Jamie Foreman joins EastEnders

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 August 2011
Jamie Foreman

Jamie Foreman

'Layer Cake' actor Jamie Foreman has joined the cast of 'EastEnders' as Derek Branning, the ''bigger, badder'' brother of Max, Jack and Carol

Jamie Foreman has joined the cast of 'EastEnders'.

The 'Layer Cake' actor - whose father Freddie is a true-life East End bad boy, who served jail time for assisting notorious gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in two killings - will join the BBC One soap as Derek Branning, the older brother of Max (Jake Wood), Jack (Scott Maslen) and Carol (Lindsey Coulson).

He said: "I am hugely excited to be joining such an iconic show. 'EastEnders' is full of fantastic actors so it is a role I couldn't refuse.

"The Brannings are such a great family to be joining and I am extremely interested to see how Derek will fit in."

However, Jamie's hardman alter-ego looks set to wreak havoc in Albert Square as the "biggest, baggest" character to grace Walford with his presence, and will be able to "out-alpha" even burly bad boy Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden).

Bryan Kirkwood, executive producer of 'EastEnders' said: "Loyal viewers may know that the fearsome Derek Branning, eldest son of Jim, has been a shadowy presence looming over the rest of the family for years.

"So it's a real coup to sign Jamie Foreman to play the biggest, baddest Branning brother. Jamie has an incredible acting pedigree, having starred in some of the best British movies of recent times.

An insider added: "Out of all the Brannings Derek is the one that most people fear. Although he can be charming he will be the one that can out-alpha almost any man in Albert Square, maybe even Phil Mitchell. He is going to cause a lot of disruption to his family."

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