I remember watching the very first episode of @bbceastenders 3 decades ago, a time when we would rush home to watch the few Black characters on TV. I think it’s great that EastEnders has found a way to reflect modern day UK in a time when so many of us are finding ways to voice anti-racism.

Thanks to my team @Thirtypoundgentleman & @mellymellove for all their support, Kate, Deborah, Kirsten, Jon, Toby, Suzette, Tameka and all at EastEnders who made us feel so at home.

Big up to Bella for sitting for this piece that will be a permanent backdrop in future episodes for years to come.

?Ian Beales House, Bridge Street, Walford, East London, E20