Where are the forgotten EastEnders Brannings now – real-life horror and famous girl
When many people think of the Branning family, they only consider iconic characters like Max, Jack, and their children.
But members of the famous clan started arriving in 1993 – the Branning family becoming an extension of the already established Jackson family.
Then came the head of the family, Jim Branning, with three of his lesser-known children appearing years before brothers Max and Jack set foot in Albert Square.
Even die-hard EastEnders fans won’t remember some of the forgotten family members – from Max’s three sisters to Jack’s first family who live in France.
They have been at the center of some explosive stories, including murders, live burials, deaths, and two falls from Queen Vic’s roof.
It hasn’t been an easy time for the cast since leaving the show either, as he suffers from a horrific fear in real life, the same as his character’s death on the soap opera.
Here’s a look at what happened next for the Forgotten Brannings.
Jamie Foreman – Derek Branning
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One of the nastiest EastEnders villains to ever groom our screens, Derek Branning was Jim’s eldest son.
He appeared very briefly in 1996 for his sister April’s wedding, played by Terence Beesley, but returned in hideous form in 2011 with Jamie Foreman in the role.
The racist hated sister Carol’s husband Alan, had a fierce rivalry with Bianca’s father, David Wicks, and spent 10 years in prison for armed robbery.
During his full year in the square, the cruel Derek terrorized many Walford residents, had an affair with Kat Slater, and was chased away by his siblings and children before dying of a heart attack in the Street.
Following Derek’s fatal ending, Jamie appeared in Birds of a Feather and a number of gangster films, including Rise of the Footsoldier 3 and Once Upon a Time in London.
Last year, Jamie revealed that he almost died after suffering a “massive” heart attack several years ago – just like his character.
Talk to Sunday Times, he explained: “I had a massive heart attack a few years ago and almost anchored it. ‘That put everything in perspective.
“All the years and energy I had spent stressing about work and now I’m thinking, ‘I’ve been there, I’ve done this. ” I regret nothing.
“I’ve had a fantastic life and I’m really happy with the simple things now.”
Maggie O’Neil – Suzy Branning
Jim’s troublesome daughter Sue first appeared in 1996 at her sister April’s wedding – and at that time she was played by Julie Christian-Young.
The character was not discussed until she started calling for financial help in 2008 and came back with a new face.
Shameless actress Maggie O’Neil took over the role and the character was renamed Suzy Branning.
She was reintroduced as a love interest in Phil Mitchell, which meant that she was constantly fighting with Shirley Carter and then tried to swindle her with all of her money while pretending to be pregnant.
It was Suzy who was used by Archie Mitchell to plant baby Amy’s DNA test results in the Christmas cracker for Sean Slater to find.
After Suzy went into disgrace after failing to steal Phil’s money, actress Maggie went on to appear in Call the Midwife, Midsomer Murders, and the BBC drama The Split.
The second Branning to arrive was Carol’s fun-loving sister April in 1995.
When the bleached blonde-haired April was abandoned at the altar on her wedding day, Carol and Alan decided to tie the knot for them.
She had a romantic relationship with market inspector Michael Rose, but dumped him to find her former lover in Greece.
“If they try to get rid of me, I’ll chain myself to the gates in Albert Square,” Debbie once said, but decided to leave in October 1996.
Actress Debbie Arnold was already famous for her appearance in The Liver Birds and appeared on many popular TV shows including Footballers’ Wives, Holby City, Doctors and The Two Ronnies.
In addition to EastEnders, she played Carole Evans in Coronation Street, Debbie Wilson in Emmerdale and Janice Bolton in Hollyoaks.
Debbie, who has made regular appearances on This Morning in recent years, is the mother of former Hollyoaks actress Ciara Janson, who is best known for her role as Nicole Owen.
David Witts – Joey Branning
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Arriving in 2012, Derek’s son Joey Branning struggled to let his father into his life and was very protective of his sister Alice.
The Walford hunk had relationships with Lucy Beale, Whitney Dean and even Janine Butcher, but the most scandalous part was a romance with his own cousin Lauren.
During his short stint on the soap opera, actor David Witts won the Sexiest Man award at the Inside Soap Awards, but decided to leave because he didn’t want to become an “EastEnders devotee.”
David returned to the theater, starring in Hairspray, Aladdin, and West End productions as Fiyero in Wicked.
Jasmyn Banks – Alice Branning
Derek’s daughter Alice had a very strained relationship with her father but was always daddy’s baby girl.
The shy Alice decided to search for her father and brought out a much softer side in him, but was horrified by some of his vile deeds.
Her year at Walford ended in drama when Alice had an affair with Michael Moon and was part of her plan to kill Janine, but she turned on her lover and stabbed him.
Poor Alice was convicted of murder, but Janine finally confessed the truth and they were both found not guilty at trial.
Alice went to her mother’s house and never returned, while actress Jasmyn Banks starred in Citizen Khan, Call the Midwife and the ITV Quiz drama.
Lindsey Coulson – Carol Jackson
It may surprise some to learn that Carol is part of the Branning clan.
She was the first Branning to arrive in Albert Square – with all the rest of the family built around her.
Fierce, boisterous and determined, the mother of four came with her four children, Bianca, Sonia, Robbie and Billy and her husband Alan Jackson.
Carol was hiding the secret that Bianca was the daughter of David Wicks, but was forced to tell the truth when David started unknowingly flirting with his own child.
Actress Lindsey Coulson originally appeared between 1993 and 1997, then returned briefly in 1999.
She went on to perform roles in Clocking Off, Judge John Deed, New Tricks and Doctor Who.
His character returned as part of the soap opera’s 25th anniversary and immediately received a major plot line when his son Billy died of alcohol poisoning.
Carol would sleep with her son’s friend, have a relationship with Masood and fight breast cancer.
Lyndsey decided to leave again in 2015, saying, “I had a fantastic time playing the wonderful Carol Jackson and while I will miss everything EastEnders related, I think now is the time for me to move on to something else”
Most recently, she appeared in the drama Sky Bulletproof and the ITV crime thriller The Bay.
Mia McKenna-Bruce – Penny Branning
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Jack seems to have forgotten about his eldest daughter, Penny, who only appeared briefly in early 2008.
It has been revealed that Penny is paralyzed from the waist down and has to use a wheelchair after a horrific attack by a drug dealer who wanted to target Jack.
Then it turned out that Jack was a corrupt cop taking payments for whistleblowers – and when he stopped complying, a criminal purposely drove his car into Penny.
Penny moved to France to live with her mother and then made a brief comeback, but was unable to attend her second marriage to Ronnie in 2016 due to a doctor’s appointment.
It was one of Mia McKenna-Bruce’s first TV roles – but she’s best known for playing Tee Taylor in Tracy Beaker’s spin-off The Dumping Ground.
Since then, the actress has appeared in the fantasy series Holby City, Vera and Netflix The Witcher.
Daisy Beaumont – Selina Branning
Do you remember Jack’s first wife?
Selina Branning was Penny’s mother, who left with her daughter to live in France.
She blamed Jack for their daughter’s life-changing injury and was visited by Ronnie Mitchell to talk about Jack not being allowed to see her.
Selina only appeared in eight episodes from January to February 2008, but during this time she managed to have sex with Jack in the club’s office.
After she left, she was mentioned several times when Jack revealed that she got engaged and then married a man named James.
Selina was played by Daisy Beaumont, who had previously played an EastEnders character named Helen Graham in 2000 who was interested in some of the apartments Ian Beale was building at the time.
Since then, she has appeared in Doctor Who, Doctors, Whitechapel and Hotel Babylon.
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