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Eastenders Trio

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-09-07

Dr Legg

Actor Leonard Fenton

Since EastEnders began in 1985, a handful of Jewish characters have made their mark in Walford, the most notable being Dr Legg, Rachel Kominski and Felix The Barber.

But since Dr Legg upped and moved to Israel, Rachel quit Albert Square for pastures unknown and Felix packed up his shaving kit in pursuit of his long-lost family, what’s become of the people who gave the UK’s biggest soap opera its kosher feel?

Well, first out was Jacquetta May, who played Rachel Kominski from 1991-1993. Since then she’s worked steadily on TV in the likes of Dangerfield and Crocodile Shoes, penned some episodes of the hit ITV show Where The Heart is, and found time to star in the acclaimed British film Get Real in 1998.

Next to depart was Felix, aka actor Harry Landis, in 1996. The East London born 74-year-old, who made his screen debut in the 1956 film A Hill In Korea hasn’t been seen much since quitting the Square (except for the 2001 Dutch film the Discovery of Heaven), but currently! has his hands full as president of the actor’s union Equity, a post he’s held for the past year.

Fenton, meanwhile, who also starred in the likes of Shine On Harvey Moon, Auf Wiedersehen Pet and, er, Morons From Outer Space, has been pretty quiet since he finally quit the Square for good in 2000. However, given he is now 77 years old, it’s no surprise he’s decided to take things easy.