The following are characters who first appeared, or returned, in the BBC soap opera EastEnders during 2013 listed by order of first appearance. New characters were introduced by Lorraine Newman, executive producer until December 2013, when Dominic Treadwell-Collins took over.
The first character to be announced was Dexter Hartman, the teenage son of Ava Hartman. He was introduced in January. Steve Lowe, Bianca Butcher's probation officer and a love interest for Carol Jackson, arrived as a recurring character in February, and in March, Kane and his gang appeared for a storyline involving Liam Butcher. Dexter's father Sam James arrived in May. Kirsty Branning's ex-boyfriend Carl White joined the show in June. Two short-term characters, Betty Spragg, and Ollie Walters, arrived in July. Sadie Young arrived on the show in August, as the new owner of the beauty salon. Former Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas made his first appearance in August as well, playing Jake Stone. Upon the announcement that established character David Wicks was returning to the show, Lisa Maxwell was cast as his girlfriend, Naomi, who appeared in September for one episode. Terry Alderton, playing Terry Spraggan, made his debut in November, along with his children TJ and Rosie. Former Holby City actress Luisa Bradshaw-White was cast as Tina, who first appeared in November, followed in December by Mick Carter (Danny Dyer), Linda Carter (Kellie Bright), his partner, and their younger son, Johnny (Sam Strike).
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