The Carter family is a fictional family in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. The family is headed by Stan Carter, but the first member of the family introduced was Stan's grandson, Dean Wicks, brought in by Kate Harwood on 2 January 2006. He arrived in the show's setting of Walford to stay with his great-aunt Pat Butcher, the ex-wife of his great-uncle, Brian Wicks. He was soon joined by his sister, Carly Wicks and a month later by their adoptive father Kevin Wicks the nephew of Brian Wicks. Carly's husband Nico Pappas appeared for a short stint. Shirley Carter, daughter of Stan, ex-wife of Kevin and mother of Deano and Carly, appeared in December 2006. Carly made a return on 6th September 2012 for a couple of episodes.
In January 2010, Zsa Zsa Carter, the niece of Shirley was introduced as a character in the spin-off EastEnders: E20. Her stepfather, Andy, was also seen in E20.
An expansion of the Carter family by new producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins introduced Shirley's sister and Zsa Zsa's mother, Tina Carter, and Shirley's eldest son, Mick Carter, though he was believed to be her brother.