For a long time now, EastEnders has provided fans with free autographs, if requested. Yet some fans are still unaware how.
It’s actually surprising simple to get an autograph. Firstly, you pick your actor(s). Write a few sentences to that particular actor. Put your letter inside an envelope and, included in the envelope, a self-addressed envelope so they can reply.
Whilst the official EastEnders site doesn’t mention you needing a SAE envelope, I spoke to Danny-boy Hatchard, who plays Lee Carter, and he said: “It’s depends on the actor, I always write back. An addressed envelope is preferred but [it] doesn’t need to be stamped.”
Once you’ve put your letter to your letter(s) inside an envelope (you can put them all in one envelope to save on postage) and write the following address on the front:
BBC Elstree Centre
A couple of things you should know…
The response times can vary dramatically, depending on the actor’s filming schedule. From my personal experience, I’ve sent off for Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright multiple times, with no response. However, just last week I sent off for Kellie again and got a very quick response within 3 days, to my shock.
It’s actually possible to get autographs from recently departed characters, too. Anna Acton, who played DC Emma Summerhayes, confirmed on Twitter in March this year that she was still signing autographs sent to the EastEnders address, however, it’s unlikely now, six months after her on-screen death, that she’s still signing them.