Ava Hartman
Ava Hartman1
Portrayed by Clare Perkins
First Appearance 20th November 2012
Last Appearance 17th December 2013
Occupation Teacher
HusbandSam James (divorced)
SonsDexter Hartman
MotherCora Cross
StepfatherWilliam Cross
Half-SistersTanya Branning
Rainie Cross
NephewsOscar Branning
NiecesLauren Branning
Abi Branning
Great-nephewsLouie Beale
Great-niecesAbi Branning Jnr
Ava Hartman never asked questions about her biological mum or dad growing up. She had a happy family now and that was all she needed to know.

Likewise, Cora didn't breathe a word of the baby she'd given birth to. She was too young and too afraid to bring her up in the unenlightened sixties. That was until her secret became too much to bear, and Patrick got wind of it. Tanya soon joined the dots to discover that she had a secret sister. Cue Tanya taking an investigative path that her mum was not best pleased about...

Ava's shrewd, determined, and strong. She can seem hard, but she's got a good heart. Like Cora. When she noticed Bianca going through a very familiar set of problems with Liam and his new "friends" she did everything she could to help... much to the reluctance of son Dexter. While she had good intentions, her involvement led to her home getting trashed, having to move and being branded a snitch... which is not the label you want on an estate like hers. It seemed she had no choice but to rely on the kindness of the family and friends she had kept herself distant from for so long. While Ava likes to keep her new found family at a safe distance, her son Dexter enjoys his extra relatives, and has bonded with Cora to an extent that makes Ava feel uncomfortable. She's happy living a quiet life, and has a feeling that the further she gets to know her new family, the more she will become embroiled in their various issues!

But with her ex hubby, Sam, arriving on her doorstep just as she was about to give Billy Mitchell a waltz in the dating world, we're not sure how attainable that 'quiet life' will be for much longer. Having left her and Dexter when he was just a baby, Ava's had some stern words with her ex... but it seems that Sam's charm hadn't waned in all of those years. Sam quickly won Ava back round and ended up back in her bed... but son Dexter was another story; he couldn't wait to get shot of his old man! However, realising that his bad feelings about his dad would put a spanner in the works of his mum's potential happiness, Dexter reluctantly let Sam back into the fold.

Since Sam’s return though, things have taken a turn for the worst. Suffering from diabetes, Sam collapsed on the pavement, and it was revealed that he needed a kidney transplant. Hoping to be a match, and able to donate her kidney, Ava remained hopeful that she could save Sam. Just before a heated meeting with Sharon at the school though, the bad news arrived that she was not. Looking like all hope had been lost, Dexter was found to be a match. Much to Ava's discomfort, and not wanting her baby to donate his kidney, she attempted to dissuade Dexter from going through with it. But as Sam’s condition quickly deteriorated, they were all left with little choice but to allow Dexter to be a donor. But Ava’s fears and concerns soon came true, as Dexter lost consciousness after completing the operation. But luckily for all, Dexter pulled through!

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