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The following is a list of minor characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1994, by order of first appearance.

CarmenEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1994)
EastEnders character
Duration 1994
First appearance 8 February 1994
Last appearance 22 March 1994
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Occupation Market trader

Carmen was introduced in February 1994, employed by Richard Cole to work on Sanjay Kapoor's clothing stall on Bridge Street market. Carmen began to pester Richard to give her the licence for the pitch on a permanent basis. However, later that month Sanjay returned, having failed to trace the whereabouts of his estranged wife, Gita.

Following this, Carmen began selling heart-patterned boxer-shorts on the market and a pair was sent anonymously to Richard Cole. Richard assumed they were from a secret admirer, until he saw Carmen selling them the following day. She told him that they weren't a popular line and that she'd only had one buyer, Sanjay Kapoor. Sanjay had bought them to prank Richard, but as Bianca Jackson and Natalie Price had spent the last few weeks winding him up in a similar way, he did not find the prank amusing.

Dougie BriggsEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1994)
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EastEnders character
Duration 1994
First appearance 22 March 1994
Last appearance 12 April 1994
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Occupation ex-soldier

Dougie Briggs appeared for several weeks over the spring of 1994, and was actively involved in the storyline that marked the introduction of EastEnders' third weekly episode, The Queen Vic Siege.

Dougie had been a paratrooper alongside Grant Mitchell in the Falklands War, and met up with him again more than 10 years later, by which time Grant was the landlord of The Queen Vic. Grant allowed Dougie to stay at The Vic, despite his wife Sharon's objections. Sharon began to feel uncomfortable around Dougie after noticing him leering at her on several occasions, but Grant refused to ask him to leave.

Dougie persuaded Grant to help him out with a raid on a supermarket, promising him a vast financial return, but Grant started to have second thoughts when he found Dougie's sawn-off shotgun. After doing some investigating, Grant discovered that Dougie had been discharged from the paratroopers because psychological tests had revealed that he was psychopathic. Dougie tried to stop the Medical Officer from filing the results, and when he refused Dougie shot him in the head and then raped his wife. Realising that he had left Sharon alone in the Vic with a convicted murderer and rapist, Grant fled home and arrived just as Dougie was attempting to sexually assault Sharon. A fight ensued and Grant was knocked unconscious, after which Dougie held Grant, Sharon and barmaid Michelle Fowler hostage with his shotgun, and demanded money.

The gun went off when Grant tried to claim it and Michelle got in the way of a stray bullet and ended up in a pool of blood on the Vic's floor. Grant overpowered Dougie, and beat him unconscious, but he was forced to leave him in the Vic while he took Michelle to hospital. He contacted his brother Phil to get rid of Dougie's body and gun, but by the time Phil arrived at the Vic, Dougie had escaped. Grant was convinved that Dougie would return for revenge, however he was apprehended by the police before he could get to the Vic.

Elizabeth Willmott-BrownEdit

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EastEnders character
Duration 1994
Appeared on 7 April 1994

Elizabeth Willmott-Brown (née Bassett) was the wife of rapist, James Willmott-Brown. One of James' victims, Kathy Beale, began to have a recurring nightmare about her rape in 1994. Her boyfriend, Phil Mitchell, decided to go in search of James to scare him away. He traced him to Elizabeth's home, but she told him that James was not in and she was unsure when he would be back. Phil wouldn't give up however, and when Elizabeth left her house many hours later, he demanded that she tell him where James was because he had raped his girlfriend. Elizabeth then got angry and told Phil she was well aware that James was a rapist, but she was trying to protect her two children from it. She also revealed that James had been imprisoned for the rape of another woman.

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Reg SimpsonEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1994)
EastEnders character
Duration 1994
First appearance 28 November 1994
Last appearance 1 December 1994
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Occupation Hotelier

Reg Simpson owned the Bed and Breakfast in Eastbourne where Pauline and Arthur Fowler and Nellie Ellis stayed in November 1994. When Reg noticed Arthur's contempt for Nellie, he sympathised with him about interfering in-laws. On the day of their departure, Nellie went missing, and Reg informed Arthur that he had seen her heading for the beach in a sombre mood. The Fowlers feared for her safety, but she was only having paddle in the ocean.

Louise EllisEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1994)
EastEnders character
Duration 1994
First appearance 29 November 1994
Last appearance 1 December 1994

Louise Ellis was the daughter of Nellie Ellis's philandering husband, George, who had left Nellie for Louise's mother, Doreen. Louise and her family lived in Eastbourne and Nellie traveled there for George's funeral in November 1994.

Louise was particularly hostile to Nellie, telling her that she was not welcome at the funeral and that Doreen had only invited her to be polite. She believed that Nellie had made her father's life a misery, and dismissed her mother's guilt over the matter.

FamilyEdit

  • Father:George Ellis
  • Mother:Doreen Ellis


Doreen EllisEdit

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EastEnders character
Duration 1994
First appearance 29 November 1994
Last appearance 1 December 1994

Doreen Ellis (née Burtle) was a former acquaintance of Nellie Ellis—the woman who Nellie's husband, George, had left her for. Doreen contacted Nellie in November 1994 to inform her that George had died and to invite her to his funeral in Eastbourne, where they had lived for many years. Nellie referred to Doreen as "the biggest tart in the EastEnd" and she decided to go to the funeral just to embarrass Doreen.

Nellie was most annoyed to discover that George and Doreen had an upmarket house and a daughter, because George had always refused to have children with her. After the funeral, Doreen approached Nellie and invited her back to her house for the wake. They reminisced about George, but Nellie's bad memories of him weren't shared by Doreen, and it turned out that they had a happy and fulfilling life together. Doreen gave Nellie George's old wedding ring from when they married, having found it in his sock drawer. Nellie was momentarily touched to discover that George had kept it after all these years.

Doreen felt extremely guilty about taking Nellie's husband away from her. Before Nellie returned to Walford, Doreen met her at her hotel to apologise for all the hurt she'd caused. Despite hating Doreen for many years, Nellie realised that she actually liked and admired her. Doreen offered Nellie a photo of George, which was refused. Doreen then told her that she didn't mind if Nellie contested George's will, as she was still legally his wife and she was only ever a mistress—even though Doreen went by the name Ellis she and George had never married. Nellie promised that she wouldn't.

FamilyEdit

  • Daughter:Louise Ellis


Stanley BridgeEdit

List of minor EastEnders characters (1994)
EastEnders character
Duration 1994
Appeared on 29 November 1994

Stanley Bridge attended the funeral and wake of Nellie Ellis's former husband, George, in November 1994. Stanley was a wheelchair-bound amputee, having lost both of his legs.

Stanley revealed to Arthur Fowler that he and George had been best friends. When he discovered that Nellie was living with Arthur, Stanley offered his commiserations, saying he'd rather have no legs than put up with her. Stanley revealed that he had been the best man at George and Nellie's wedding, and that he had warned George that Nellie would make his life a misery on his stag night. He was full of praise for George's mistress and long-term partner, Doreen. Nellie overheard everything and found his comments hard to take.

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