Joivan Wade joins Eastenders

Date - 11 January, 2016, All News Television
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Joivan Wade will be joining the cast of BBC One’s Eastenders as Jordan Johnson.

Viewers have already heard Jordan referenced in relation to a recent police arrest but will be seen returning to the Square in the coming weeks. Scenes to be shown in February will see Denise (Diane Parish) grow increasingly worried by further reports of Jordan’s bad behaviour. Having already made contract with the lad’s imprisoned dad – serial killer Lucas (actor Don Gilet will also be back again this spring) – Denise will become determined to track Jordan down.

Jordan originally left Walford to live with his aunt but returns an angry and damaged young man who will turn Denise and her family’s lives upside down. Said a show insider, “Denise can still see the good in her stepson but viewers will be left fearing that volatile Jordan takes very much after his father. As Denise makes inroads with Jordan, viewers will all fear that she’s putting herself, her family and the entire Square in danger”.

Speaking about his signing, Joivan said: “Coming into EastEnders is an absolute dream. Jordan is going through a very tough time and needs people in his corner but with a Dad like Lucas will he be able to trust anyone? It’s going to be brilliant to play him and I can’t wait to get started.”

Joivan has most recently been seen as fan favourite Rigsy in the current series of Doctor Who, and he joins fellow Sainou clients Davood Ghadami (Kush) and Paul Nicholas (Gavin) in Eastenders.


Joivan Wade trained at Brit School, and was a member of The National Youth Theatre.

He's co writer and star of the critically acclaimed online comedy series Mandem on The Wall, and is a series regular in two series of E4's Youngers.

He can also be seen in Big School for BBC One alongside David Walliams and Catherine Tate, and also features in BBC programmes, The Interceptor, Pompidou and the television pilot of Rudy's Rare Records. He starred as Rigsy in recent Series 8 of Doctor Who to massive critical acclaim and will return for Series 9. Joivan then joined the cast of Eastenders as Jordan Johnson.

On stage, Joivan starred in the stage adaptation of Rudy's Rare Records opposite Lenny Henry at Hackney Empire. He later performed in Mandem On The Wall Live at Hackney Empire, co-written by Percelle Ascott, Dee Kartier and himself.

Joivan is set to star in the 4th instalment of The Purge franchise, which is due to hit cinemas in July 2018.

Joivan is co represented with Atlas Artists in LA.

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