James Willmott-Brown
James Willmott-Brown (2017)
Portrayed by William Boyde
First Appearance 20th March 1986
Last Appearance 28th December 2017
Cause/Reason Complications after a heart attack
Duration 1986-1989, 1992, 2017
Status Deceased (assumed)

Julia Smith (1986) Leonard Lewis (1992)

John Yorke (2017)

Date of Birth 1951
Occupation Owner of the Dagmar Wine Bar 1987 - 1988
Chief Executive Officer of Weyland & Co ???? - 2017
WifeElizabeth Willmott-Brown
SonsLuke Willmott-Brown
Josh Hemmings
DaughtersSophie Willmott-Brown
FatherDenis Willmott-Brown
BrothersHugo Browning (In-Law)
James Willmott-Brown was first seen 20 March 1986, portrayed by William Boyde.

Back Story

Ex-army officer Wilmott-Brown's arrival in Albert Square caused a few curtain twitches. Nobody likes a toff in Walford, so it was inevitable that this posh-talking public schoolboy would turn out to be a psychotic beast.


His brief affair with Debs didn't rock his boat, so the smooth-talking ladies' man tricked unsuspecting Kathy into a compromising position, and raped her in July 1988. He was imprisoned in April 1989 for the offence. Kathy tricked him into allowing him to bribe her while a policeman was waiting, and recording the conversation, and who heard him confess to the rape.

He was released in January 1992 and returned to Walford. Despite his protestations of innocence, it turned out that he had form for the same offence – and when he came crawling back, asking her to start again, he was given short shrift and the mob ran him out of Albert Square. Willmott-Brown was later imprisoned as Phil Mitchell tracked his wife down in April 1994 and she said he was in prison again for raping another woman.

He returned on the 22nd September 2017 and is revealed to be Fi Browning, Luke Browning and Josh Hemmings's father.

In December 2017, the entirety of the Willmot-Brown family enter the Queen Victoria, and reveal to everyone that Weyland&Co own Grafton Hill, and as a result the pub, much to Kathy's horror. They serve the Carters with an eviction notice for the Queen Victoria pub.

After this, Max proposes to Sophie. He only holds the box out, and James (Sophie's father), tells him to get down on one knee and ask properly. He asks properly, but doesn't get on a knee. She starts shaking her head and stutters Max's name. James starts laughing, and Max asks him what is going on. James tells him he has been useful, but all good things come to an end. He shows him a cheque for 350,000 pounds payable to Max, and throws it in the fireplace. The Willmott-Brown family are thrown out of the pub by the Carters.

2 days later, James is seen instructing Weyland&Co employees to persuade people in the area to sell their homes and businesses, as members of the Square look on.

The following day, Mick calls James in for a word in the Queen Victoria. The Carters tell him they want the money they paid Weyland&Co back. Johnny tells him he won't have a leg to stand on if it goes to court. James tells him his legal team have been working overtime to figure out why some of the signatures on the Weyland&Co documents differ, and says it suggests forgery.

On the episode dated 28th December 2017, earlier in the episode he was seen telling Fi, his daughter, that he keeps some documents in his safe that could have the potential to bring Weland&Co down. Fi then brings up Kathy's rape and she says she believes Kathy's story and James reacts really badly and he has her escorted of the premises and shouts to take away her security access. He then goes to Kathy's shop and they talk about what happened and that he was was wrongly imprisioned in April 1989. He tries to kiss her but she rejects him and grabs him and threatens him saying if she ever saw him again she would find the sharpest knife and serve it to him in a sandwich after which he leaves her alone

. Previous to his return at the office, Fi enters the office and breaks into his safe stealing the crucial documents and handing them into the police. James returns to the office and pours himself some whisky and then he notices his desk has been trashed and he sees his safe open and realizes the crucial documents are missing and the police are attempting to break into his office he tried to shred the rest of his documents and then he suffers a heart attack just as the police enter the room.

Sophie later forces Hugo Browning into signing the deeds of all the Walford properties over to her, therefore ending Weyland & Co.


See also

James Willmott-Brown - list of appearances

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Helen | Jo | Marie Evans | Sarah | Shrimp | Tracey | Winston 
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Characters (Selected)
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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