|This article's content is marked as Mature|
The page Mature contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.
If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.
|“||"I am Derek Branning, and I am the head of this family!"||„|
|~ Derek trying to stamp his authority over his brothers, Max and Jack, shortly before dying of a heart attack.|
Derek Branning is a fictional character and recurring anti-villain of the British soap opera EastEnders. He is the brother of Max Branning. He first appeared as a minor antagonist in 1996 and went on to serve as a supporting antagonist/anti-hero on 2011 and the main antagonist in 2012 and posthumous antagonist in 2013.
He was portrayed by Jamie Foreman, who also played Basta in Inkheart.
Derek first appears at Alan and Carol’s wedding where he racially abuse Alan. He punches Alan and then punched by David and he leaves. 15 years later, he is mentioned during an argument between Max Branning and Carol after Max discovers Carol's relationship with Connor Stanley. Derek then finds out that Phil Mitchell has had Jack's car crushed, he confronts Phil, saying that he has made an enemy of him as well. After the local B&B is destroyed in an explosion, Derek convinces his nephew Liam Butcher to retrieve some valuable copper pipes from the building, leaving his great-grandmother, Pat, infuriated. Shortly after, Derek receives a visit from his probation officer and it is clear that Pat is responsible. Furious, Derek visits her and angrily threatens her, resulting in her collapsing on the kitchen floor shortly after. Pat is then diagnosed with incurable cancer, and when Derek visits her, he teases her about dying, causing a row with Tanya, who suffers a panic attack.
When Phil is arrested for murder and his son Ben is kicked out of his home, Derek befriends Ben in order to steal his keys to Phil's garage. There, Derek is then led to believe that Roxy is missing, and Jack is furious at Derek, and especially when he discovers Chrissy does not exist.
Phil resoundingly wins against Derek, though Derek arranges with Alfie and Billy Mitchell to steal a large amount of alcohol. However he is unknowingly scammed by Alfie and Billy, and suspects Phil of conning him. Derek realises that Roxy has fallen in love with Alfie, so deliberately sends Alfie off on a job and makes it look to Roxy that he killed Alfie. When Alfie returns safe, Roxy tries to punch Derek for the humiliation he caused her but is restrained by Alfie.
She introduces herself as Kirsty Branning, Max's wife, whom he married while staying with Derek in 2011. It is revealed that Derek never handed Kirsty Max's divorce papers or the money that Max was giving to her, but allowed Max to think they were divorced, and did not tell Max about Kirsty's pregnancy, instead telling Kirsty that Max wanted the child aborted, which she did. A massive argument ensues and Derek shouts at Max and Jack, saying he has never liked Max and he was the person who locked him in a coffin as a child (Max had believed it was Jim). Derek is forced out of the house by Max, Jack and Joey, while Kat watches on. He then suffers a fatal heart attack on the street and dies.
|Soap Opera Villains|
Aaron | Abi | Abs | Adam | Ahmet | Alanagh | Alan | Alex | Alfie | Al | Ali | Johnny Allen | Ruby Allen | Allen's unnamed henchmen | DCI Alsworth | Andy | Anne | Gray Atkins | Wilfred Atkins | Jeff Atkinson | Simon Atmore | Tom Bailey | Keegan Baker | Sadie Banks | Barnsey Barnes | Adam Bateman | Terry Bates | Viv Bates | Bobby Beale | Cindy Beale | Ian Beale | Lucy Beale | Steven Beale | Polly Becker | Beresford | Biggie | Bijan | Unnamed Blackmailer | Oz Bolat | Abi Branning | Derek Branning | Max Branning | Suzy Branning | Mr Bremner | Dougie Briggs | Kim Brooks | James Willmott-Brown | Hugo Browning | Luke Browning | Elliot Brownlow | Bruno | Unnamed Bully | Bunhead | Bunty | Frank Butcher | Janine Butcher | Lewis Butler | Frankie Byrne | Cahill | Sarah Cairns | Cal | Edwin Caldecott | Campbell | Carlos | Carter | Tony Cattani | Cal Childs | Chris | Little Chris | Marcus Christie | Matt Clarkson | Clem | Clive | Cliff | Cody | Richard Cole | Preston Cooper | Corley | Charles Cotton | Dotty Cotton | Nick Cotton | Tom Cotton | Jason Cox | Stella Crawford | Neil Crossley | Vic Crusher | Jack Dalton | Dalton's unnamed henchman | Danny | Darien | Daryl | Dave | Davey | David | Dee | Derek | Derrick | Alexandra D'Costa | Madison Drake | Craig Dixon | Dermott Dolan | Don | Dougie | Roxy Drake | Victor Duke | Saskia Duncan | Dylan | Eddie | Tom Eden | Erica | Nigel Fenshaw | Frankie Finnerty | Jono Finnerty | Lee Finnerty | Ann Fletcher | Ross Fletcher | Flo | Pauline Fowler | Gray Foster | Joanne Francis | Frank | Franks | Frankie | Vinnie Franks | Freddie | Mitch Gannon | Gary | George | Sandy Gibson | Graeme | Tommy Grant | Rob Grayson | Camilla Greenwood | Gummy | Vincent Le Haine | Danny Hardcastle | Cody Harris | Johnny Harris | Heavy | Christine Hewitt | Greg Hewitt | John Hewland | Nina Hewland | Henry | Jonno Highway | Stuart Highway | Claudette Hubbard | Vincent Hubbard | Angel Hudson | Hudson's unnamed henchman | Neil Hughes | Andy Hunter | Hunter's unnamed henchmen | Isaacs | JJ | Jacs | Jake | Jason James | Sam James | Jason | Jerry | Jez | Ernie Johnson | Jordan Johnson | Lucas Johnson | Vince Johnson | Jordan | Joseph | Kane | Aflie Kane | Charlie Keating | Kelly | Ray Kelly | Stuart Kendle | Kerry | Kevin | Yusef Khan | Leo King | Tony King | Kylie | Johnny Lee | Leigh | Lenny | Katy Lewis | Lillan | Lisha | Bob Lister | Donna Ludlow | Joe Macer | Tosh Mackintosh | Aidan Maguire | Ciara Maguire | Caleb Malone | Gregory Mantel | Marco | Mark | Nyangi Marwa | Billy Mason | Henry Mason | Steve Masters | Matty | Bird Meadows | Trent Meadows | Mervyn | Demetrius Michaledes | Mickey | Midge | Mike | Mikey | Alan Mills | Milo | Archie Mitchell | Ben Mitchell | Billy Mitchell | Carla Mitchell | Eric Mitchell | Glenda Mitchell | Grant Mitchell | Phil Mitchell | Phillip Mitchell | Aaron Monroe | Danny Moon | Jake Moon | Michael Moon | Trevor Morgan | Geoff Morton | Spike Murphy | Nathan | Neil | Neill | Glenn Neyland | Ellie Nixon | Ollie | Mehmet Osman | Barbara Owen | Hunter Owen | Jackie Owen | Mel Owen | Steve Owen | Oxley | Annie Palmer | George Palmer | Suki Panesar | Apostolos Papadopolous | Danny Pennant | Pete | Petey | George Peters | Fraser Philips | Frankie Pierre | Piers | Pogo | Queenie Price | Reg Priest | Unnamed prisoner | Annie Pritchard | Martinia Quinn | Jagger Rawley | Garry Rawlings | Ray | Raymond | Terry Raymond | Stix Redman | Mike Rendon | Rennie | Renzo | Dennis Rickman | Denny Rickman Jr. | Ricky | Felix Riley | Robert | Darren Roberts | Ron | Willy Roper | Matthew Rose | Rowly | Eddie Royle | Mandy Salter | Stas Saunders | Charlie Savage | Jesper Scanlon | Sean | Qadim Shah | Shane | Gavin Sharp | Fraser Shelton | Jan Sherwood | Sia | Sid | Simmo | Lydia Simmonds | Simon | Paul Skeggs | Dougie Slade | Bev Slater | Harry Slater | Hayley Slater | Sean Slater | Alexa Smith | Babe Smith | Trevor Smith | Nikki Spraggan | Spud | Connor Stanley | Evie Steele | Keith Steer | Lorraine Stevens | Mark Stone | Ritchie Stringer | Stringer's unnamed henchman | Dan Sullivan | Gavin Sullivan | Mike Swann | Becca Swanson | Ross Swindeon | Tasha | Mrs Taylor | Ray Taylor | Tayo | Tegs Teague | Tina Teague | Tessa | DI Steve Thompson | Tommy | Rob Topp | Timmy Tropics | Queenie Trott | Michaela Turnbull | Owen Turner | Tyler | Clare Tyler | Jonah Tyler | Liam Tyler | Unnamed abusive father | Unnamed Thief | John Valecue | Aubrey Valentine | Richard Vance | Vicki | Vince | Vincent | Mr. Vinnicombe | Vinnie | Vix | Waldoch | Chinese Walter | Unnamed Prison Warden | Warren | Mr. Waters | George Watson | Chrissie Watts | Den Watts | Adam White | Carl White | Nora White | Brian Wicks | Dean Wicks | Gareth Wiley | Wilf | Rob Wilkins | Brad Williams | Nathan Williams | Jack Woodman | Harry Woodward | May Wright | Mr. X | Mr. Y | Unnamed Youth | Dan Zappieri | Ziggy
- Jamie Foreman (the actor who played Derek Branning) has been nominated for several awards at the 2012 and 2013 British Soap Award ceremonies.
- Derek was the main antagonist throughout 2012 as he was big threat to the square.