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David Peter S. Witts (born 30 June 1991) is a British actor and model, best known for his portrayal of Joey Branning in the long-running British television soap opera, EastEnders,[1] in which he appeared from 2012 to 2013.

David Witts
Born (1991-06-30) 30 June 1991 (age 28)
OccupationActor, model
Years active2012–present
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
TelevisionEastEnders (2012–13)
Recovery Road (2016)
AwardsSexiest Male, Inside Soap Awards 2012 & Most Popular Newcomer, NTA 2013

Early lifeEdit

Witts attended Southend High School for Boys, where he first discovered his passion for acting.[2] For a number of years, he trained with the National Youth Music Theatre[3] and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Following a short period of working as a barman, Witts appeared in numerous theatre productions, including Wild Boyz, The Wizard of Oz and Snow White during 2011 and 2012.


2012–13: EastEndersEdit

In May 2012, Digital Spy reported that Witts had been cast to play Derek Branning's son, Joey Branning, in EastEnders. Of his arrival to the series, Witts commented, "I am delighted to be joining EastEnders after being a fan for so many years. Joining the Branning family couldn't have come at a better time, especially after the recent British Soap Awards wins." EastEnders' executive producer, Lorraine Newman said, "Joey is a fantastic addition to the Brannings and after an explosive entrance onto the Square, he is set to break a few hearts as he campaigns to bring Derek down."[4]

In October 2013 it was reported that he had decided to leave EastEnders. His final scenes were aired on 26 December 2013.[5]

2014–present: Projects after EastEnders and U.S. success with Recovery RoadEdit

In early 2014 Witts starred as Link Larkin in a production of Hairspray at the Curve in Leicester.[6]

He appeared in the pantomime Aladdin at the New Theatre, Hull over the Christmas/New Year period of 2014/15.[7]

In March 2015, it was announced that Witts would star in the new American TV series Recovery Road, as Craig, with the series beginning on 25 January 2016 on Freeform.[8] In May 2016, it was announced that the show had been cancelled.

In May 2018, it was announced that Witts would making his West End debut in the hit musical Wicked, replacing Bradley Jaden as Fiyero from 23 July 2018.[9]

In March 2019, Witts appeared in an episode of the BBC daytime soap Doctors.


Witts won the award for 'Most Popular Newcomer' for his portrayal of Joey at the National Television Awards 2013.[10] He also won 'Sexiest Male' at the Inside Soap Awards.[2] and was nominated again for 'Sexiest Male' at the British Soap Awards in 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2013 EastEnders Joey Branning Series regular
2016 Recovery Road Craig Series regular
2019 Doctors Kyle Rhys One episode
I Ship It Luke Series regular
2019 Pride and Prejudice, Cut Liam UP TV


  1. ^ BBC One – EastEnders – Joey Branning
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Emma (27 January 2013). "Eastenders star David Witts thanks former Southend High School for Boys teacher". Echo. Newsquest. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  3. ^ "NYMT – Where Are They Now?". National Youth Music Theatre. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  4. ^ 'EastEnders' casts Derek Branning's son Joey – also there would be a love triangle between joey, his cousin laure branning and lucy beale EastEnders News – Soaps – Digital Spy
  5. ^ Smith, Lydia (20 October 2013). "EastEnders star David Witts will quit Joey Branning role at Christmas – Mirror Online". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Curve Theatre / Home". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Aladdin at Hull New Theatre Hull – Pantomime Tickets | Pantos from Qdos Entertainment".
  8. ^ Greenwood, Carl (8 March 2015). "Ex-Eastender David Witts makes it in Hollywood! Star joins ABC family drama Recovery Road". Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  9. ^ "DAVID WITTS TO STAR IN LONDON PRODUCTION OF WICKED AS 'FIYERO' FROM 23 JULY 2018". 3 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  10. ^ "National Television Awards 2013: All The Winners Including Ant And Dec, 'Coronation Street's Alan Halsall, Miranda Hart". The Huffington Post UK. AOL UK. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.