James Bond icon makes promise to EastEnders fans as he joins new family

Acting legend and James Bond icon, Colin Salmon, has teased fans with what’s ahead following the news he’s joining EastEnders.

Colin – known for his roles in the James Bond films, Doctor Who and Silent Witness – will play George Knights, partner to Elaine Peacock (Harriet Thorpe) – who is Linda’s (Kellie Bright) mother.

George is a tough-talking and fiercely protective dad who dotes on his two daughters – Gina (Francesca Henry) and Anna (Molly Rainford).

‘I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of EastEnders to take on the role of George Knight,’ said the Bad Girls star. ‘I’m excited to explore the character of George, a true East End gentleman having been born in the East End myself.  

‘I have a great affinity and love for the show, and I look forward to being part of the great legacy.’

After the news was revealed, Colin took to Twitter and made a promise to EastEnders fans, telling them that ‘trust me, this is an ultra-modern family and we’ve got this’.

‘This was an extraordinarily well-kept secret. Meet the Knights, George knows a wise man and surrounds himself with strong women’, he also wrote.

This was an extraordinarily well kept secret. Meet the Knights George knows a wise man surrounds himself with strong women. @bbceastenders trust me this is an ultra modern family and we’ve got this. #ComingHome pic.twitter.com/Lo5tnQC6pF

‘The arrival of the Knights brings a new dawn to Albert Square,’ enthused soap boss Chris Clenshaw. ‘George Knight is a charming rogue and an old-school gent who dotes on his two daughters, Gina and Anna. George will take up residence in The Queen Vic when he joins his beloved Elaine, a powerhouse of a land-lady who knows just how to have fun.

‘The couple will be joined by feisty, determined and demanding Gina, who is as sharp and cool as cut diamonds but with a temper that blazes like fire, whereas younger sister, Anna is fun, loveable, and big-hearted, but don’t underestimate her.

‘George, Gina and Anna have been bound together for years and arriving in Walford is the fresh-start the Knights are looking for.

‘We’re thrilled to welcome this hugely talented group of actors; Colin Salmon, Harriet Thorpe, Francesca Henry and Molly Rainford who will be immediately thrown into the heart of the Square, and we can’t wait for everyone to meet them.’

The Knights will make their on-screen debut in early summer.

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