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

Early lifeEdit

Witts attended Southend High School for Boys, where he first discovered his passion for acting.For a number of years, he trained with the National Youth Music Theatre 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 BoyzThe 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."

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

2013–present: After EastEnders and Recovery RoadEdit

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

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

In March 2015, it was announced that Witts would star mainly on the new American TV Series Recovery Road, starring as Craig (the counsellor), with the series beginning on 25 January 2016 on Freeform.


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



Year TV Programme Role Notes
2012–2013 EastEnders Joey Branning Series Regular
2012, 2013 Daybreak Himself Guest, 3 episodes
2013 This Morning Himself Guest, 2 episodes
2013 National Television Awards Himself "Most Popular Newcomer" winner
2016 Recovery Road Craig Main role