BBC EastEnders fans love Peggy Mitchell in flashback episode but complain that Phil and Grant are 'too good looking'

Excitement is building after EastEnders announced they are taking audiences back in time to 1979 in a flashback episode about the Mitchell family. The iconic family has been a jewel in the EastEnders crown since arriving in Albert Square during the early 90s and now the BBC soap will reveal what led to their move to Walford.

Set to air in Autumn, fans will have to wait a while to see how the story plays out but the BBC have announced the actors who will play younger versions of famous characters. Jaime Winstone, known for her rolls in Kidulthood, will play Peggy Mitchell.

Peggy was played by the late Dame Barbara Windsor from 1994 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2016. Barbara passed away aged 83 after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014 and her character has not been played since.

bbc eastenders fans love peggy mitchell in flashback episode but complain that phil and grant are 'too good looking'

Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders

EastEnders fans were delighted by Jaime’s casting, as she’s played Barbara before in a BBC Biopic about her life called Babs. One fan wrote: “Love Jaime Winstone, she’s gonna be brilliant at that part.” Another added: “Peggy is spot on.”

Speaking about the role, Jaime said: “It’s been such an honour to step into Peggy Mitchell’s shoes for the first time, and into Barbara’s shoes for the second time. There’s certainly a healthy amount of pressure when you’re taking on such an iconic role – I thoroughly enjoyed it. Playing this role has really cemented my love and admiration for Barbara as I got to bookend my journey by playing Peggy Mitchell – I hope I’ve done her justice and I’ve loved every minute of it, I can’t wait for everyone to see the episode.”

The BBC also announced that a young Phil Mitchell would be played by Daniel Delaney, stepping into the big shoes of Steve McFadden.

bbc eastenders fans love peggy mitchell in flashback episode but complain that phil and grant are 'too good looking'

Steve McFadden as Phil Mitchell

Commenting on the news, many people saw the similarity. One person wrote: “The Phil casting is bang on.” However, others weren’t convinced with another person complaining: “Phil and Grant are too good looking.”

Grant Mitchell will be played by Teddy Jay, stepping into the shoes of Ross Kemp who played him from 1990-2016.

bbc eastenders fans love peggy mitchell in flashback episode but complain that phil and grant are 'too good looking'

Ross Kemp as Grant Mitchell in 1990

The episode will also feature characters from EastEnders history that have never been seen on screen before including Peggy’s husband Eric (George Russo), Billy Mitchell’s older brother, Charlie (Charlie Heptinstall), and Billy and Charlie’s father, Stephen (Dean Roberts).

Chris Clenshaw, EastEnders executive producer, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming an incredible cast of actors to set for this special flashback episode, including the luminous Jaime Winstone as a young Peggy Mitchell.

“Focussed on the Mitchell family, audiences will embark on a rollercoaster journey to the East End of London in 1979 where they’ll delve into the family’s past, seeing much-loved and iconic characters, as well as meeting characters from the show’s history that have never been seen on screen before.

“There are twists, turns and secrets revealed – after all, trouble is never too far away where The Mitchells are concerned!”

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