Welcome to The Willmott Browns, a website supporting the wonderful and talented actors William Boyde (James Willmott Brown), Eddie Eyre (Josh Hemmings), Lisa Faulkner (Fi Browning)and Adam Astill (Luke Browning), that are most known for playing the Willmott Brown family in the British TV Soap Eastenders. The Website aims to support these amazing people in every way possible and will provide you with the most up to date news, projects and images on their careers and appearances. Follow us on Twitter @willmottbrowns. Many thanks, Sarz.

It’s good to be Mr Evil!

William Boyde loved returning to EastEnders as posh villain James Willmott-Brown, even though viewers shout at him in the street.

It’s known as a ‘duff-duff’. That big moment at the end of EastEnders, the cliff-hanger where you get that theatrical drum beat – duff! duff! – and the credits roll. I got a few epic duff-duffs when I returned to the show after 26 years.

The first was when the audience are staggered to discover three of the characters are my children and that a shifty ne’er-do-well, Max Branning, is working for me. I suddenly walk into the room, looking suitably evil, and say, ‘Isn’t this lovely? All my children back together!’
And the credits roll… duff! duff!

The tweets the following morning were hysterical. One said, ‘Blimey, he hasn’t aged well.’ Another said, ‘Looks like his face has melted.’

Producers sometimes bring back old characters to create a news story and a ratings lift. I’d originally got the job playing the villainous brewery under-manager James Willmott-Brown in 1986. I was at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, doing The Mask Of Moriarty and spending most of my money on Guinness and Bushmills whiskey. My agent said EastEnders wanted someone with a posh accent to play a character with a double-barrelled name for one episode, the only toff on the square. And that turned into a contract for six months, and then three years. Willmott-Brown ended up in jail after inviting Kathy Beale, the barmaid in the Queen Vic, up to his room and raping her.

I was out of the programme – and I soon discovered some of its viewing audience found it hard to distinguish between fact and fiction. I was pushing my brand-new son in a little buggy across Clapham Common when an elderly woman, walking towards me with a dog in a wicker basket on wheels, shouted, ‘You raped Kathy! She’s a nice girl, she is! Look everybody – it’s that rapist that raped Kathy!’ I gently reminded her it was a television programme.

In one episode, Dirty Den got the mob to torch my boozer. The next day, I came back to my flat to find someone had lit a bonfire under my car, which I managed to put out.
A taxi driver told me he’d once picked up three guys who wanted to go to Albert Square and have a drink at the Dagmar, the bar my character ran in the show.

He said, ‘It’s not real. It’s a TV programme!’

They insisted; so he dropped them off at one of London’s two Albert Squares and they went off looking for the fictitious pub.

I was called back to EastEnders briefly in 1992. Wilmott-Brown was out of jail but still obsessed with Kathy Beale. He ended up in the bathroom popping pills – another duff-duff!
I got a few parts on the strength of playing a high-profile posh bounder. I toured in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, as the smooth, smarmy, horrible character Jack Favell, played in the movie by George Sanders, the ultimate smooth-voiced cad.

I now do a lot of voiceovers: radio and TV commercials, corporate videos, spoken books and documentary commentaries. I work three days a week as a workshop technician splicing ropes, swaging cables and building tree platforms for an assault course company. And I make English longbows – I’m a bowyer, a fletcher and stringfellow.

Last autumn, EastEnders called again. The producer had planned a Jacobean tragedy where I’d come to a sticky end. They needed to keep my return a secret so that no one could spill the beans and leak it to the press. My parts in the scripts were for a ‘Mr Echo’; also the name on my dressing-room door.
Soaps are hard work. It’s tougher learning lines when you’re older. I’ve got the greatest respect for soap actors, particularly Gillian Taylforth who plays Kathy – one of the best actresses I’ve ever worked with.

EastEnders is two hours of TV a week – a massive amount. You’re filming the day’s script and learning parts for up to two weeks ahead. It’s the TV equivalent of weekly repertory theatre, recalling that Anna Neagle line. When she dried, the prompter reminded her, and she said, ‘I know the line, dear. I just can’t remember what play we’re doing!’

I was back for two months, ending with two great duff-duffs. In one, I take a huge bunch of flowers to Kathy, and remind her I have liver cancer and that she’s been my secret obsession. For a moment, she looks like she’s about to kiss me. Instead, she grabs me downstairs and says, ‘I’m going to get the sharpest knife and cut it off and serve it you in a sandwich!’ – pretty ripe for pre-watershed! I stumble off and have a heart attack in my office.

In the second duff-duff, I’m in a hospital bed, tubes coming in at all angles, and my daughter rejects me, telling a nurse we’re not even related. I’m left dying in this hospital bed. duff! duff!
I’m not dead – so I could return. Not that you can’t come back even if you are dead – they just get another actor. In Dallas, Pam Ewing discovers the death of her husband, Bobby, was just a dream.
EastEnders might want me back some time. It’s an enormous amount of fun playing a really horrible person. I’d rather play the villain than have lines like ‘The element’s gone on the kettle!’

The Oldie magazine – March 2018 Issue

admin   July 10th, 2018   James Willmott Brown, William Boyde

I have added over 2700 screencaps of William as James Willmott-Brown in the TV Soap Eastenders during his 2017 comeback.

Click here to view the full size images

It’s not even been quite a month and I am missing this iconic family in Eastenders already however we will support all these actors in all their future endeavours in and out of acting.

admin   October 29th, 2017   Eastenders, James Willmott Brown, Willmott Brown

Found this lovely little article about William which has been added the press archive.

admin   October 7th, 2017   Eastenders, James Willmott Brown, William Boyde, Willmott Brown

admin   September 22nd, 2017   Eastenders, James Willmott Brown, Willmott Brown

Recent Projects: WILLIAM BOYDE

EASTENDERS as James Willmott-Brown
September – December 2017 BBC1

Recent Projects: EDDIE EYRE

THE ATHENA as Casper Conway
Currently filming 2018
THE COUNTRY WIFE as Harry Horner
Southwark Playhouse: 28 March-22 April 2018

EASTENDERS as Josh Hemmings
March 1017 –  February 2018 BBC1

Recent Projects: LISA FAULKNER

EASTENDERS as Fi Browning
April – December 2017 BBC1
Recipes from a family kitchen – 2017
Purchase a copy here

Recent Projects: ADAM ASTILL

BREXIT as Paul Connell
Kings Head theatre Oct-Nov 2018.

THREE ACTS as Angus McFadden
Movie completed 2017. No release date

KILL BEN LYK as Officer Hawkins
Movie in post production 2018. No release date

EASTENDERS as Luke Browning
May – December 2017 BBC1

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Site Name: The Willmott-Browns
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Established: December 2017

The Willmott-Browns is an unofficial website dedicated to the four actors that played the Willmott Brown family in Eastenders: William Boyde, Eddie Eyre, Lisa Faulkner & Adam Astill.

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