|Portrayed by||Sheila White|
|First Appearance||28 June 1990|
|Last Appearance||1 November 1990|
|Address||Off The Square|
Carol Hanley made her first appearance on 28 June 1990. She is the biological mother of Sharon Mitchell. She was a minor character in EastEnders in 1990. She left on the 1st of November 1990. She died off-screen in January 2015.
Carol first appears in 1990 after she'd been tracked down by Sharon. Sharon's best friend Michelle Fowler visits Carol, who is heavily pregnant with her daughter; fathered by her husband Ron. Michelle speaks to them about contacting Sharon after years of absence. Sharon later visits Carol after her baby is born. Carol and Sharon get on well, but Carol is anxious about introducing Sharon to her two half-brothers; Kristopher and Jonathan. After Carol's confession that she only thinks of her as a good friend, Sharon realises there will never be a parental bond between them and stops seeing her.
Carol sends Sharon a letter in January 2015. After a few weeks of hesitation, Sharon decides to go to her house to visit her, accompanied by her friend Linda Carter, only to be greeted by Kristopher, who informs her that Carol has died and her funeral is taking place. Kristopher invites Sharon inside to the wake and she tells him that she was a friend of his mother. Sharon signs a condolence book for Carol and leaves.