News Danny Dyer ‘proud’ he’s helped young gay men come out

The new star heaped praise upon the touching EastEnders storyline his character Mick Carter has been part of

Last Night's Viewing: Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC1
The Flowerpot Gang, BBC1

I don't know about you, but on discovering that the first subject in this new series of Who Do You Think You Are? was Samantha Womack, my immediate thought was, "No, really. Who are you?" Turns out she's the actress formerly known as Samantha Janus, most famous for playing baby-stealing Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders.

Luke Anderson, 31, was crowned winner of the current Channel 5 series.

Lowest ratings recorded for BB final

Big Brother drew its lowest-ever viewing figures for a final last night with less than two million watching.

Letitia Dean is back on the square, playing Sharon

Sharon's back! And she's not the first to return with a humdinger of an 'EastEnders' storyline

As actress Letitia Dean once more steps into Sharon's stilettos after nearly seven years away, Kate Youde looks at the Walford characters who left and bounced back – and those who vanished for ever... da da da, da dah di daah

Tamm in 'Doctor Who'; she also translated Estonian plays into English

Late Doctor Who star's husband dies hours after her funeral

The husband of Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm died just hours after giving a eulogy at her funeral, her agent said.

Robbie Grabarz on his way to winning high jump bronze last night

Leap of faith as Robbie Grabarz secures a high jump bronze

Briton who started year ranked 44 in world keeps Team GB on medal course

Tamzin Outhwaite gives birth to second baby

Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite has given birth to a baby girl.

The Bill's Gary Lucy

EastEnders role for Gary Lucy

Former Footballers Wives star Gary Lucy is heading to Albert Square to play a charismatic City banker.

Sharon Watts played by Letitia Dean

EasteEnder Sharon to clash with jilted fiance

Soon-to-return Sharon Watts endures an angry confrontation with her jilted groom as she makes her Walford comeback.

Letitia Dean set to reprise role of Sharon Watts in Eastenders

Returning EastEnders favourite Sharon Watts makes her comeback to Albert Square - in her wedding dress.

Julie Walters attends the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Julie Walters hits out at TV talent shows

Screen star Julie Walters has hit out at the makers of TV talent shows, accusing them of exploiting contestants.

Flying Pickets star Brian Hibbard dies

Singer-turned-actor Brian Hibbard has died at the age of 65, his agent said today.

Rapist jailed after 11-year wait

A sex offender was jailed today 11 years after his young victim put off going to police because of an EastEnders storyline.

Archers' new East End boss reassures fanbase

The Archers will not become more like EastEnders, the acting editor of the world's oldest soap opera has promised, after backtracking on comments which provoked listener concerns.

Acting editor of The Archers moves to reassure fans after fears it will become more like Eastenders

The Archers will not become more like EastEnders, the acting editor of the world’s oldest soap opera has promised, after backtracking on comments which provoked concern from listeners.

EastEnders star Jo Joyner leads nominations at this evening's British Soap Awards

The soap world's "Oscars" take place tonight, as Coronation Street, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Doctors battle it out for gongs.

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