|Portrayed by||Brian Croucher|
|First Appearance||24 August 1995|
|Last Appearance||12 August 1997|
|Occupation||Store owner (Hills' Hardware)|
Edward "Ted" Hills was a character in EastEnders from Episode 1175 (24th August 1995) to 1997. He was the older brother of Kathy Mitchell. Ted had a bit of a history and was hated by Pauline Fowler for framing her brother Pete Beale in 1965. Ted was played by actor Brian Croucher.
Ted was born in about 1945 in Walford to a destitute East End family who lived in a tenement block. He had 3 siblings, one of them was Kathy. His father Dennis was an alcoholic. In the 1960s Ted used to hang around with Gavin Sullivan, Henry Hubbard, Den Watts and Eric Mitchell. Even though Ted knew Eric, his sister Kathy never met Eric, who would one day become Kathy's late father in law. In 1966, Ted once tried to frame his sister Kathy's then boyfriend Pete Beale for robbery. Den Watts banished Ted from Walford when the truth emerged with threats to kill him if he ever returned. Ted later married Irene Carter and they had a son Tony Hills in the 1970s and a daughter Sarah Hills in 1980.
After 30 years away, Ted returns to Walford in 1995 with his children after hearing of Dennis Watts and Pete Beale's deaths. As they are dead, he is safe to return to the area. His return is not welcomed by Pete's sister, Pauline Fowler, who still blames him for almost ruining her brother's life. Baker, the father of the boy Jimmy killed, follows Ted to Walford and makes threats towards his family. Kathy's husband Phil Mitchell intervenes and informs Baker that Ted is not responsible for the boy's murder as he suspects, but that Jimmy is. Jimmy is beaten by the Bakers and decides to flee Walford so Ted and his family will be safe. Ted purchases a shop on Bridge Street and names it 'Hills' Hardware'; he attempts to get Tony involved, but Tony is largely uninterested.
Ted is strict and overprotective of his family and has a bad temper which gets him into trouble. He struggles when he finds out that his son Tony is bisexual and nearly disowns him, losing many friends in the Square as a result. When his daughter Sarah runs away, he beats Robbie Jackson and puts him in hospital, suspecting that he has raped Sarah. In fact, Sarah had propositioned Robbie and fled Walford in shame after they had sex. Ted's behaviour frequently alienates his children and is his main source of conflict in Walford.
By 1997, Ted's business is floundering; he runs up huge debts and has to close the shop. When he is offered a job on a building project in Dubai, he accepts, leaving Walford and his children who refuse to go with him. He later moves to South Africa, and is joined there by Kathy in 1998.
Ted's friend Gavin Sullivan from Walford, also was living in South Africa and was in contact with Ted. Gavin romanced Kathy and later married her in 2001, much to Phil's chagrin.