April Branning
April Branning
Portrayed by Debbie Arnold
Introduced by Corinne Hollingworth
Gender Female Female
First Appearance 28th December 1995
Last Appearance 24th October 1996
Duration 1995–96
Age 57
Date of Birth 1 April 1961
Occupation Timeshare seller/Waitress
Classification Former; regular
HusbandNikos (1996-)
FatherJim Branning
MotherReenie Branning
StepmotherDot Branning (2000-)
BrothersDerek Branning
Max Branning
Jack Branning
SistersCarol Jackson
Suzy Branning
NephewsRobbie Jackson
Billie Jackson
Joey Branning
Bradley Branning
Oscar Branning
Richard Branning
James Branning
NiecesBianca Butcher
Sonia Fowler
Alice Branning
Lauren Branning
Abi Branning
Penny Branning
Amy Mitchell
Great-nephewsLiam Butcher
Morgan Butcher
Sami Jackson
Louie Beale
Great-niecesNatasha Butcher
Tiffany Butcher
Bex Fowler
Abi Branning Jnr
April Branning is the daughter of Jim and Reenie Branning, and the sister of Carol, Suzy, Derek, Max and Jack. April was played by Debbie Arnold. She was mentioned 20 April 2015 by Carol Jackson when Max Branning ask why she brought so much food and wine for Jim Branning's funeral, Carol replying "If April turns up with her lot". 


April arrives in Albert Square in December 1995 to invite Carol and her boyfriend Alan Jackson to her wedding. April had been living and working in Greece for eight years selling time-share apartments, where she met and got engaged to a native named Nikos. Carol initially refuses the invitation as she knows that her black boyfriend will not be well received by her racist father, Jim Branning. However, Alan decides that he wants to go so April enlists her niece Sonia Jackson as bridesmaid.

The ceremony is due to take place in April 1996 but just at the last minute the groom's best man turns up with the news that Nikos has fled back to Greece, leaving April distraught and humiliated. The day isn't a complete waste though as Alan and Carol get married in their place.

April returns to Walford in July to visit her sister, and after meeting the market inspector Michael Rose, to whom she is attracted to, she decides to stay. She gets herself a job working in Kathy Beale's café, where she is witness to her brother-in-law's flirtations with the vindictive Frankie Pierre. When it becomes obvious that Frankie is involved with Alan, April informs Carol, which eventually leads to the end of Alan and Carol's relationship.

April and Michael's relationship continues over the next few months and eventually Michael falls in love and begs April to move in with him. April is unsure whether she wants to take such a big step, and while she is considering what to do, her ex, Nikos, shows up and tries to worm his way back into her affections. He demands to marry her and despite the fact that he had previously jilted her at the altar, April decides to give him another chance. She leaves Walford with him and manages to get him down the aisle, leaving Michael to marshal his stalls and mull over what might have been.

April's last appearance is in October 1996. Eleven years later it is revealed that April is still living in Greece, and is unable to attend her nephew Bradley Branning's wedding to Stacey Slater.


Abi Branning | Amy Mitchell | | Ben Mitchell | Bex Fowler | Billy Mitchell | Carmel Kazemi | | Denise Fox | Dennis Rickman Jnr | Donna Yates | Dot Branning | Ian Beale | Jack Branning | Jane Beale | Janet Mitchell | Jay Mitchell | Jill Marsden | Kathy Beale | Khoroush Kazemi (Kush) | Kim Fox-Hubbard | Lady Di | Lily Branning | Linda Carter | Louise Mitchell | Martin Fowler | Matthew Mitchell-Cotton | Mick Carter | Patrick Trueman | Pearl Fox | Phil Mitchell | Ollie Carter | Ritchie Scott | Sharon Mitchell | Shirley Carter | Sonia Jackson | Stacey Branning |Tina Carter | Vincent Hubbard | Whitney Dean  | Johnny Carter | Honey Mitchell | Max Branning | Steven Beale | Lauren Branning
Helen | Jo | Marie Evans | Sarah | Shrimp | Tracey | Winston 
Characters (Selected)
Peggy Mitchell | Kat Moon | Alfie Moon | Sean Slater | Ryan Malloy | Jean Slater | Charlie Slater | Danny Pennant | Zainab Khan | Andrew Cotton | Yvonne Cotton | Glenda Mitchell | Carol Jackson | Charlie Cotton | Cindy Williams Jnr | Liam Butcher | Lola Pearce | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Shabnam Kazemi | Cora Cross | Lee Carter | Babe Smith | Pam Coker | Les Coker | Claudette Hubbard | Preston Cooper
Characters (Selected)
Pat Evans | Stan Carter | Archie Mitchell | Nana Moon | Lou Beale | Tiffany Mitchell | Lucy Beale | Nick Cotton | Carl White | Bradley Branning | Pauline Fowler | Arthur Chubb (Fatboy) | Ronnie Mitchell  | Roxy Mitchell   | Sylvie Carter  | Paul Coker
Actors Danny Dyer | Shane Richie | Adam Woodyatt | Steve McFadden | Mike Reid | Thomas Law | Neil McDermott | Charlie Clements | John Bardon | John Altman | Peter Dean | Perry Fenwick
Actresses Barbara Windsor | Laurie Brett | Lacey Turner | Anita Dobson | Jacqueline Jossa | Rita Simons | Samantha Womack | Tameka Empson | Wendy Richard | Anna Karen