• EastEnders casts new matriarch played by Ellen Thomas

    EastEnders is set to welcome a new character on the soap. Actress Ellen Thomas, who has starred on the BBC show before, will play "steely" matriarch Claudette. While little is known of her character, viewers do know that Claudette has various ties with the other London residents on Albert Square. The new arrival, who is said to be hiding some "twisted secrets", has also been tipped to stir up trouble with her "tough-talking" nature. "This is one of the most formidable and complete characters I've ever played," said actress Ellen, who is best known for her recurring role in