Matthew Rose
Matthew Rose
Portrayed by Joe Absolom
First Appearance 26th August 1997
Last Appearance 3rd February 2000
Address Albert Square
Occupation Disc jockey
FatherMichael Rose
MotherSusan Rose
UnclesColin Rose
Matthew Rose was a character in EastEnders from Episode 1494 (26th August 1997) to Episode 1901 (3rd February 2000. He was the son of market inspector Michael Rose. In February 1999, he witnessed his employer Steve Owen kill his girlfriend Saskia Duncan. Steve tried to frame Matthew. In February 2000, Matthew got revenge on Steve and got £10'000 out of him. He has not been seen in Walford since. Matthew was played by Joe Absolom.



Matthew Rose was born on the 8 January 1981 to Michael Rose and Susan Rose.


Matthew Rose arrived in Albert Square in August 1997 as his father Michael was the local market inspector. Matthew briefly dated Sarah Hills. In 1998 he almost got involved in drugs while on a trip to The Norfolk Broads with Teresa Di Marco, Tony Hills and Robbie Jackson. In December 1998, a man bought the nightlcub on Turpin Road. This man was Steve Owen. Steve employed Matthew as a DJ. Steve's demented ex girlfriend Saskia Duncan turned up and began stalking him. In February 1999 Matthew witnessed a fight between Steve and Saskia where she tried to strangle him. He hit her over the head with an ashtray and killed her. Steve coaxed Matthew into helping dispose of the body in Epping Forest. Matthew started having nightmares and could not contain his grief. Steve pressured him into keeping quiet after Matthew wanted to go to the police. Steve even threatened to kill Matthew if he started blabbing. Matthew did confess to Teresa Di Marco, his then girlfriend. Saskia's body was discovered and Matthew stole Steve's bank card and him and Teresa went to Nottingham. They are chased by Steve and Teresa's brother Gianni Di Marco. Both were arrested and Steve said Matthew killed Saskia.

Matthew was truly framed. He was beaten up in prison but his cellmate got some heavies to rough Steve up a bit. Matthew was left a snivelling wreck. At the trial Steve was acquitted of murder and manslaughter and Matthew was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. Later one he was released when Steve's fingerprints were found on the ashtray. Everyone knew Steve stitched Matthew up and he was met with disdain from Phil Mitchell and Mark Fowler. Matthew's time in jail bought on a harder edge to him. He became much more savvy.

On New Years Eve 1999, Matthew had toughened up a lot and vowed revenge on Steve. He spray painted his house, blocked his nightlcub toilets and began stalking him. Steve hired a detective. Matthew hid the bullets of Steve's gun and turned up on the 1st February 2000 carrying a petrol can. Matthew demanded £10'000 and later held him captive and said revenge was about power. He then said he would burn them both in a fire and that he had killed Saskia's sister Claudia and framed Steve for it. Steve was left whimpering. Matthew then said it was all a bluff. The boobie trapped lightbulbs, Claudia and the petrol which was just water. Matthew had videoed all this on ther CCTV and took the tape. He told Steve he had taken the power back. He thanked Teresa for sticking by him and told her to be happy. He said he was leaving the area for good as he could not stay, not after the Saskia thing and having to live near Steve. He took the £10'000. He then walked out into the night.

Matthew has not been seen in Walford since and his whereabouts from then on were unknown. However he did find out about Steve's death in a car crash in 2002 and sent flowers saying "Rot in hell".

In February 2018, 18 years since Matthew left Walford, he was mentioned when Melanie told her son Hunter Owen how his dad Steve stitched Matthew up.

Character creation and development

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Matthew Rose - List of appearances

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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