Gwen Taylor joins the show as Violet Highway

EastEnders has announced that Gwen Taylor will step into the soap as Callum and Stuart’s grandmother, Violet Highway.

Violet is Stuart and Callum’s no-nonsense grandmother who has no qualms about putting people in her place.

She will arrive in Walford ahead of Ben and Callum’s wedding. With her tough facade and quick mind, she’s safe enough to make someone as tough as Ben Mitchell.


Callum and Stuart’s grandmother arrives in Walford (Image Credit: BBC)

She hasn’t spent much time with her two grandchildren in the past. But a big heart is buried (very deep) so maybe they will realize they need it more than they realize.

What did Gwen Taylor say about joining EastEnders?

Commenting on joining EastEnders, Gwen said, “I remember when the first episodes of EastEnders came out and I really wanted to be there. After all these years, I play a wonderful character here.

“It’s fantastic and the cast is great, everyone treated me so well and I feel very welcome.”


Violet didn’t spend much time with her grandchildren (Credit: BBC)

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Executive Producer Jon Sen added, “It’s an honor to have Gwen on the show. She’s the perfect actress to play the multi-faceted Violet Highway, a grandmother not to mess with.

“Stuart and Callum are sure to find out the hard way when she arrives at Walford for Callum’s big day, and they’ll no doubt want their visit to be fleeting, but Violet definitely has other ideas.

“We welcome Gwen to Walford and we look forward to the audience watching her make a name for herself.”

What else was Gwen in?

Gwen is known for her many television and theater roles.

She played Amy Pearce in Duty Free. From 1995 to 2003 she also played Barbara Liversidge in the TV series Barbara.


Gwen is best known for her role on Duty Free (Credit: BBC)

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Gwen played Rita Simcock in A Bit of a Do in 1989.

She also had numerous roles on the Tracy Ullman Show, Coronation Street, Casualty, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Table 12, Fat Friends, and Born and Bred.

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8:05 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:35 p.m. and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on BBC One.

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