Matthew Morrison and Ashley Byam arrive for EastEnders filming after being unveiled as new family
Matthew Morrison and Ashley Byam were seen on the set of EastEnders on Thursday for their first day of shooting for the soap.
The actors are part of a new family that arrives in Walford this summer when Mitch’s estranged brother, played by Roger Griffiths, shows up in Albert Square.
Playing the character of Felix, Matthew wore an open pink teddy zip hoodie over a T-shirt in a slightly darker shade.
Born to perform: Matthew Morrison (left) and Ashley Byam (right) were seen on the set of EastEnders for their first day of shooting for the soap on Thursday
He was wearing coral shorts and a backpack on his back.
The new cast member completed his look by shielding his eyes behind dark sunglasses and wearing a gold chain around his neck.
Ashley, who has been cast as Finlay, wore a pink sweater with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the front.
Arrival: EastEnders welcomes a new family this summer when Mitch’s estranged brother (played by Roger Griffiths, center) shows up in Albert Square
To keep it casual: Matthew played the character of Felix wearing an open pink teddy zip hoodie over a T-shirt in a slightly darker shade
Ready for action: he was wearing coral shorts and a backpack on his back when he arrived on set
For his trip to work, he opted for a khaki jacket and blue jeans.
The actor also wore sunglasses and carried headphones and his phone in his hands.
The pair were announced as members of the new EastEnders family earlier this week.
Musician and actor Omar Lye-Fook, MBE plays Avery Baker, Mitch’s charming older sibling, who will appear on the scene with his two sons.
Casual clobber: Ashley, who is cast as Finlay, wore a pink sweater with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the front
In style: he opted for a khaki jacket and blue jeans for his trip to work at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
Camera ready? The actor also wore sunglasses and carried headphones and his phone in his hands
Almost always about to cause trouble, Avery couldn’t be more different from his little brother and his arrival will immediately turn heads.
Avery is joined by his children, Felix and Finlay, who are played by Matthew Morrison (Felix) and Ashley Byam (Finlay).
The younger of the two brothers, bigger than life, Felix plunges into life in Albert Square, but with his quirky and candid honesty, he’s sure to stir up some drama along the way.
The older half-brother Finlay has a different biological father, but was raised by Avery shortly after birth.
Finlay has sailed through life with his sassy charm, but will wake up when he begins his life in Walford.
Coming soon: Almost always about to cause trouble, Avery (left) couldn’t be more different from his little brother (right) and his arrival will immediately turn heads
Despite being opposites, Felix and Finlay form a united front and are always behind each other.
Although Mitch loves his nephews dearly, we can honestly say that he has a complicated relationship with his brother after years of not speaking to him and that Avery’s unexpected arrival will cause problems for Mitch.
Mitch realizes there must be a reason why Avery suddenly comes back into his life and is determined to get to the bottom of what’s going on and find out what secret Avery is hiding…
Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, EastEnders said: ‘The Baker Family brings a fresh, fierce, fun and exciting energy to the Square.
Gang: Musician and actor Omar Lye-Fook, MBE plays Avery Baker, Mitch’s charming older sibling, who will appear on the scene with his two sons
Felix and Finlay are two very different firecrackers and yes, these brothers fall out, take the mick and challenge each other, but none of that compares to the unwavering love and loyalty they have for each other.
“They may be charming young men, full of boldness, swagger and strength, but these brothers are Bakers and, like their father, Avery, they have their own unique way of surviving.
“Omar, Matthew and Ashley are all bringing star quality to EastEnders and we are delighted to see them bring Avery, Felix and Finlay to life. The Baker family is just the start of some new faces landing in Walford later this year – so keep an eye out for this space…”
Mesmerizing: Although Mitch (stock photo) loves his cousins dearly, it’s fair to say he has a complicated relationship with his brother after not speaking to him for years
When he took on the role of Avery, Omar said: “I’ve been watching EastEnders since I was in school, so it’s such a surreal experience to be part of the show now.
“I’m having so much fun and it’s an honor to work with this incredible cast.”
Matthew Morrison, who will play Felix, added: “It’s an honor to be part of such a legendary show that I grew up watching.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, and I don’t think it ever will. I’ve got a ball to master Felix and can’t wait for you all to meet him!’
Ashley Byam, who will play Finlay, said: “I’m very excited to be joining the Square. Like many people, I grew up with EastEnders; it was almost an unspoken family tradition.
My mom and I sat there together and watched so many incredible and iconic storylines. So to now be part of this classic British TV drama is an honor, and I am truly grateful. I can’t wait for everyone to meet Finlay and see what’s in store for him.’
The actors have started filming and will be on screen for the first time this summer.
Over the moon: When he took on the part, Omar said, “I’ve been watching EastEnders since I was in school so it’s such a surreal experience to be a part of the show now (pictured in 2021)