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The following are characters who first appeared in the BBC soap opera East Enders during 2012 listed by order of first appearance. The first character to be introduced was the undertaker, Les Coker.
New characters were introduced by Bryan Kirkwood, executive producer. The first regular character to be announced was Ray Dixon, the father of Morgan Butcher, followed by Alice Branning, the daughter of Derek Branning and, Alice's brother, Joey.
Les arranges a party for the centenary of Coker & Sons, and Pam gets upset at the thought that their grandson, Paul (Jonny Labey), will not attend.
The same day, Paul returns but is cold towards Les.
June 2012 also saw the first birth of the year: Janine Butcher and Michael Moon's daughter, Scarlett.
July saw the arrival of Masood Ahmed's brother, AJ.
Ava Hartman, the long-lost daughter of Cora Cross was introduced in November and Kirsty Branning, Max's wife, made her first appearance on Christmas Day.
Claudette and Pam are revealed to be old friends, as Claudette is a foster mother and Pam used to help children in care.
Les holidays in Gran Canaria with Claudette, although Pam sees it as a coincidence when she learns from Claudette's foster daughter Donna Yates (Lisa Hammond) that they are both there at the same time.
Les moves his funeral business, Coker & Sons Funeral Parlour, to Turpin Road following the relocation of Pam's flower stall to Bridge Street Market.
When walking home one night, Fatboy (Ricky Norwood) notices Les being handed money by Dot Branning's (June Brown) grandson, Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett).