Michelle Fowler
Michelle Fowler (2017)
©BBC/Kieron McCarron
Portrayed by Susan Tully (1985-95)
Jenna Russell (2016-)
Introduced by Julia Smith (1985)
Sean O'Connor (2016)
Gender Female Female
First Appearance 19th February 1985
Duration 1985-95, 2016-
Address 45 Albert Square
Florida, United States
55 Victoria Road (2016-)
Status Alive
Age 48 Years Old
Date of Birth 30 July 1969
Occupation Researcher
Classification present; regular
HusbandLofty Holloway (1986–1988)
Timothy Andrews (off screen)
RomancesPreston Cooper
SonsMark Fowler Jnr
DaughtersVicki Fowler
FatherArthur Fowler
MotherPauline Fowler
BrothersMark Fowler
Martin Fowler
GrandfathersAlbert Beale
GrandmothersLou Beale
Great-grandfathersKenneth Beale
Mr Medeemey
Great-grandmothersMrs Medeemey
UnclesHarry Beale
Ronnie Beale
Kenny Beale
Pete Beale
AuntsMaggie Flaherty
Dora Beale
NiecesRebecca Fowler
First cousinsConor Flaherty
Eamonn Flaherty
Tommy Flaherty
John Flaherty
Elizabeth Beale
David Wicks
Ian Beale
Other relativesBianca Butcher
Liam Butcher
Tiffany Butcher
Morgan Butcher
Whitney Dean (adoptive)
Karen Wicks
Joe Wicks
Peter Beale
Lucy Beale
Bobby Beale
Sarah Jane Smith (non-biological)
Michelle Fowler was initially played by Susan Tully from the show's inception in 1985 for ten years. The character is the daughter of Pauline and Arthur Fowler, sister to Mark Fowler and mother to Vicki Fowler & Mark Fowler Jnr. She fell pregnant when she was 16 and the father was Den Watts who was the adoptive father of her best friend Sharon Watts.

After an absence spanning twenty one years, it was announced in December that Michelle was making a return to Albert Square, now played by newcomer Jenna Russell.



Michelle Fowler and her friend Rachel took Martin Fowler and Vicki Fowler to the seaside for paddling, to visit the pier, for ice cream and to build sandcastles. When it was time to go home Michelle asked if they wanted to stay another day and she'd secretly booked a caravan. Martin and Vicki slept in bunk beds are Martin told Michelle that he wished she was his mum.


Moody teen Michelle was tough, feisty, and full of attitude. With her feminine influence coming from two of Walford's mightiest matriarchs - grandma Lou and mum Pauline Fowler -it's no surprise that she was hard as nails. At 16 she fell pregnant after a steamy one-night stand with pub landlord (and best friend Sharon's dad) Den Watts. She refused to have an abortion, keeping schtum about the identity of the father... though it didn't take long for her meddling mother to work it out...

Walford doesn't really do fairy tales, but 'Chelle was rescued by a knight in shining armour of a kind – Lofty Holloway. A chivalrous soul, he wanted to take care of 'Chelle and baby Vicki. She jilted Lofty at the altar, then changed her mind and married him on the quiet. But she soon realised that there was more to life than playing happy families with an unemployable asthmatic whose idea of fun was splashing out on a family railcard. Pregnant Michelle aborted Lofty's baby, with the sponsorship of one Den Watts, and left him for good.

Den's untimely (first) death hit poor Michelle badly and her secrets began to seep out. Sharon soon discovered that Vicki was, in fact, her sister and that her best friend had been sleeping with her dad! Strangely, Michelle thought that this would provide comfort to grieving Sharon. Hmm... think again 'Chelle.

After a one-night-stand with Grant, Michelle left Albert Square in 1995 for a new life in America, bearing his love child. She now lives in Florida with second husband, daughter Vicki and son Mark Jnr.

She had a relationship with her lecturer when she went to university.

Since she emigrated in October 1995, Michelle has never returned to Walford, not even for her dad's funeral in 1996 or her mum's funeral in 2007. She still keeps in touch with Ian and Sharon.

She appeared between 1985 and 1995.


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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

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