byrne after his arrival in January 1999, but abruptly left Charnham in March that year after they had a lover's quarrel. She returned later that year briefly resurrecting the romance with Declan. However, Declan cheated on Siobhan with her half-sister Julie-Ann. Siobhan subsequently aborted Declan's baby. They remained friends later. Through all this she remained working for Pete, eventually moving with him to his new pub, The Black Swan.

In mid-2000 Siobhan married Pete Callan, and they lived together upstairs at The Black Swan. One night, Pete framed her for the murder of pub employee Josh Matthews, who Siobhan had been in a relationship with and who had discovered her marriage to Pete was bigamous. Siobhan went to trial and was found guilty of manslaughter, being given a suspended sentence. She slowly realised she had been framed by Pete, who had been tried alongside her but acquitted. Even though she had legally remarried him, she aborted their child and walked out on him. She became good friends with Roy Farmer, with whom she briefly had a relationship, and like him was a staunch opponent of Pete. She was left unable to conceive after a car accident caused when Pete ran the car she was travelling in off the road. She eventually left town in 2002. About a year after she left, it was reported that Siobhan had since remarried.


Max Lawson

Max Lawson was played by Marcus D'Amico from June to October 2005.

Sadie Lloyd

Sadie Lloyd was played by Barbara Young from November 1998 until July 2005.

A reporter from Soaplife said "comic turn of the month" for November 1999. The referenced storyline involved Sadie performing at a talent contest but being mistaken for a drag queen.[25]

Meredith Lovechild

Meredith Lovechild a nurse who entered the storyline in September 2005. She was known for her bitchy and selfish behaviour. She paid for it dearly when her friends and housemates Hector Price and George Fitzgerald fell for each other and left her out in the cold on New Year's Eve. Meredith then left Charnham.

Meredith Lovechild was played by Perdita Avery from September 2005, to December 2005 when the series ended.


Cat MacKenzie

Cat Matthews is played by Nicola Duffett. Cat has a child following a one-night stand with Pete Callan (David Easter). She gives birth to his child, David Junior.[14] When Pete discovers that he is the father he is annoyed at Cat for putting Dave Matthews (Richard Hawley) as David Jnr's father on the birth certificate. Easter told Sue Malins from Soaplife that "now he knows about Cat's baby there is no way he is going to take a back seat." Easter believed that Pete "flipped" at Cat's deception and became determined to gain custody of their child.[14]

Doug MacKenzie

Doug MacKenzie was played by Gareth Hale from 2003 until the end of series in 2005. Doug first appeared in Charnham in September 2003, when he took on the job of refitting The Davenport's sandwich shop, following a car crash caused by Jake Walker resulting in the deaths of Robert Davenport and Fern Farmer. Doug's youngest son, Justin was on hand to help and they were later joined by Marc, Doug's eldest son from his first marriage. Doug later began violating the recently divorced Cat Webb and they became engaged, following Doug's proposal after a heart attack after an argument with his former business partner Norman Pace. It was the third marriage for each of them as they had already been married twice previously; Cat to Dave Matthews and Jim Webb and Doug to Janey Hutton, Oh-Hi-Marc's mother and Susan, Justin's mother who had died of cancer several years previous. On Cat and Doug's wedding day, Kelly Boulter, Justin's girlfriend gave birth to their daughter, Susie, named after Justin's mother.

After it became common knowledge Cat and Doug's landlady and friend, Sadie Hargreaves was in severe mortgage arrears; Doug decided to step in and buy the house. Doug later ran for mayor of Charnham and won. However, Cat's boozy antics didn't help his image and before long, Doug resigned to return to the building firm and spending time with his family. On New Year's Eve 2005, Doug ended his marriage to Cat following an affair she had with a man named Tony, who had been working with her on Babs Woods' production of a Dick Whittington Pantomime.

Justin MacKenzie

Justin MacKenzie was played by Ryan Davenport from 2003 until the end of the series in 2005.

Marc MacKenzie

Marc MacKenzie was played first by Michael Wildman from 2003 to 2004 and then by Graham Bryan in 2005 up until the final episode. Marc first appeared in Charnham in September 2003 with his father Doug (Gareth Hale) and half-brother Justin MacKenzie to help renovate the recently destroyed sandwich shop whose owner Robert Davenport (Brian Cowan), and his friend Fern Farmer (Belinda Sinclair) had been killed when a car driven by Jake Walker (Seb Castang) smashed into the building. Marc had previously worked for his mother Janey's boyfriend's building firm until he had been sacked for fighting with a colleague.

Marc began flirting with Yasmin Matthews (Ebony Thomas), who he had attended school with. The attraction was mutual but there was only one obstacle in the way; Yasmin's engagement to Gabriel Drummond (Roger Griffiths). In the wake of Gabriel fleeing town after pursuing him for his involvement in a car scam, Marc agreed to pose as Yasmin's fiancée for a magazine competition Yasmin had entered. Geri Evans (Anna Acton), Yasmin's friend also took a liking to Marc and they began dating while perpetrating that Marc and Yasmin were an engaged couple. The not-so-real wedding became real, when Marc discovered he really loved Yasmin and proposed to her for real. They then married on Christmas Day. Geri expressed her heartbreak by punching Yasmin. Despite being married to Yasmin, Marc's feelings for Geri never went away and in May 2004, he was forced to choose between the two girls (As part of an Interactive voting storyline where the viewers decided the outcome). Marc chose Yasmin, but she threw him out. Following Doug's wedding to Cat Webb (Nicola Duffett), and the birth of his niece Suzie in July, Marc left Charnham to live in Ireland. In August 2005, Cat became suspicious of where Doug had been going and had suspected him of cheating on her with his secretary. Doug had in, fact been meeting with Marc. Marc had recently split with his girlfriend who had a miscarriage. Cat was still frosty towards Marc, who had hurt her niece Geri. Yasmin wasn't particularly happy to see Marc either, having divorced him the year previous. However, Marc was going nowhere as he had purchased the corner cafe from Les Boulter (Howard Saddler) who had recently left Charnham. Marc later began seeing waitress Katie Williams and also rekindled his relationship with Yasmin. Neither fling worked out once Lara, one of Marc's ex-girlfriends had left their six-year-old daughter, Poppy with him. Marc's family were shocked that he had kept his daughter a secret. Marc struggled to look after Poppy over the course of Lara's absence and frequently left her in the care of Justin or Cat and Doug. Lara eventually came back for Poppy and left Marc's life once again.

Rosa Marshall

Rosa Marshall was played by Ginny Holder for six months in 2002.

A reporter from Soaplife branded Rosa a "ruthless" character.[15]

Dave Matthews

Dave first appeared in Charnham in late 1998 along with wife Cat and his son from his first marriage, Josh, who he had left to face his debts. Initially an extramarital love interest for local resident, Annie Hart, Dave soon turned his attentions to her adult daughter Holly. Dave and Holly had secretly planned to elope together the day after the wedding of Holly's sister Melanie. This never happened because Holly, along with most of the other Hart family members, was killed in a boat explosion during the wedding reception. Dave kept the relationship with Holly secret for some time, but Cat was later horrified to learn of it from Dave.

Dave and Cat's marriage went through several rough patches; including Dave suffering from multiple sclerosis Cat leaving Dave for Pete Callan and falling pregnant and Dave faking his own death. In early 2000, Cat gave birth to Dave Matthews Jr, who after a DNA test was revealed to be Pete's son. In August 2000, Josh was murdered by Pete Callan, who had framed his then-wife Siobhan for the deed. Dave had known all along that Pete had killed Josh, rather than Siobhan. Unfortunately, Dave had no way of proving it. Josh's death also hit Josh's pregnant widow Yasmin Green, very hard. In November 2000, Pete had paid Dave, who had been separated from Cat at this point, to give evidence in court painting Cat as an unfit mother. Dave, never one to miss an opportunity to get one over on Pete, took the money and testified in Cat's favour, leaving Pete livid and out of pocket. Dave quickly left Charnham, evading Pete.

In February 2003 Dave's Daughter-in-law Yasmin received word that Dave had been arrested and needed bail. Yasmin paid his bail and Dave was released, returning to Charnham where he resumed his rivalry with Pete and continued his dodgy deals. Within a matter of weeks Dave's new stepson Jake Walker returned and the two formed a close bond. Jake was soon arrested following a car accident which killed Robert Davenport and Fern Farmer. Following Jake's accident and attempts to flee Charnham, Dave met DC Cheryl Barker, the officer involved and they began dating and eventually living together. Dave and Cheryl's relationship was continually tested by Dave's protensity to act outside of the law sometimes. After Interference from Cheryl's boss and ex-lover, DI Patrick Grenham, Dave and Cheryl broke up and Cheryl left to live with her mother in Spain after quitting the force.

Dave had always fancied Eileen Callan, Pete's fourth wife. Dave found himself dragged into her dark plot to frame Pete for arson which got out of hand. In late 2004, after Pete had discovered the plot and had thrown Eileen into the River Thames, Dave and Eileen were together for several weeks until she crushed him by returning to Pete. Becoming disillusioned with life in Charnham, Dave decided to leave for Scotland in 2005. Jake agreed to come with him. They both made offers for their respective loves Eileen, and her daughter Lucy Day to come with them but Pete intervened at the last minute and attacked Dave. In the end, Eileen declined and decided to remain in Charnham with Pete and Lucy wasn't going to leave Eileen alone with Pete. Dave said an emotional goodbye to ex-wife, Cat who he had maintained a friendship with despite their divorce. Dave and Jake then left Charnham, Lucy joined them several months later.

Josh Matthews

Josh Matthews was played by Terry Burns. Josh arrived in November 1998 with his stepmother Cat (Nicola Duffett), looking for his father Dave (Richard Hawley) who had left them to deal with his debts and soon started working for Pete Callan (David Easter) as a barman at The Lock. In 1999, Josh embarked on a singing career and recorded a CD that didn't sell. Later that year, Josh also started a romance with Yasmin McHugh (Ebony Thomas). Josh did stints working as a barman and working in Dusty (Doreen Ingleton), Yasmin's mother's store. The week before that Christmas, Josh and Yasmin were married and went on their honeymoon to Jamaica. Only three months into his marriage to Yasmin, Josh became bored and soon began having an affair with Pete's daughter Julie-Ann Jones (Chloe Howman) and left Charnham for Greece with her, leaving Yasmin heartbroken.

Many months later, Josh returned and wanted to patch things up with Yasmin. Josh, along with his father, Dave, endured a long-running enmity with Pete Callan. Pete had had an affair with Cat while Dave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had fathered Cat's baby, Dave Jr. When Pete opened The Black Swan, which became the local pub, Josh was compelled to work there to pay off a debt. At around this time in mid-2000, Josh had fallen for barmaid Siobhan Jones (Jemma Walker), who happened to be the half-sister of Julie-Ann and began an affair with her. Josh was crushed when he found out Pete and Siobhan were engaged to be married and Siobhan told him to go back to Yasmin, who was pregnant with Josh's baby. Josh then paid a visit to Claire Toomey (Tina Hall), Pete's ex-wife who revealed that she was still married to him. One night in 2000, Josh went to confront Pete in the flat above the pub and the two got into a fight. Siobhan who had woken up, saw Pete in difficulty, acted instinctively and hit Josh over the head with a candlestick. When Siobhan turned the lights on, she panicked and rang for an ambulance. Pete used this opportunity to deal the already stunned Josh another blow, killing him. Siobhan and Pete were subsequently questioned. Pete was released, but Siobhan was detained. Yasmin initially blamed Siobhan for Josh's death, but Dave was certain Pete was behind it but had no way of proving it. Eventually in 2001, The case went to trial and neither Pete nor Siobhan were found guilty.

Benji McHugh

Benji McHugh was played by Junior Laniyan between December 1998 and July 2001, and Mark McLean between December 2002 and December 2003. After moving into Charnham with his mother and sister, Benji falls in love with his school teacher Maggie Roswell (Robyn Moore), who is married with two young sons. She leaves her husband Geoff, running away with Benji and taking her sons with them. After a while on the run, Maggie encourages Benji to give up and return to Charnham. Whilst being chased by the authorities, Maggie's car crashes, leaving her, Benji and her sons trapped inside. Benji manages to save the boys from the wreck but before he can return, the car explodes and Maggie is killed. Geoff initially blames Benji for Maggie's death and leaves Charnham with his sons. To get over everything, Benji goes on holiday to Jamaica, where Dusty has moved to. He returns to Charnham a new man.

Benji and Yasmin's aunt, Pearl takes over the running of Dusty's shop and looks out for them. Benji begins dating Donna Lewis (Petra Letang), but things never quite work out. Several months later, Benji begins dating a newly arrived Sara Warrington, but Sara eventually goes on a date with Benji's friend, Arlo Dean. When revising for his exams and getting drunk, Benji reveals his true feelings for his neighbour Gemma Craig, who has previously dated Arlo. Later that year, Benji receives a shock when he comes face to face with his estranged father, William, who had walked out on him and Yasmin when they were very young. Although Yasmin is keen to get to know William, Benji refuses until William's girlfriend, Kim reveals that he was suffering from end-stage renal disease. Benji and William later start and maintain a relationship, keeping in contact. Benji begins to suffer from bullying in sixth form at the hands of Jason Harris, a racist. One night whilst coming home from a date with Gemma, Benji is attacked by Jason, who is wielding an Iron bar. Declan Byrne. A local resident manages to defuse the situation. With the arrival of Paul Webb, things between Benji and Gemma become strained and she eventually begins going out with Paul. Benji leaves Charnham and returns to Jamaica. Several months after Dusty's death in 2002, Benji returns to Charnham. He has several relationships including Chris Jacobs and Becky Scott. Benji begins dating Kelly Boulter, but things fall apart when Kelly admits that Justin MacKenzie is the father of her baby. Benji then leaves Charnham for good.

Dusty McHugh

Dusty McHugh was a played by Doreen Ingleton. First entering the storyline in late 1998, Dusty was a loud and bossy divorced mother of teenagers Yasmin and Benji. She owned and ran her own minimarket business Dusty's Store, and she and her children lived upstairs in a flat. In 1999 she moved to Jamaica to care for an invalid relative; her sister-in-law Pearl McHugh arrived to take the reins of the business and care for Yasmin and Benji. Dusty made a brief return appearance in Charnham for Yasmin's wedding to Josh in December that year. In 2002, Dusty died in a car crash in Jamaica, off-screen.

Pearl McHugh

Pearl McHugh was played by Doña Croll from 1999 until 2002.


Eve O'Brien

Eve O'Brien was played by Zara Dawson from October until December 2005 when the series ended.


Johnny Palmer

Johnny Palmer was played by Iain Fletcher. He was mainly known for his feuds with Pete Callan and his romantic involvements with Eileen Day, her daughter Charlotte and Claire Toomey.

Deke Pascal

Deke Pascal was played by Darren Saul from 2001 until 2002. Deke first arrived in Charnham in June 2001 as a friend of Benji McHugh whom he met while in Jamaica on holiday. Yasmin, Benji's sister took a shine to Deke, mostly thanks to his jokey demeanor and they began dating. Deke later moved into the flat above Dusty's store with Benji, Yasmin and their aunt Pearl and even set up a video counter called "Video Pearl". Later on, Deke's younger brother, Ziggy arrived in Charnham after being released from prison. It turned out that Ziggy had served time for drugs offences and killing his sister. Deke wanted nothing to do with Ziggy at first but after a few words from Pearl and Yasmin, he relented. Deke later began frequently rehearsing with his band which put a strain on his relationship with Yasmin, driving her into Ziggy's arms. Deke subsequently left Charnham in February 2002 after finding about his girlfriend and his brother's affair.

Ziggy Pascal

Ziggy Pascal was played by Roger Davies-Roberts from 2001 until 2002

Hector Price

Hector Price was played by Andrew Hinton-Brown from September to December 2005 when the series ended.


Hester Randall

Hester Randall was played by Catherine Kanter for several weeks in December 2005 until the end of the series.

Rex Randall

Rex Randall was played by John Hopkins from November to December 2005 when he is killed offscreen by Katie on the last episode.


Ratty is a pet dog owned by Maria Simons (Annie Miles) and Roy Farmer (Miles Petit) and later Sadie Hargreaves (Barbara Young).[28] Producers initially planned to kill the dog off in a drugs storyline following ingestion of ecstasy tablets. But the dog survived the ordeal when they decided against the death. Tina Baker from Soaplife included Ratty's drug storyline in her feature profiling soap opera's "pottiest plots".[28]

Alex Callan Alex Callan played by Joseph Hill from 2001 until 2002.

Daniel Renshaw

Daniel Renshaw played by Joseph Hill from 2001 until 2002.

Linda Renshaw

Linda Renshaw was played by Alison Newman for several months in 2001. Linda was Paul Webb's biological mother who rejected him after he tracked her down and tried to build a relationship with her.

Susie Ross

Susie Ross was played by Tina Landini from 1997 until 1999. Susie was a bisexual character who slept both with Duncan Hart and later, his twin sister, Holly. After taking Holly's virginity, the smitten Holly pursued Susie and eventually they had a long-term relationship.


Amir Sadati

Amir Sadati was played by Kayvan Novak. He was one of the tenants of Roy Farmer's housing project at Number 14 Stanley Street and was a bad influence on local troubled teen Darren Scott. Amir briefly worked for Yasmin Matthews and dated her until he was caught stealing from her store and he subsequently left Charnham.

Adrian Scott

Adrian Scott was played by Ariyon Bakare between March 2000 and May 2001.

Adrian is the ex-husband of Nikki Warrington (Rebecca Blake). He is an ex-offender having spent time in prison and arrives in Charnham to gain access to his children Becky Scott (Chandra Reugg) and Darren Scott (Joe Fox). In one storyline, he discovers that Nikki is having an affair with her step-son Luke Warrington (Royce Cronin). Adrian orders her to let Becky and Darren live with him or he will tell her husband Andrew Warrington (Simon Cook).[29]

Blake told Diana Hollingsworth from Soaplife that Nikki cannot contemplate her children learning about the affair and agrees to Adrian's demands. But Nikki has an ulterior motive to her agreeing. Blake explained "Nikki's of the strong belief that this is only a temmporary arrangement. She thinks Adrian will come to his senses and bring them back. Adrian can't support them. The schooling arrangements, everything – they're just not in place. So she has a feeling he'll soon cave in and say he can't cope."[29] Blake also believed that Adrian was jealous of the affair because he could not bear to see her with anyone other than Andrew. As the storyline develops, Becky becomes miserable living with Adrian and runs away on two occasions.[29]

Becky Scott

Becky Scott was played by Chandra Reugg between January 2000 and December 2003. A Soaplife reporter branded Becky a "troubled teenager".[30] Becky first arrived in Charnham in January 2000 along with her brother Darren, their mother Nikki, stepfather Andrew and step-siblings Luke and Sara. Becky and Darren's father Adrian soon made a reappearance in their lives after serving time for being an accessory to armed robbery and took up residence locally.

Later that year, Adrian left Charnham incensed, after discovering Nikki's affair with Luke and took Becky and Darren to live with his parents in Tottenham. Becky was resistant and hated it there and later ran back home to the Warringtons. At Christmas, the secret was exposed which resulted in the Warrington family diminishing. Andrew soon left Nikki, Sara moved out and Becky and Darren had to adjust to Nikki and Luke being an item. In December 2001, Luke returned looking for Sara who had gone missing for several days. Sara was eventually found, but Luke stayed in the area and rekindled his relationship with Nikki. Becky and Luke later had a fling of their own, which ended badly after Becky contracted cystitis and Luke left town. Becky later had relationships with Lewis Davenport, Benji McHugh and Brendan Boulter. Over the next year or so, things would seem tough for Becky and the family but things fell into place once Nikki began a relationship with Roy Farmer and eventually married him. The family were all set to leave town for newer pastures in November 2003, but the dream was shattered when Roy was killed during a fire in his cybercafe (which had been started by Mike Shaw as a plot to frame Pete Callan for arson). Following Roy's funeral, Becky, Darren and Nikki left Charnham for a new start elsewhere.

Darren Scott

Darren Scott was played first by Joe Fox for much of 2000 then by Ike Hamilton from 2001 up until 2003 when he, his mother and his sister left Charnham after Roy died in the cybercafe fire.

George Shackleford

George Shackleford was played by Miles Anderson from July 2001 to January 2002

Joan Shackleford

Joan Shackleford (previously Short) was played by Margi Clarke from 2001 until 2002. She was the mother of Pete Callan. She had Pete in 1959 when she was about 16 or 17 after marrying his father ? Callan. They either divorced or he died and she remarried Kevin Short in about 1970. She knew Pete was being abused by his stepfather but never batted an eyelid. She made her debut in 2001 at the time of Pete's court case over Josh Matthews' murder.

Tom Shackleford

Tom Shackleford was played by Tom Healy from 2001 until 2002.

Sami Shafiq

Sami Shafiq was played by Hosh Kane from June to December 2005 shortly before the end of the series. Sami first arrived in Charnham in June 2005 with his partner Max Lawson, who had bought Dusty's store from Yasmin Green. Yasmin and Sami didn't exactly hit it off at first, but they gradually became good friends. Max and Sami's relationship was plagued with problems, as Max was separated from his wife, Carrie and their children were kept in the dark. Max eventually went back to his family, and Sami went on to date Australian backpacker Brett Owen. After a stabbing following a disagreement with his mother, Aamina only days after the death of his father, Yousef, Sami left Charnham to go with Brett to Melbourne.

Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw was played by Tony O'Callaghan from November 2003 until June 2004 and also made several flashback appearances in September 2004. Mike first appeared in Charnham in November 2003, as a former flame of Eileen Day. Eileen had enlisted his help in her plan to take revenge on Pete Callan for sleeping with her daughter Lucy and later breaking Lucy's heart by rejecting her. Mike devised a plan for Eileen to get hold of Pete's assets by marrying him and then framing him for arson. Mike set fire to the local cybercafe owned by Roy Farmer, one of Pete's many enemies. The plan worked, but resulted in Roy's death. Eileen was left racked with guilt, but Mike persuaded her not hand herself in. Mike then began extorting money. When barman Sam Taylor, Eileen's son who she had given up for adoption made a reappearance in her life, He began asking questions about his father. Eileen then later told Mike that Sam was his son who had been born shortly after Mike went to Prison. Mike and Sam later began spending time together. Mike asked Sam to move to Spain with him but it wasn't to be...

On 3 June 2004, The day of Pete's trial. Mike urged Eileen to testify against her husband in court. After testimony from a surprise witness, Pete was acquitted. Back at the Black Swan, Mike, in extreme anger, began attacking Eileen and dragged her into the bathroom attempting to rape her. Dave Matthews and Lucy, heard Eileen's screams and broke down the bathroom door. Mike was knocked down momentarily by Dave, but began to rise. Lucy saw this and pushed Mike to the floor causing him to hit his head, killing him instantly.

Adam Sheldrake

Adam Sheldrake was played by Vince Leigh from 1999 to 2000.

Adam begins a relationship with Gabby Johnson (Emma Linley). But she is unaware that he is also romancing her flatmate Clive Starr (Huw Bevan). A reporter from Soaplife reported that their affair becomes problematic when "cuddly Clive" becomes to clingy with Adam.[25]

Adam, a police constable, entered the storyline August 1999 as a love interest for Clive Starr (Huw Bevan). The relationship fizzled after Adam became cagey about his home life, and began worrying about how being outed would affect his career. Adam and Clive got back together shortly after Adam returned to Charnham to aid the search for Benji McHugh who had run off with his teacher, Maggie Roswell. Adam later revealed he had a daughter from his previous marriage.

When Clive went away on tour, Adam became involved with Clive's flatmate Gabby Johnson. Clive was devastated when he found out. Adam and Gaby got engaged but broke it off on the day of the wedding in March 2000. Adam then left Charnham, returning five months later to investigate the murder of Josh Matthews.

Diane Short

Diane Short was played by Pooky Quesnel from 2001 until 2002.

Maria Simons

Maria Simons (previously Starr and Callan) was played by Annie Miles from 1997 until 2000. She had been married to Pete Callan before the series began. Many of her major storylines were connected to her desperate desire to have children after being rendered unable to conceive by a beating from Pete. At one point she deceived her new husband Dudley Starr into believing she was pregnant. She was in fact hiding a cushion under her dress. She eventually kidnapped a baby from a hospital, and tried to pass it off as her own. The baby's real parents soon tracked her down and the baby was returned to them. They did not press charges.

Eventually Pete Callan plotted to get her out of Charnham. He paid to unofficially adopt a baby, which he gave to Maria on the condition she leave town and never return. She left with the baby and was not seen in Charnham again.

Clive Starr

Clive Starr was played by Huw Bevan. Clive entered the storyline in January 1999 as a university student doing a Media Studies degree and sharing a flat with Declan Byrne and Gabby Johnson. He secretly fell in love with Declan, who was straight. After that he had a succession of short-lived gay relationships and grew increasingly depressed over his plain looks and short and stocky build, leading to a suicide attempt. Clive, at one point found himself in a love-triangle with new love Adam Sheldrake, and flatmate Gabby.

After graduating from university he worked as a radio presenter. He later worked as bar manager for Pete Callan at the Lock, and following Pete to his new pub The Black Swan, before moving away in 2001.

Dudley Starr

Dudley Starr was played by David Verrey. Dudley first arrived in the series as new chef at The Lock. He initially went by the name Serge Pompidour, which he felt was more fitting of a chef. His brother Clive Starr soon moved to Charnham as well. Dudley married Maria Simons but he left her upon learning she had kidnapped a baby, and was not seen in Charnham again.

Sean Steel

Sean Steel was played by Sam Barriscale from 2003 until the character's death in the early hours of New Year's Day 2005 after being stabbed.


Olly Taylor

Olly came to the street as brother of Sam Taylor, he had a brief fling with Lucy. He began to fight for Lucy, against fellow character Jake Walker. Some of his last scenes were filmed as he pushed Jake off some scaffolding, placed in the street.

Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor was played by Leon Ockenden between May and December 2004.

Claire Toomey

Claire Callan (née Toomey) was played by Tina Hall. She was an original character in the series, appearing from episode one in 1997 until 2003.

Claire begins a relationship with Roy Farmer (Miles Petit) and she uses him for money. Claire is annoyed when she realises that Roy is falling in love with Sara Warrington (Beth Cordingly). Petit told Sally Brockway from Soaplife that Claire does not want Sara around because she is aware that she is losing Roy.[31] She realised their attraction before Roy did. Petit believed that Roy cares about Claire but cannot continue a relationship when he loves Sara. He added "he was never in love with Claire, I think it was just a convenience thing. It certainly helped him get over Maria, anyway."[31]

Claire was best friends with Melanie Hart, and she later had an affair with Melanie's brother Duncan Hart, falling pregnant to him. She gave birth to twins Ewan and Stella and Duncan rejected Claire and the twins. After Duncan left town, Claire married Pete Callan (David Easter), who loved the children, but the marriage was not a happy one. After the Hart family was killed in a boat explosion in January 1999, the sole survivor of the blast, Roy, became mentally unbalanced for a time, kidnapping and threatening to murder Claire. Soon after this, Claire left town after Pete beat her for defending Roy.

In 2000, she returned to Charnham hardened from her distarous marriage to Pete and was without her twins, who were with her sister. Later, she went into business with Roy. In 2002, whilst Pete is dating Charlotte Day (Leanne Lakey), rumours are spread that Pete slept with Claire. When Charlotte begins acting secretive, Claire decides to investigate her behaviour to find out that Charlotte is meeting her young sister Lucy. Claire decides to get revenge on Pete for what he did to her during their marriage. Claire decides to make it seem as if Pete has killed her and plans this with Johnny Palmer. Claire trashes her house to make it look like Pete broke in and murdered her. However the plan is ruined by Ben Galloway, who is obsessed with Claire. Claire continues to hide and fake her death, while Johnny blackmails Pete into giving him part of The Black Swan. She left Charnham permanently in 2003.

A Soaplife writer branded Claire "callous" and called Roy her "cash cow" and "gravy train".[32]

Liam Trip

Liam was played by Stephen Hoyle from 1997 to 1999. He was introduced as the teenaged son of existing character Nick Trip and became friends with fellow teenagers Jamie Hart and Benji McHugh. He began working for Pete Callan but when he was arrested for robbery Pete abandoned him and he was sent to jail. He briefly returned to live with Nick after being released before leaving the area.

Nick Trip

Nick Trip was played by Barry McCormick from 1997 to 1999. He was the business partner of Chris Hart in a building business. Later it was learned that years before he had enjoyed a brief affair with Chris's wife Annie. He later married his son's solicitor Pamela Hargreaves but the marriage ended when she was sent to prison for killing the man who was stalking her. Nick abruptly left town, for destination unknown, in 1999.


Ania Williams

Goes to Langford middle school 11 years old can catch an attitude sometimes can be annoying has to many boy friends bestfriends caylin and Milena she has a crush on Emmanuel .

Jake Walker

Jake Walker (played by Seb Castang) was initially seen in Charnham from February to December 2003, when he was sentenced to two years in a young offenders institute after accidentally killing Fern Farmer and Robert Davenport. Jake ran them down after losing control of a car during a police chase.

Jake only served his half sentence and returned in December 2004, remaining in Charham until May 2005.

Trish Wallace

Patricia "Trish" Wallace, played by Gabrielle Glaister, made her first appearance in September 2004. She left in September 2005; after being shot by Pete Callan during a siege at The Black Swan, Trish was hospitalized and then jailed.

Andrew Warrington

Andrew arrives in Charnham as part of the new Warrington family. It consists of his two children Sara (Beth Cordingly) and Luke Warrington (Royce Cronin), wife Nikki Warrington (Rebecca Blake) and her teenage children Becky Scott (Chandra Reugg) and Darren Scott (Joe Fox). Blake who plays Nikki described Andrew as "a very straight guy" who could not imagine a bigger betrayal than his son and wife having an affair.[29]

Luke Warrington

Luke Warrington was played by Royce Cronin from January 2000 until March 2001, and from December 2001 to May 2002.

Nikki Warrington

Nikki Warrington was played by Rebecca Blake from January 2000 until December 2003.

The wardrobe department kitted Nikki out with a plain dress code. Blake told Susan Riley of Soaplife that "Nikki's clothes are slowly getting trendier but she's very dowdy. When I used to see how frumpy I looked on-screen, I'd hotfoot it down to wardrobe and try to lose a few of her outfits."[33] When Blake first joined the show she was styling a shorter hair cut. But while filming her hair would drop over her face and Blake believed it made Nikki look like a muppet.[33]

Nikki arrives in Charnham with her children Becky Scott (Chandra Reugg) and Darren Scott (Joe Fox). She is accompanied by her husband Andrew Warrington (Simon Cook) and his grown up children Sara Warrington (Beth Cordingly) and Luke Warrington (Royce Cronin). Though an attraction develops with the latter and they begin an affair.[29] Blake defended her character's actions by noting that Nikki only ever acted on her feelings for Luke following alcohol consumption.[34] Nikki's ex-husband Adrian Scott (Ariyon Bakare) is introduced into the show and he learns of their affair. Blake told Diana Hollingsworth from Soaplife that "Nikki can't bear for the children to find out that she slept with Luke. She doesn't want to decimate the family set-up she's worked so hard to create. And Andrew is very much part of that package." Adrian uses his knowledge of the affair into forcing her to let him take Becky and Darren away.[29] But Blake explained that Nikki believes that Adrian will not be able to support them and will return them home. She then blames their departure on Andrew's family problems. But the deceit and her children's absence proves too much for the character. Blake stated "She's blown to pieces, utterly destroyed [...] Nikki is distraught. She keeps breaking down and is finding it very hard to hold everything together."[29]

Becky is miserable living with Adrian and runs away to visit Luke at university. Nikki goes to collect her but ends up sleeping with Luke despite the trouble their affair already created.[29] This was because the duo have a "strong sexual chemistry". Blake also believed that Nikki had fallen in love with Luke. But she remains determined to stay with Andrew. Blake reasoned that "It would blow the family apart completely. He's a very straight guy – I don't think he could envisage a bigger betrayal. It couldn't be worse."[29]

Andrew begins to suspect an affair when he returns from an American lecture tour. He is suspicious of Adrian taking the children and demands answers. Nikki lies to Andrew claiming she has been unfaithful with a colleague. Andrew is angry with Nikki but also willing to save their marriage.[35] Cook told Alison James of Soaplife that "he still loves Nikki and wants to make a go of things. But he doesn't make it easy for her. there's no way he intends to just forgive and forget." However Sara realises that Nikki will continue sleeping with Luke and makes sure Andrew catches them having sex. Cook believed that it was the ultimate betrayal from his wife and son. The shock leaves him numb and devastated. Andrew blames Nikki and believes that she corrupted her own son for an affair. Cook added that Nikki "completely abandoned her responsibilities".[35] Cook thought that Nikki's reasons for wanting to remain with Andrew were selfish. He added "Nikki's desperate to save it, probably because she'll lose everything – a sizeable income and her kids." Cook said there was no hope of Nikki and Andrew repairing their relationship. Producers decided to write Andrew out of the show. They realised that Andrew could not live on the same street as Nikki.[35]

Hollingsworth branded Nikki "Charnham's wicked stepmum" for sleeping with Luke.[29] While she later added "Nikki Warrington gave the term 'wicked stepmother' a whole new meaning when she fell into the arm's of her husband Andrew's son."[36] Their colleague Alison Riley said that Nikki's life was a "right mess".[33]

Sara Warrington

Jim Webb

Jim Webb was played by Jo Dow from December 2000 until September 2003. Jim first arrived in Charnham in December 2000, not long after his sister Karen and her boyfriend Matt Ellis arrived. Jim had lost his wife, Cathy several years earlier. Due to the cramped conditions at Number 12, where Matt and Karen were staying with Matt's Sister, Nikki Warrington and her family, Jim originally had intended to rent a room from Sadie Hargreaves across the street, but Sadie having a heart attack put paid to the idea. Jim remained with the Warringtons for the time being. As 2001 approached, Jim and Karen's 19-Year-old brother Paul arrived. Paul managed to wind up several residents and lied to Jim on occasion, but Jim refused to give up on him. Later that year, Linda Renshaw an old flame of Jim's reappeared in his life. It transpired that Linda was Paul's biological mother and Jim was not Paul's brother at all; He was in fact his biological father. Jim had gotten Linda pregnant when they were teenagers and Jim and Karen's parents raised Paul as their own and Jim went to join the army.

That December, Jim began an affair with Nikki, despite him recently marrying Cat Matthews who was pregnant with Jim's child. Nikki decided to end it and told Jim to go back to Cat. After a series of arguments, Cat's constant drinking and smoking which led to her aborting Jim's baby, Jim decided to separate from her. Jim later put down roots in the area and bought Nikki's house after her husband Andrew decided to sell the house. In 2002, Jim got involved with Geri Evans Cat's niece, but in an almost ironic twist, Jim slept with Cat again. In September 2003, after a bungled business venture with Gabriel Drummond, which involved stolen cars and resulted in Jake Walker driving into the sandwich shop during a high-speed police chase and killing Robert Davenport and Fern Farmer, Jim decided to move back Spain to join Paul who had recently settled out there after reuniting with his on-off girlfriend Gemma Craig. Matt, Karen and their daughter Grace followed him and sold Number 12 to The Costellos.

Paul Webb

Paul Webb was played by Martin Delaney from January 2001 until July 2003.

Paul begins a relationship with Gemma Craig (Angela Hazeldine) and later proposes marriage.[23] Hazeldine told Sally Brockway from Soaplife that Gemma had become carried away with wedding plans because she was young, despite being unsure about going ahead with the ceremony. Unbeknownst to Paul, his finance develops feelings for his friend and best man Cameron Davenport (Rupert Hill). The couple have an argument with on the eve of their wedding and Cameron agrees to help sort their problems. But his intervention results in Gemma and Cameron having sex.[23] Hazeldine explained to Brockway that Gemma was too young to get married. She had a long-standing attraction to Cameron and cannot resist him. The actress believed that Paul's disagreements with Gemma in the lead up to their wedding did not bode well for their future.[23] Hazeldine felt sorry for Paul because he had turned his life around and changed his attitude and tried to do right by Gemma. But she believed the proposal resulted in problems that otherwise would not have occurred. The thought of marriage proves difficult and [Hazeldine added] "it's a disaster – but Gemma has never been completely sure about marrying Paul." The character had gained the sympathy of viewers and Hazeldine was approached in public warning her character to keep away from Cameron and honour her relationship with Paul.[23]

Tim Webster

Played by Idris Elba, Tim Webster appeared from the first episode. He was a good friend of Duncan Hart's, and attempted to romance Duncan's twin Holly although he was eventually thwarted by Holly's confusion over her sexuality and relationship with Susie Ross and, later, Holly's affair with her neighbour Dave Matthews. Tim was eventually written out of the series as part of the revamp that saw the Hart and Gates families eliminated from the show, departing a few months prior to most of the original cast members.

Coral Wilding

Coral, played by Katy Edwards from June until December 2005, was married to Jason Wilding. The couple moved into the street in the final weeks of the show. Coral was a glamorous, loud mouth who clashed with many residents.

Jason Wilding

Jason Wilding, played by Daniel Hyde from October until December 2005 when the series ended.

Alex Williams

Alex Williams was played by Jake McCarthy from late 2004 until October 2005. He is one of Conrad Williams' children, twin brother of Ben, younger brother of Katie and older brother of Ania. He feels guilt over Ben being in juvenile detention for manslaughter, since Ben was protecting him from a boy who had been bullying him. Alex has a crush on Melanie Costello, who sees him as a joke. He loses his virginity with Jane Hughes, a homeless girl staying with the Costellos; when he realises she is lying about being friends with Melanie, she accuses him of rape but later admits the truth. He leaves to live with his mother after an argument with Conrad.

Ania Williams

  • Born "Anna Williams" 20 June 1991 to Conrad Williams and Ella Williams
  • Appeared during 2004–2005 season
  • Played by Elizabeth Holmes-Gwillim

Ben Williams

Ben Williams was played by Adam Rhys Dee from January 2005 until the final episode in December 2005. Ben first arrived in Charnham in January 2005, shortly after serving four years imprisonment for manslaughter. Ben had accidentally drowned Luke Pellow, a boy who had been bullying his twin brother, Alex after holding his head under water until he stopped breathing. It was a tense time for Ben and his family as Ben was the subject of local gossip. Ben later settled into the area, albeit with a little difficulty. On the Weekend of their 18th birthday, Ben and Alex took a car their father, Conrad had bought for them for a drive. The twins had an argument about the last few years and Ben's inability to reconnect with the family. Ben goaded Alex about being a wimp and a loser. Alex then punched Ben. Later that day, the twins were involved in a car crash with Denise Boulter and Graham Harker, thanks to Ben grabbing the steering wheel from his brother. It looked as if Ben could be returned to the young offender's institute after this, but Alex decided to take the blame for the accident and escaped with a suspended license.

Ben later found work with Justin MacKenzie at his father's building firm, MacKenzie and Sons. When gay couple Max Lawson and Sami Shafiq purchased Dusty's store from Yasmin Green and moved into the area, Ben wasn't too keen on them. Ben was accused of being homophobic due to his lack of remorse for a botched building job he had done on the shop and frequent comments he had made. Ben even went as far to punch Sami one night at a house party. When backed into a corner by Max, Ben revealed that he had a non-physical, homosexual relationship with another boy while in the Young Offender's Institute. Ben did not feature very often toward the end of series. Soon after Alex left to live with their mother Ella and sister Ania in Los Angeles and Conrad left for Fiji with his lover, nurse Tanya Woods, Ben moved in with his boss Justin and his half-brother Marc. Ben helped renovate the recently burned out Black Swan pub which was later renamed the Phoenix. Later it was revealed that Ben was Gay and in the closet. He had a brief affair with a boy from the area.

Conrad Williams

The father of the Williams family, Conrad was played by Simon Merrells, the older brother of Jason Merrells, and appeared from September 2004 to October 2005. A single parent, he had to deal with the repercussions of his son Ben spending time in juvenile detention for accidentally killing a classmate, as well as his relationship with Sharon Ingram, after her son Bradley Foster was revealed to have abused Chloe Costello. He had an affair with Tanya Woods, which ended when she realised she was pregnant by her fiancé John Stokes and married him. Towards the end of his time on the show, two of his children, Ania and Alex, left to live with their mother while Katie and Ben moved out of the house. Conrad was then reunited with Tanya, whose marriage had broken down after she suffered a miscarriage, and they left the show together.

Katie Williams

Katie Williams was played by Robyn Page from October 2004 until the final episode in December 2005.

Babs Woods

She was played by Jan Harvey from 2003 until the end of the series in 2005.

Tanya Woods

Tanya Woods, played by Carol Starks, made her first appearance in 2003.

Tanya works at St David's hospital as a nurse. She treats Jake Walker after his involvement in a car crash that killed Robert Davenport and Fern Farmer. Tanya later moves in with her best friend, Sean Steel, a gay man. The two agree to try to adopt a baby together. Tanya and Sean try to adopt Charlie, but the idea does not materialise as Charlie's mother Sarah comes back. Tanya later gives birth to a baby boy, Harry. Soon after, Sean dies in hospital after being stabbed by some youths in the early hours of New Year's Eve.

For the remainder of 2005, Tanya is involved in a love triangle with Dr. John Stokes and her neighbour Conrad Williams. John proposes to Tanya and they are married that September. They soon leave Charnham. Tanya miscarries and leaves John. Weeks later, Tanya realises she loves Conrad and returns to Charnham on a rainy night to let him know. The two share a kiss and leave for Fiji.

For her portrayal of Tanya, Starks was nominated in the category of Best Actress at the 2005 British Soap Awards.[37]


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