Later this spring, EastEnders will welcome two icons of British stage and screen when Maggie Steed and Christopher Timothy join the cast to play Joyce and Ted Murray.
Joyce and Ted are husband and wife and have been married for nearly sixty years and although the Murrays have lived in Walford all their life, their move to Albert Square is not solely their choice as they are being rehoused from a nearby estate.
Although the move is a big upheaval for them, the Murrays are not complete strangers to those in Albert Square as they already know the legendary Dot Branning.
Speaking of joining EastEnders Maggie Steed said:
“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. I’m incredibly excited to be joining what is such a well-established show.”
To which Christopher Timothy added:
“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 excitingindeed. And of course, I’m looking forward to meeting all the cast who I’ve been used to seeing on TV over the years.”
Speaking about the new signings, Executive Producer Sean O’Connor said:
“I’m delighted to welcome Maggie and Christopher to Albert Square. They are both already much-loved by audiences and it’s wonderful to have attracted such esteemed and acclaimed actors to the EastEnders cast.
The Murrays are a breath of fresh air toWalford 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.”
Maggie Steed has appeared in many television, theatre and film productions including Pie In The Sky, Shine on Harvey Moon, Born and Bred and more recently Chewing Gum, as well as plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre and is currently appearing in On The Town at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre.
Best known for his role in All Creatures Great and Small and Doctors, Christopher Timothy has a long list of television, theatre and film credits to his name. His recent West End theatre productions include The Living Room, The Hot House and Hobson’s Choice.