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Where are EastEnders' missing Branning family now?

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 15/03/2019 Sophie Dainty
Jamie Foreman, Jo Joyner, Lorna Fitzgerald, David Witts posing for the camera: What happened to Jamie Foreman, Charlie Clements and more? © GettyImages/DigitalSpy/AH - BBC What happened to Jamie Foreman, Charlie Clements and more?

We've been digging up our favourite EastEnders families recently and have so far tracked down the missing Masoods, Slaters, and Mitchells. Now, inevitably, it’s time to look into the Brannings.

With Jake Wood currently on a break from his role as Max, it’s been left down to his brother Jack to fly the family flag in Walford. But what happened to the rest of the Branning clan and the actors who played them? Let’s find out….

1.Jo Joyner (Tanya Branning,2006-2013)

Jo Joyner posing for the camera: Jo Joyner as Tanya Branning. © BBC Jo Joyner as Tanya Branning.

After playing Max’s long-suffering wife Tanya for six years, Jo Joyner bowed out for pastures new back in 2013. She has, however, popped back to the show twice since then, once for EastEnders' 30th anniversary celebrations in 2015 (, anyone?) and a second time on Christmas Day 2017, to kick start Lauren and Abi's exit story.

Away from EastEnders, Joyner has appeared in BBC series Ordinary Lies, Sky’s Mount Pleasant, and more recently, brilliant comedy-drama Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators. She is currently busy filming the third series of Ackley Bridge, where she plays show regular Mandy Carter.

2.Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning, 2010-2018)

Jacqueline Jossa sitting on a wooden bench: Lauren Branning in EastEnders © BBC Lauren Branning in EastEnders

Jacqueline might have been the second actress to play Max and Tanya’s rebellious daughter Lauren, but she certainly made her mark. After an unforgettable eight years in the role, Jacqueline was written out alongside Lorna Fitzgerald – who played her on screen sister Abi) last year. Luckily, the door has been left wide open for Lauren to return. And she'd 'never say never', and all that.

Since leaving EastEnders, Jacqueline has gone on to give birth to her second child with husband Dan Osborne, has launched a new clothing range, and is also on Youtube.

3.Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi Branning, 2006-2018)

a person standing in front of a window: Abi Branning is revealed as Babe Smith's attacker in EastEnders © BBC Abi Branning is revealed as Babe Smith's attacker in EastEnders

Abi was introduced as a sweet and sensitive, animal-loving 10-year-old back in 2006, but had morphed into a bit of a manipulative man-eater by the time she left us 12 years later. Well, Walford can have that effect on people.

Nonetheless, Abi’s demise was still utterly devastating, with Max’s youngest daughter left brain-dead after falling from the Queen Vic roof in a shocking twist on Christmas Day 2017.

Following her EastEnders exit, Lorna has made her stage debut in The Shadow Factory and is now part of the touring production of Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes. Oh and she’s sporting a new hairstyle these days as well.

4. Charlie Clements (Bradley Branning, 2005-2010)

Charlie Clements wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Former EastEnders star Charlie Clements appears on Loose Women © ITV Former EastEnders star Charlie Clements appears on Loose Women

Just like his sister, loveable Bradley also met a grisly end thanks to the horrors Queen Vic roof, plunging from it eight years prior to Abi’s own fatal fall.

While we were still drying our eyes over Bradley’s devastating demise, Charlie didn't mess around and joined the touring production of Charles Dickens' adaptation The Haunting, before going on to star in a Meredith Oakes play called Faith.

Charlie has also had roles in Casualty, Murdoch Mysteries, and in 2016, starred in Channel 5’s Henry VIII and His Six Wives. Fans may also have spotted him in an episode of Holby City last autumn.

5. Maggie O'Neill (Suzy Branning, 2008)

a woman standing in front of a door: Maggie O'Neil, Suzy Branning, Eastenders © BBC Maggie O'Neil, Suzy Branning, Eastenders

Having previously been played by Julie Christian-Young back in the '90s, Suzy was reintroduced in 2008, this time, played by Maggie O'Neill.

During this stint, Suzy is probably best remembered for having a brief romance with Phil Mitchell (before attempting to con him) and planting baby Amy's DNA results in a Christmas cracker. You know, as you do.

Maggie continued to work solidly since after EastEnders, appearing in TV dramas Call the Midwife, Midsomer Murders and Death in Paradise amongst several others. More recently, she starred in the second series of ITV's Unforgotten and also played Yvonne in BBC drama The Split last year.

6.Jamie Foreman (Derek Branning, 2011-2012)

Jamie Foreman wearing a suit and tie: Jamie Foreman as Derek Branning in EastEnders. © BBC Jamie Foreman as Derek Branning in EastEnders.

Although he’s probably best-remembered for being Kat Moon’s secret lover, Derek ruled the roost in Walford back in 2012; making an enemy of almost everyone.

After Derek met a fatal end, Jamie went on to appear in a handful of well-known TV shows, including Birds of a Feather and Porters. He also narrated ITV’s six-part series Double Decker Driving School in 2015 and played Albert Wilson in BBC Radio 4 series Home Front in 2015. As well as success in TV and radio, Jamie has been adding a number of films to his CV as well.

Oh and he also called for EastEnders to buck up its ideas last year. And we all know that you don’t mess with Derek Branning...

7. David Witts (Joey Branning, 2012-2013)

David Witts standing on a sidewalk: David Witts, Joey Branning, Eastenders © BBC David Witts, Joey Branning, Eastenders

David earned himself an army of fans during his one-year stint as Derek’s son Joey – winning an impressive National Television Award and an Inside Soap Award in that short time.

Since leaving EastEnders at the end of 2013, David has gone onto make a name for himself in theatre – starring in productions of Hairspray, Aladdin and making his West End debut as Fiyero in Wicked.

8.Jasmyn Banks (Alice Branning, 2012-2013)

Jasmyn Banks standing on a sidewalk: Jasmyn Banks as Alice Branning. © BBC Jasmyn Banks as Alice Branning.

Daddy’s girl Alice was only in Walford for just over a year, but still managed to pack in a whole lot of drama during that time.

After getting embroiled in a calculated, and very complex, revenge plan of Janine and Michael’s, poor Alice paid the highest price when she was sent to prison for his murder.

Alice hasn’t been seen since she was acquitted (off-screen), , but away from the woes of Walford Jasmyn has been keeping busy with parts in Call the Midwife, Citizen Khan, and A Very English Scandal. She's also very active on Instagram, if you want to have a nosy.

9. Lindsey Coulson (Carol Jackson/Branning, 1993-1997, 1999, 2010-2015)

Lindsey Coulson wearing a suit and tie: Lindsey Coulson as DCI Michelle Newman in ITV's The Level © ITV Lindsey Coulson as DCI Michelle Newman in ITV's The Level

Often the voice of reason of the beleaguered Branning family, Carol’s absence has been sorely felt since she rode out of Walford in 2015.

Having played Carol intermittently since 1993 (granted, there was quite a large amount of time between stints), it’s not hard to see why Lindsey Coulson felt that it might be time to leave the character behind. She’s worked steadily ever since with roles in crime dramas The Level and Bulletproof.

10. Kierston Wareing (Kirsty Branning, 2012-2014)

Kierston Wareing wearing a dress: Kierston Wareing, Kirsty Branning, Eastenders © BBC Kierston Wareing, Kirsty Branning, Eastenders

It’s hard to forget Max’s secret wife Kirsty given the nature of her arrival, which saw her burst onto our screens during Branning-focused Christmas special in 2012.

Kirsty’s arrival ended year's worth of speculation over Max's secret but simultaneously sparked another year of drama in the process, as she fought off competition from Tanya in order to get her marriage back on track.

After Kirsty was written out after 13 months, Kierston, who played her, went on to land another part as a soap schemer – playing ruthless villain Ashley Davidson in Hollyoaks.

11. Mia McKenna-Bruce (Penny Branning, 2008)

Mia McKenna-Bruce looking at the camera: Mia Mckenna-Bruce Instagram © Mia Mckenna-Bruce Instagram - Instagram Mia Mckenna-Bruce Instagram

As the eldest daughter of Jack Branning, Penny appeared in the show briefly in 2008 – but hasn't been seen again since.

Now all grown up, 21-year old Mia has added several acting credits to her CV since then, with roles in Holby City, Doctors, The Bill, Josh and, most-notably, Tracy Beaker spin-off series The Dumping Ground, where she played Tee Taylor. More recently, she appeared in ITV series Cleaning Up, which starred Sheridan Smith. She's also on Instagram here.

12. Daisy Beaumont (Selina Branning, 2008)

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Despite being Jack's ex-wife and the mother of their daughter Penny (see above), Selina only ever had a brief stint in the show, appearing in eight episodes from January to February 2008.

That said, Selena’s arrival in Walford was crucial in learning more about Jack’s backstory, as we later learned that he holds himself responsible for Penny’s paralysis – which happened as a result of a revenge attack on him.

Following her brief EastEnders stint, has continued to make a name for herself in both the acting industry, with roles in Hotel Babylon, New Tricks, Doctor Who and You, Me, Them.

Fun fact: Daisy also starred in EastEnders back in 2000, where she played Helen: a housing association employee who took an interest in some flats Ian Beale was building at the time.

EastEnders continues on Monday, March 18 at 8pm on BBC One.

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