|Portrayed by||Bonnie Langford|
|Introduced by||Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2015)|
|First Appearance||26th May 2015|
|Address||29 Albert Square|
|Age||50 Years Old|
|Date of Birth||23 June 1966|
• Both Carmel's actor, Bonnie Langford, and Derek Branning's actor, Jamie Foreman, have had roles in "Doctor Who". While Foreman played a character in one episode, Langford starred as the Sixth and Seventh Doctors' companion, Mel Bush, from 1986 to 1987.
A flirty, feisty Essex girl with the heart of a lion… Carmel is an Essex girl through and through, but has worked hard to shake off her ditzy stereotype. She projects the image of a strong, independent woman, but underneath lies quite a sensitive and lonely person.
To her friends, Carmel is warm, kind and a good listener with a spiritual side - and is very much the life and soul of the party!
Family is everything to Carmel - after her relationship ended badly with Umar, her husband, she is determined to ensure her ‘little Kushy’ settles down with the right woman.
Carmel mentions on 1 September 2016 that when she was at a birthday party she kissed Danny Stewart.
Carmel comes for dinner with Shabnam after she becomes engaged to Kush. She gets on well with her father, Masood Ahmed, and they go for a drink together, where Masood tells Carmel that Shabnam had a secret daughter which she abandoned seven years ago. Carmel is understanding and offers her support to Shabnam, although it just makes Shabnam angry at Masood for revealing her secret.
After her son Kush had proposed to Shabnam she tries to take control by wanting to have an engagement party for them but Shabnam isn't having anything of it but then in the episode which aired 11th June Carmel gets Stacey to rally up the guys to practice a dance which her zumba teacher taught her but then Stacey ended up shows the boys (Kush, Martin and Fatboy) a dance that she does know.
Carmel comes for dinner with Shabnam after she becomes engaged to Kush. She gets on well with her father, Masood Ahmed, and they go for a drink together, where Masood tells Carmel that Shabnam had a secret daughter which she abandoned seven years ago. Carmel is understanding and offers her support to Shabnam, although it just makes Shabnam angry at Masood for revealing her secret. Carmel visits the Masoods frequently and Shabnam dislikes her heavy involvement with the wedding planning. She is delighted when Shabnam and Kush announce they are expecting. Carmel arrives at Shabnam and Kush's flat, upset as Kush's father is selling her house. Shabnam begrudgingly allows her to move in temporarily, but later catches Carmel and Masood in bed together. After Kush learns that his baby is stillborn, his father contacts Carmel and allows her to move back in to her house. Before returning to Essex, she and Masood help Kush and Shabnam reconcile for their stillborn son, Zaair's, funeral.
In September 2017, Max Branning is requested by the Willmott-Brown family (who are currently orchestating a plan to demolish the Square and replace it with luxury tower blocks) to begin a relationship with Carmel, as she is a member of the planning department
In November 2017, Masood Ahmed returns to Walford to break the news to Carmel that he will not be renewing her tenancy at 41 Albert Square, to allow his aunt and uncle Mariam and Arshad Ahmed to move in the following year.
In December 2017, Carmel finds an engagement ring which Max had dropped on the sofa the day before. When Max comes later, obviously to retrieve it, she puts it back and smiles, Max not knowing she had seen it. Later that day, in the Queen Victoria, Max kisses Sophie in front of almost the entire Square, including Carmel and his own family. The remainder of the Willmott-Brown family enter, and reveal to everyone that Weyland&Co own Grafton Hill, and as a result the pub, much to Kathy Beale's horror. Carmel rushes home, and cries in the mirror. Kush comes home, and is shocked as Carmel complains about make-up and her tear-stained face. She tells him what has happened, and he enters the pub and punches Max Branning.