It soon emerges that Kat is actually Zoe's mother and that it has been kept a family secret until Zoe finds out. Zoe finds out that Kat is her mother when she shouts it out loud on the street after Zoe has the idea to go to Spain. Demanding to know the identity of her birth father, Zoe and Charlie are stunned to discover that it was Charlie's brother Harry Michael Elphick.
Zoe runs away after the revelation and when she returns, the family discover that she has been living with an old school friend Kelly Taylor Brooke Kinsella in a brothel , where they worked as prostitutes. Soon after, Kelly arrives in Walford and Charlie agrees that she can stay with them, which she does so for two years. Little Mo, normally a timid and shy young woman, assaults her husband Trevor Morgan Alex Ferns with an iron.
The family learn that Trevor has been subjecting Little Mo to domestic abuse. Worse comes when Little Mo is found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to eight years in prison. The family appeal and a retrial is ordered. In exchange for Kat not pressing charges against Trevor for assaulting her, he agrees not to testify against Little Mo. She is released and comes back to live with her family. When Charlie finds out, he attacks Graham after locking him in his taxi.
Charlie's cab license is revoked, but is later restored. Little Mo discovers she is pregnant and is advised by her family to have an abortion, but she refuses and leaves Walford. Lynne, now married to Garry, is expecting a baby, however, she is injured when a fairground ride collapses and she suffers a placental abruption , meaning she needs an emergency Caesarean section. The baby dies and Lynne is only saved by a hysterectomy. Devastated, she leaves Walford. Charlie's great-niece Stacey Slater Lacey Turner arrives and moves in, and Charlie becomes a father figure to her, helping her curb her rebellious and wayward attitude.
At the same time, he comforts Zoe after she has an abortion. Jean's son Sean Slater Robert Kazinsky also moves into Charlie's house for a time, though Charlie dislikes him, and he soon moves out. Charlie puts an advertisement in a lonely hearts column and becomes a member of an internet dating website, meeting and falling for Brenda Boyle Carmel Cryan , a Salvation Army member from Clacton.
However, their romance begins to fizzle out. After not seeing each other for several weeks, Brenda ends the relationship, telling Charlie that she and her brother are moving to Madeira. Not wishing to end the relationship, Charlie gets approval from Stacey and Mo to go with her. He returns not long after with a Russian woman named Orlenda Mary Tamm.
Mo is suspicious of her and follows her around. On seeing her with another man, Mo takes a photo to show Charlie. Charlie confronts Orlenda who admits that she was using Charlie for his money and he asks her to leave.
When Stacey stops taking medication for her bipolar disorder , Charlie insists that she has to start again as she almost lost her baby Lily. Dot then reveals that Lily is not Bradley's. Charlie asks Stacey why she has not told the truth and begs her to take her pills, trying to force one into her mouth. Stacey says she has already taken them and Charlie apologises, then walks out of the house in tears.
Later, Sam Mitchell Danniella Westbrook asks Charlie to take her to the hospital because she is worried her baby Richard is unwell, however after driving part way, Charlie tells her the symptoms are normal.
As he turns around, he reverses into some boxes in front of a van, and is then stopped by a police officer Laurence Mitchell. The next day, Mo opens a letter for Charlie and learns was caught driving over the limit. They argue as he could lose his driving licence, and Charlie later apologises to Stacey for forcing her to take her pills. Charlie is shocked when his daughter Kat returns to Albert Square. Kat is trying to avoid some thugs to whom she owes money. They catch up with her at Charlie's house, and Kat tries to escape.
In the commotion, Charlie reminds Kat that she hasn't even asked about his life or anyone else's in Walford. Kat's estranged husband Alfie then arrives and chases the thugs away. However, Charlie is then dismayed to learn that Kat is pregnant, and Alfie is not the father. Kat is rushed to hospital, leaving Tommy in Charlie's care, but he joins the New Year's Eve party instead. James dies of cot death , so Ronnie secretly swaps him with a perfectly healthy Tommy.
Alfie and the rest of the family then discover the dead baby, believing it to be Tommy. Charlie admits to Kat that the baby was left alone as he was drinking, so Kat blames him for the baby's death. Charlie tries to make things right, but eventually realises it is best for him to leave. Mo begs him to stay but he refuses. Mo tells Kat and Alfie, and when Alfie says fathers have feelings too, they run to the tube station. Kat forgives Charlie and he leaves to stay with Lynne.
Kat asks Charlie to return to Walford, but he refuses as he is in a relationship with a younger woman named Eileen, and they are getting married. Soon after, he returns to Lynne's. Off screen, Charlie suffers a stroke. Soon after Alfie returns with Shenice and reveals Kat and Tommy are staying with Charlie until he recovers. Kat later returns to Walford with Tommy. Charlie visits Kat and Alfie for Christmas to celebrate their last days in The Queen Vic, and is delighted to learn that Kat is pregnant again.
Charlie returns following the birth of Stacey's son Arthur. Kat then learns that she had given birth to a boy along with Zoe. Charlie admits to Kat that he knew about Stacey's father, Brian's, other family and that he did nothing to stop him.
When an angry Kat demands the truth from Mo about her son, Charlie suffers a heart attack. Charlie manages to tell Kat that he loves her, before going into cardiac arrest. The paramedics arrive minutes later, but are unable to save Charlie and he is pronounced dead. Alone, Kat says her final goodbyes to her father before kissing him goodnight on the forehead. Shortly afterwards, Stacey runs away from Walford, however, she has an hallucination of Charlie a symptom of her postpartum psychosis , in the form of a taxi driver who convinces her to return home.
Creation and development[ edit ] In a last minute scene, Charlie and Patrick Trueman discussed George Osborne 's spending review. Derek Martin had previously auditioned for the roles of Den Watts and Frank Butcher in the s and was shortlisted for both roles, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
He requested to screen-test for the role of Charlie in He was successful and offered a contract with the soap for a minimum of three years, with potential for longer.
Martin described playing Charlie as "comfortable", like putting on an "old coat" and stated in that he would like to stay with EastEnders until he dies. He described Charlie as an easy-going family man. His temporary departure storyline saw Charlie run away with his new love interest, Brenda Boyle Carmel Cryan , however BBC confirmed that he would return in a "few weeks time".
His heart remains in Walford. He said, "My operation will probably be in the middle of May and then hopefully you'll see Charlie on crutches".
Departure and return[ edit ] In April it was announced that the character had been axed along with five others by the new executive producer Bryan Kirkwood as part of a plan to "breathe new life into the show". On Charlie's part in the story, he said "[T]hat's terrible guilt obviously—because [he] feel[s] as though it's [his] fault that he's died.
I was surprised when I saw the story come out [ He also spoke about his shock to be axed, "You know it's part and parcel of the profession to be in and out of work but after thinking Charlie was part of the future of the show, I was shocked. I simply didn't see it coming. Martin then revealed that he had received a call from current producers who said Charlie was not to be killed off and would simply go to live with eldest daughter, Lynne. The pair have a tearful reunion and there won't be a dry eye in the house.
Although they cleared the air before he left, things weren't right between them, so to have him back with her now makes it all the more special.
It's also Charlie that makes Kat realise that she needs to bond with Tommy. He makes her see that she can do this. Martin was revealed to have already filmed his return and would appear in one episode in December. Details surrounding Charlie's reason to return was being kept secret from the public, but was tipped to involve his daughter, Kat. A show spokesperson confirmed Martin's return.
I got a call saying they wanted me to do an episode for Christmas. I walked into the Queen Vic on my first day and it was like I'd never left. The pictures showed Kat and her husband, Alfie, celebrating their final day in charge of The Queen Victoria , with Mo joining them alongside Charlie.
Nothing's been said but I can't help hoping. Lacey Turner , who plays Charlie's great niece Stacey Branning , expressed an interest in Charlie and her on-screen mother, Jean Gillian Wright returning, "Having scenes with the Slaters is my favourite thing, though.
It would be great if we could get Derek Martin and Gillian Wright back. He commented, "Everyone, including Shane and Jessie, have been asking them upstairs, 'When can we have Derek? Despite Martin telling the Daily Star that he would be returning for a handful of episodes for an unknown storyline, an EastEnders spokesperson said the return was to be finalised.
In October , it was announced that Martin would be returning to the show for a guest appearance over the Christmas period. The announcement that Charlie would returning on-screen came only a day following the announcement Kat and Alfie would make a brief return over the Christmas period.
The show released no further information surrounding Charlie's return, but said the return of Charlie, Kat and Alfie would lead to the latter's six-part drama. Speaking of his return, Martin said: Martin said of his on-screen death, "I spoke to Dominic, the executive producer, and he explained [the storyline] and said he'd give me a good send off.