Michael Moon is set to discover that he has a brother with Down's Syndrome in a forthcoming plot on BBC1 soap Eastenders. The twisted villain will meet his long-lost brother Craig after his father Eddie Moon (David Essex) takes him to meet the brother he never knew he had.
According to The People, Michael, played by Steve John Shepherd is shocked after Eddie who he has a frosty relationship with reveals that he has a brother called Craig who suffers from Down's Syndrome. 32-year-old actor Elliot Rosen has been cast as Craig and whispers suggest that the actor has already started filming scenes for the show.
Bosses at Elstree have worked closely with the Down's Syndrome Association whilst devising the new plot for the Moon family who have been gradually introduced to viewers throughout the year. A source for the show told the paper: ''It is something they are very proud of. They are determined to continue to raise issues like this."
Praising the show's decision to introduce a character with Down's Syndrome, a spokesperson for the Down's Syndrome Association said: ''Presenting people with Down's Syndrome living successful lives is always positive." Craig is the second character with Down's Syndrome to be featured on Eastenders after Billy Mitchell's (Perry Fenwick's) daughter Janet Mitchell who was part of a plot a few years ago which saw her parents struggle to cope with a child who suffers from Down's Syndrome after she was born.