Eastenders have unveiled the trio of newcomers set to star in the third series of award winning online spin-off E20. The BBC1 soap's spin-off which airs online on the BBC website and on digital channel BBC Three will return in September for 15 10-minute episodes starring the new characters as well as two Series 2 characters who will return.
Donnie, Ava and Faith will star in the new series played by Sophie Colquhoun, Samuell Benta and Modupe Adeyeye respectively. Donnie and Ava will arrive in Albert Square as runaways when their bus crashes whilst it's not long before they bump into troublesome Faith, the sister of Series 1 character and soon to depart from the real show, Mercy Olubunmi (Bunni Mojekwu).
Faith has been kicked out of her home by her holy grandmother Grace Olubunmi (Ellen Thomas) after she catches her granddaughter sleeping with a boy in her bedroom. The trio hit it off and soon form a collective gang as they search for a place for them all to stay in. However, in true dramatic style, the youngsters are soon in trouble with the law.
The third series comes on the back 0f the spin-off's success at the Webby Awards where it picked up a gong for 'Best Online Drama'. Speaking of the new characters, executive producer for Eastenders, Bryan Kirkwood commented: ''The cast of E20 series three are fantastic - vibrant, exciting and talented newcomers who are set to make the next series of E20 the best yet."
E20 producer Deborah Sathe added: "Following our international award success, I am very excited to be filming our third series of E20. We have a brilliant new cast, some cracking storylines and our new E20 gang really give Walford a run for their money. E20 has come a long way since it started and I am excited about the audience watching series three!"
Other characters set to appear in the soap include Donnie's little sister Riley set to be played by new actress Eliza Newman, careworker Richard who will be played by Sam Phillips as well as two characters from Series Two who will be returning, namely Naz and Sol, played by Emaa Hussen and Tosin Cole respectively. More importantly, the new series has been written by cast from the main show including Series One actress who also appeared in the main show, Emer Kenny (Zsa Zsa Carter) and current cast members Cheryl Fergison (Heather Trott), Charlie G. Hawkins (Darren Miller), Himesh Patel (Tamwar Masood) and former cast member Arinze Kene (Connor Stanley).
BBC Learning have helped to develop the third series and it is set to tackle real-life issues such as bullying, family breakdown and teen sex adressing issues in the PSHE curriculum. You can see the new series when it airs both online and on BBC Three in September.