Ted Hills
Ted Hills 2
Portrayed by Brian Croucher
First Appearance 24 August 1995
Last Appearance 12 August 1997
Date of Birth 1945
Occupation Store owner (Hills' Hardware)
WifeIrene Carter (divorced)
SonsTony Hills
DaughtersSarah Hills
FatherDennis Hills
MotherBrenda Hills
BrothersColin Hills
Jonathan Hills
SistersKathy Beale
Stephanie Hills
NephewsIan Beale
Ben Mitchell
NiecesDonna Ludlow
Other relativesPeter Beale
Lucy Beale
Bobby Beale

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.


Abi Branning | Amy Mitchell | | Ben Mitchell | Bex Fowler | Billy Mitchell | Carmel Kazemi | | Denise Fox | Dennis Rickman Jnr | Donna Yates | Dot Branning | Ian Beale | Jack Branning | Jane Beale | Janet Mitchell | Jay Mitchell | Jill Marsden | Kathy Beale | Khoroush Kazemi (Kush) | Kim Fox-Hubbard | Lady Di | Lily Branning | Linda Carter | Louise Mitchell | Martin Fowler | Matthew Mitchell-Cotton | Mick Carter | Patrick Trueman | Pearl Fox | Phil Mitchell | Ollie Carter | Ritchie Scott | Sharon Mitchell | Shirley Carter | Sonia Jackson | Stacey Branning |Tina Carter | Vincent Hubbard | Whitney Dean  | Johnny Carter | Honey Mitchell | Max Branning | Steven Beale | Lauren Branning
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