EastEnders is adding two legends of British TV and theatre to its cast later this year as Maggie Steed and Christopher Timothy get ready to join Albert Square.
Joyce and Ted Murray have been married for nearly 60 years and have lived in Walford all their lives, but they only come to Albert Square after having their lives upheaved when they're rehoused from a nearby estate.
And while their move into Albert Square will usher in new tensions and new drama, at least the Murrays already know at least one person in their new area – none other than the legendary Dot Branning (June Brown) herself.
Maggie said of her casting: "I am very much looking forward to having Christopher as my on-screen husband – he is a terrific actor. We're going to have lots of fun.
"And I'm incredibly excited to be joining what is such a well-established show."
Maggie has most recently appeared in the critically-acclaimed Chewing Gum and has previously starred in shows and productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, including Richard III in 2014, which also starred Martin Freeman.
Former All Creatures Great and Small star Christopher Timothy also shared his excitement at the new role.
"The most exciting thing about joining EastEnders is not only that I'll be back on the television, but I'll also be working with Maggie.
"I have admired her for a long time. She is one of my favourite actresses. Filming not just our first scenes but our first episode together will be like first night in the theatre – very exciting indeed.
"And of course, I'm looking forward to meeting all the cast who I've been used to seeing on TV over the years."
[Christopher Timothy in All Creatures Great and Small]
Executive producer Sean O'Connor also teased an exciting time ahead for the new arrivals, adding: "The Murrays are a breath of fresh air to Walford having achieved a long-standing marriage.
"But it's not long before echoes of the past catch up with them. I'm very excited to see what these wonderful performers – and these fascinating characters – bring to Albert Square."
EastEnders airs on BBC One.
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