VIDEO: EastEnders’ Lucy Beale’s killer is revealed tonight and here we look at our own stars of the show on its 30th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 February 2015




Tonight (Thursday) marks 30 years since the first episode of BBC One soap opera EastEnders and viewers are set to finally find out who killed Lucy Beale.

'Max Branning' AKA Tewin-based actor Jake Wood in 'the dock' at the University of Hertfordshire's court'Max Branning' AKA Tewin-based actor Jake Wood in 'the dock' at the University of Hertfordshire's court

Over the three decades of the show more than one real-life Hertfordshire resident has graced Albert Square.

Current star Jake Wood, who plays bed-hopping car salesman Max Branning, lives in Tewin.

Wood has been at the forefront of celebrations and has displayed his sense of humour on Twitter, responding to real and perceived gaffes in the part-live episodes of the soap opera this week.

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Especially when his on-screen ex-wife Tanya (Jo Joyner) referred to central character Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) as ‘Adam’ last night.

Another current EastEnder, Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon Watts, daughter of original 1985 villain ‘Dirty’ Den, hails from Potters Bar.

And Slater family patriarch, Charlie Slater, played by Derek Martin, lives in Hatfield.

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Thomas Law, who used to play Peter Beale, son of long-standing icon of ‘The Square’ Ian Beale, lives in Potters Bar.

And locations in Welwyn Hatfield have also featured in the show.

The law court at Hatfield’s University of Hertfordshire was used to represent ‘Walford Crown Court’ when Max Branning was wrongly convicted of attempted murder last year, in a trademark shocking plot twist.

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And the show itself is filmed it Hertsmere, with Elstree Studios the site of the fictional East London Borough of Walford.

This week will feature live screenings of the show and has promised to be a “week of revelations”.

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, executive producer of the show said: “As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we have set ourselves an enormous challenge - a week of live scenes, a form-breaking flashback, a live episode, story twists that will leave a lump in the throat and a few moments that will elicit genuine gasps from our audience.”

Charlotte Moore, controller at BBC One added: “BBC One will mark the 30th Anniversary of its flagship series with the most ambitious week of live television drama ever attempted.”

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