Violet is straight-talking and has no qualms about putting people in their place, and is set to arrive in Albert Square in the run up to Ben (Max Bowden) and Callum’s wedding.
With her hard façade and quick wit, Violet is guaranteed to make someone even as tough as Ben Mitchell squirm!
Vi hasn’t spent a great deal of time with Callum and Stuart in the past, but has a big heart, so maybe her grandson’s may need her more than they initially realise?
Speaking about her arrival to Albert Square, Gwen said: ‘I remember when the first episodes of EastEnders launched and I was desperate to be in it, now after all these years, here I am playing a wonderful character. It’s fantastic and the cast are great, everybody has treated me so well and I feel extremely welcome.’
Executive Producer, Jon Sen, added: ‘Having Gwen join the show is an honour, she’s the perfect actress to play the multi-faceted Violet Highway, a grandmother not to be messed with.
Stuart and Callum are sure to find this out the hard way when she arrives in Walford for Callum’s big day and they’ll no doubt be wanting her visit to be fleeting but Violet definitely has other ideas. We welcome Gwen to Walford and look forward to the audience watching her make her mark.’
Gwen is known for many television and theatre shows. She has appeared in Duty Free as Amy Pearce, Rita Simcock in the series A Bit of a Do, and has had numerous roles on The Tracy Ullman Show, Casualty, Coronation Street, Doc Martin and Midsomer Murders.
Gwen’s first scenes as Violet Highway will air later this spring.
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