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Christopher Fairbank & Elizabeth Counsell Join Eastenders as George Knight’s Parents

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Christopher Fairbank & Elizabeth Counsell Join Eastenders as George Knight’s Parents

Christopher Fairbank and Elizabeth Counsell have been cast as George Knight’s adoptive parents, Eddie and Gloria, on EastEnders. The pair will appear on screen in the new year as they attempt to reconnect with their son.  

EastEnders Casts Christopher Fairbank and Elizabeth Counsell

EastEnders, has announced the casting of Christopher Fairbank and Elizabeth Counsell as George Knight’s adoptive parents Eddie and Gloria. The pair has already begun filming and is set to make their on-screen debut in the new year. Eddie and Gloria will arrive in Walford to reconnect with their son George after over a decade of separation, but it becomes apparent that they are keeping a secret.

Elizabeth Counsell, known for her role in Brush Strokes, will be portraying Gloria Knight, while Christopher Fairbank, Auf Weifersehen Pet legend has appeared in everything from The Little Mermaid, to Guardians of the Galaxy, and Andor, will play her on-screen husband Eddie. EastEnders boss Chris Clenshaw expressed his excitement for the legendary actors joining the cast and revealed that Gloria and Eddie will be involved in significant drama upon their arrival.

Counsell shared her delight in joining the show, citing the welcoming cast and team behind EastEnders, saying “I can honestly say it has been an absolute joy. The cast and all of the team behind the scenes at EastEnders are brilliant and have been so welcoming. Colin and I actually worked together before, and who would have thought that I’d be playing his mum almost thirty years later!” while Fairbank expressed his thrill in working with the brilliant actors involved in the show.

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EastEnders airs on Mondays to Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One and is also available for streaming on BBC iPlayer.

Image Credit: Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron/BBC


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