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Grant Mitchell
Ross Kemp as Grant Mitchell (2006)
EastEnders character
Played by Ross Kemp
Introducer Michael Ferguson (1990)
Kate Harwood (2005, 2006)
Duration 1990–99, 2005, 2006
Arrival 22 February 1990
Departure 9 June 2006
Classification Former; regular
Book appearances Blood Ties: The Life and Loves of Grant Mitchell
Date of birth 8 July 1962
Occupation Landlord

Grant Anthony Mitchell was played by Ross Kemp and he first appeared in 1990 until 1999, then in 2005 and 2006.

Grant is the stereotypical tough guy, and is known for his fiery temper and his tendency to resort to violence. Family is important to him, particularly his relationship with his brother, Phil, although they have had their differences over the years. Grant and Phil known as the "Mitchell brothers" have become a household name in the United Kingdom due to their association with the stereotypical black leather jacket wearing bald and brutal thug. They have been parodied even in adverts where their gruff, tough talking cockney accents have been impersonated. Despite his tough nature he is also a womaniser and has had relationships with an array of women and three marriages, all ending in disaster. He has calmed down in recent years, although he is still feared by people in and around Walford.



Grant arrived in Albert Square with his brother Phil in February 1990, as the owners of the local garage, the Arches.

Before his arrival Grant had been a paratrooper in the army, but being involved in the Falklands War had deeply scarred him, so he dropped out and began to adapt to life as a civilian. The memories of war troubled him greatly. He was plagued with nightmares, and was prone to terrible rages as a result. However, he had undertaken a mechanic's course in the army, which came in useful for the car repairing trade in Walford.

Not long after his arrival, Grant became attracted to the local barmaid, Sharon Watts. Sharon was attracted to his machismo, and soon their flirting progressed into a relationship. Fiercely protective of his girlfriend, most of Grant's initial problems in the Square revolved around his over-possessive nature and jealousy. He even managed to put the landlord of The Queen Victoria, Eddie Royle, in hospital after he came on to Sharon one evening; he later became prime suspect for Royle's murder in 1991, but Nick Cotton eventually owned up to the crime (and got away with it). In the wake of this, Grant decided to re-enlist in the army, but was rejected when he failed their psychiatric tests.

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Sharon and Grant marry, Boxing day 1991.

Despite his hot-headed tendencies, Sharon saw a different side to Grant, and when he proposed marriage to her, she accepted on the condition that he bought her her childhood home, the Queen Vic pub, which he did.

Grant married Sharon Watts in December 1991 and together they ran The Queen Victoria. Their marriage was stormy and punctuated with violent rows and fights. While Grant was in prison for armed robbery, Sharon began an affair with Phil (see Sharongate), although this came to an abrupt end when Grant was released and promised to change.

On Sharon's birthday in 1992, Grant set fire to the Queen Vic so as to generate insurance money to pay off debts. However, he did not check to see if Sharon was out of the way, and she and her dog Roly nearly died. The insurance money was insufficient, and Sharon was very angry with Grant for burning her beloved pub.

Two years later, Grant discovered a tape on which Sharon talked about her affair with Phil, and played it to a packed pub at Phil and Kathy Beale's engagement party. Grant began to beat his wife regularly, and Sharon fled to the United States to live with her mother Angie. He also battered Phil in revenge, leaving him with a ruptured spleen.

Sharon's best friend Michelle Fowler took an understandable dislike to Grant but, following Sharon's exit, fell pregnant following a one-night stand with him and fled to the States without telling Grant that he was to be a father. Michelle's brother Mark subsequently let slip that she had been pregnant and it was implied that Grant may have guessed the baby's paternity.

Grant went on to wed a pregnant Tiffany Raymond in 1996, although it was unclear whether he or Tiffany's ex-partner Tony was the father. A paternity test revealed that Grant was the father of the baby, Courtney, but by this time his marriage was deteriorating, and Grant spent a month in Cyprus with his army friends. Grant also had an affair with Lorraine Wicks.

When Tiffany discovered that Grant had had an affair with her mother Louise Raymond, she planned to flee to Spain with Courtney on New Year's Eve 1998, but Grant traced her and retrieved Courtney. Tiffany attempted to snatch Courtney but was hit by a car driven by Frank Butcher, Grant's stepfather, and died as the clock struck 10.

Grant dated barmaid Nina Harris for a while but ditched her after her past as a prostitute was uncovered.

Grant and brother Phil planned to cheat some gangsters to pay off a debt in October 1999 by intercepting a drug deal and stealing a large amount of cash from the gangsters. However, the job went wrong when Phil found out that Grant had slept with his ex-wife Kathy Hills before doing the job. He confronted Grant after they did the job and Grant admitted he slept with Kathy in revenge for Phil sleeping with Sharon. Phil was shocked by Grant's revelation and pulled out a gun, threatening to shoot him. Grant was saved when he heard police sirens and he and Phil stole a car to escape the police. Phil was still upset over Grant's revelation and wanted Grant to stop the car. After Grant refused, Phil shot the steering wheel, causing Grant to plunge the getaway car into the River Thames. Phil was rescued but Grant was not found and was presumed dead. A week later it was revealed that Grant was still alive and had the stolen money. He departed with Courtney to Rio de Janeiro, and was not seen again for six years.


Grant returned to Walford in late October 2005. He had just helped his brother Phil out of prison by bribing a security guard who had witnessed the armed robbery for which Phil had been set up by Den Watts. His first line was "'Ello mum", delivered as one of Johnny Allen's henchmen menaced Peggy.

He and Phil put their past differences behind them to get their sister Sam, who had been accused of murdering Den, out of prison. Grant tried to get Sharon to believe that Den's wife Chrissie Watts really did kill Den by hearing Sam's side of the story. After much persuasion Sharon eventually did realise that Chrissie was the true culprit, but did not let Chrissie know that she knew. Grant and Sharon also had a moment of nostalgia when they talked about their past. This led Sharon to reveal that she had been pregnant with Grant's baby shortly after leaving him and had it aborted. Grant then admitted that he had not been ready for fatherhood at the time, so the abortion was for the best. He then shared a brief kiss with her; this was seen by Sharon's husband Dennis Rickman, who resented Grant due to a fight between them shortly upon Grant's return, but Grant reassured Dennis that it was just a friendly kiss and the two later shook hands in the Vic.

He then set about finding evidence that would ensure Chrissie went to prison. Grant and Phil eventually discovered a CCTV tape on which Chrissie confessed at gangster Johnny Allen's nightclub that she killed Den. However, Johnny had a grudge against the Mitchell brothers because of their mother Peggy exposing his dubious past to his daughter Ruby, and used the tape as bait to try to kill them. The brothers eventually beat Johnny at his nightclub office in order to get the tape. As they were leaving with a tape, Johnny pointed a gun at them and prepared to shoot. However, Ruby entered and told Johnny not to kill them and, for her sake, he let them go.

Grant mentioned that he ran a bar with his new wife, Carla in Brazil. After getting Sam out of prison and trapping the real culprit, Grant flew back to Rio to return to his family.

He returned again in late March 2006, the night after his brother Phil returned from America, with his daughter Courtney in tow, seemingly for a nostalgic holiday to the East End, although family and financial problems back in Brazil had been hinted at.

Grant, concerned about his brother's state of mind, lured him out of Walford on the false grounds of having some business in Essex, where backup would be needed. His real objective was to get to the root of Phil's problems after seeing him nearly having a drink despite his alcoholism. In an effort to get the truth out of Phil, Grant revealed that he had received psychotherapy during his years away and talked specifically about his problems with his brother.

Although Grant expected the weekend to be a golfing and bonding experience, things became more serious as Phil led them to Johnny Allen's country estate, looking for revenge for Allen's orchestration of Dennis Rickman's death. Grant initially wanted nothing to do with Phil's bid for revenge and left his brother. Guilt overcame him, however, and he returned just in time to save Phil from Johnny and Danny Moon, demonstrating that despite fatherhood, he still was as hard-edged as ever. While Phil and Johnny argued in Johnny's office, Grant bonded with Johnny's daughter Ruby and was disgusted to learn that Phil had paid Juley Smith to sleep with her to hurt Johnny. Breaking the door down, he angrily confronted Phil, allowing Johnny to escape. Mitchell feuding ensued, with bitter recriminations from Phil about Grant's abandonment of him. whilst Phil and Grant tried to settle their differences Johnny reappeared with a shotgun and captured them, he took them back to his mansion where he locked the pair in a sound proof room. He later ordered his henchman Danny Moon to take them to a forest and kill them both. It looked bleak for the brothers, but Jake Moon turned up and shot his brother dead at the last second - saving Phil and Grant. Jake secretly buried his brother in the woods and Johnny turned himself into the police with persuasion from daughter Ruby to confess to his past crimes.

Grant sparked some sexual tension with Jane Collins, Ian Beale's girlfriend, when the two were trying to stop Ian and Phil fighting over custody of Phil's son Ben. Grant and Jane shared a kiss one night outside the Queen Vic, but Grant took it too far and she punched him. Grant then got a job working for Jake at the newly-reopened Scarlet nightclub, which led to another, more passionate kiss with Jane in the club office.

The next day, Jane had an argument with Ian, and went to Grant. The pair ended up having sex on the desk in the office. They finished the affair when Phil caught Grant and Jane in a clinch. To make Jane jealous, after she ended their affair, Grant turned his attention to newcomer Chelsea Fox. They had a one-night stand but Peggy, Phil, Jane and Chelsea's mum, Denise Fox were disgusted with Grant for sleeping with a 19-year-old. He later admitted to Jane that he still wanted her, but she still rejected him.

Not long afterwards, Courtney accused Grant of killing Tiffany after her cousin Ben blurted out what he had overheard Kathy saying. Courtney then snubbed Grant's request for a hug, leaving him heartbroken and at a low. He left Walford the next day. A week later, Jane found him and, after much persuasion, he returned to Albert Square. A surprise met him when he found his wife Carla waiting in the bar for him.

Grant and Carla resumed their relationship in Walford, but Carla's ex-partner Ray arrived in Walford to retrieve £12,000 that Carla had stolen from him. Carla and Ray started an affair again after Carla seduced Ray at a hotel. Ray told Carla that he still needed the money. Upon this, Carla told Grant that Ray wanted £25,000, in a bid to run back to Brazil with Ray. Grant and Carla planned to start a new life in Portugal together with Courtney and Carla's son Mathias.

Grant learned of Carla's scam with Ray not long after Ray and Carla's affair began again. Eventually Carla told Grant that she wanted to have his baby. Grant whetted Carla's appetite with a wad of money, supposedly to pay off Ray, but the previous day Grant had ordered Ray to leave the Square with nothing. When Grant was in the shower, Carla took the bag of money out onto the Square, but Grant was watching his lying wife through the Queen Vic's bathroom window. Carla then realised that she had been tricked, and as she opened the bag of 'money' she was surprised to discover Grant's pants and socks in the bag and no money.

Upon returning to the Vic, Grant and Carla kissed, but Grant took Carla upon his shoulder and dumped her in Gus Smith's litter bin, much to the amusement of Courtney, Gus and other Albert Square residents.

Ian Beale saw Grant and Courtney leave the Square and alerted Jane to this. Unknown to Ian, Jane was sobbing, as she truly loved Grant. Grant called Jane from the airport to tell her that he loved her and that she was a very special woman. Jane cried while on the phone and told Grant that she loved him. After this call, Grant and Courtney left together for Portugal, hand in hand. Since his departure, Grant's family have visited him and Courtney in Portugal several times. Grant was last mentioned in late 2009 when Sam returns from Brazil after being on the run since 2005. While back in Walford, she gets engaged to her ex-husband Ricky, but she has an affair with Jack Branning causing her to disappear once again. During her disappearance, Grant spoke to Phil on the phone, worrying that Phil is struggling with the family's finances. Peggy trusted Phil to handle the family's finances until she discovers that Phil had sold The Arches to Pat Evans and after this she decides to book a flight to Portugal to visit Grant for some financial advice. On 21 September 2010, Sam phones Grant to ask him if she can stay with him in Portugal.

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