Following months of speculation surrounding the latest additions to the popular soap family, producers have confirmed that siblings Tyler and Anthony Moon will be joining Albert Square later this year - hot on the heels of their father Eddie, played by David Essex.
Youngest brother Tyler will be first to arrive in Walford when he turns up looking for his dad. Billed as a "bloke's bloke" who lives for the weekend, Tyler loves having a good time with his friends but often ends up in trouble, particularly when it comes to the ladies.
Anthony, who joins the Square shortly after Tyler, shares some personality traits with his brother - but viewers will soon see that while Tyler has a short fuse, Anthony is far more calm and collected in times of trouble.
Pictured (from left to right): Matt Lapinskas as Anthony, David Essex as Eddie, and Tony Discipline as Tyler.
A Walford source revealed: "Where Tyler is quick to use his fist to sort things out, Anthony will rely on his brains and natural wit to find a more sensitive solution to any conflict. The two new Moons are a couple of likely lads who are more than likely to cause a stir in Albert Square."
Speaking of his casting as Tyler, Discipline commented: "It's really exciting to be able to work on a show that you have grown up watching and have followed your whole life. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity and am looking forward to working on the show and becoming an East-Ender!"
Meanwhile, Lapinskas said of his new role as Anthony: "I'm absolutely over the moon! It's has been my lifetime ambition to be on EastEnders - I have watched it growing up with my nan, who is a big fan. I'm so pleased to get my first TV role, I just didn't believe it would be so big. I've met some of the cast I will be working with who were very friendly and welcoming and I can't wait to start filming."
EastEnders' executive producer Bryan Kirkwood added: "Both Tony and Matt are fabulous additions to the show. Headed up by David Essex, the Moon clan are on their way to becoming an established family in the Square."
Eddie's other son Michael, played by Steve John Shepherd, is already a familiar face to EastEnders fans as he joined the soap last year.
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