The Baker clan is set to expand as Mitch’s brother and nephews make their way to Albert Square, where EastEnders announces new castings.
And they won’t be the first announcements of new producer Chris Clenshaw as he makes his mark on the show.
It is a busy summer prepared for Mitch (played by Roger Griffiths) when his estranged brother and two nephews appear in Albert Square.
Musician and actor Omar Lye-Fook, MBE will play Avery Baker, Mitch’s charming older brother. Almost always on the verge of causing trouble, Avery could not be more different from his little brother and his arrival was going to make heads turn …
Avery will be joined by his two sons, Felix and Finlay, who will be played by Matthew Morrison (Felix) and Ashley Byam (Finlay).
The younger of the two brothers, older than life Felix will throw himself into life in Albert Square, but with his quick wit and sincere honesty he will surely excite some drama along the way.
Older half-brother Finlay has a different biological dad but was raised by Avery shortly after birth. Finlay has sailed through life using his impertinent charm but is set to face a wake-up call as he begins life in Walford.
Despite being the complete opposite of each other, Felix and Finlay present a united front and always have each other’s backs.
While Mitch dearly loves his nephews, it’s fair to say that he has a complicated relationship with his brother after not talking to him for years and Avery’s unexpected arrival is set to cause some trouble for Mitch.
Realizing that there must be a reason for Avery to suddenly return to his life, Mitch is determined to get to the bottom of what is happening and find out what secret Avery is hiding …
Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, EastEnders said: “The Baker Family brings fresh, furious, fun and exciting energy to the Square. Felix and Finlay are two very different firecrackers and, yes, those brothers fall out, take the mic and challenge each other. another, but none of that compares to their unwavering love and loyalty they have for each other.
‘They may be charming young men, full of wisdom, boastfulness and strength, but these brothers are Bakers and, like their father, Avery, have their own unique way of surviving. Omar, Matthew and Ashley all bring star quality to EastEnders and we’re excited to see them bring Avery, Felix and Finlay to life.
“The Baker family is just the beginning of a few new faces landing in Walford later this year – so take a look at this space …”
Taking on the role of Avery, Omar Lye-Fook, MBE said: “I’ve been watching EastEnders since I was in school, so it’s such a surreal experience now to be a part of the show. I’m having a lot of fun and it’s an honor to work with this incredible cast. . ‘
Matthew Morrison, who will play Felix, was thrilled: ‘It’s an honor to be a part of such a legendary show that I grew up watching. It hasn’t quite gone deep yet, and I think it never will. I’m so touched by Felix and can’t wait for you all to meet him! ‘
Ashley Byam, who will play Finlay, added: ‘I’m very happy to join the Square. Like many people I grew up with EastEnders; it was almost like an unspoken family tradition.
‘My mother and I sat there together watching so many incredible and iconic stories. So now joining this classic British TV drama is an honor, and I’m really grateful. I can’t wait for everyone to meet Finlay and see what’s in front of him. ‘
The actors have started filming and will be first seen on screen this summer.
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