Jean is distressed to hear that Stacey is dead, but Mo Harris (Laila Morse) reveals she has just spoken to Stacey on the phone, meaning Stacey is alive. On 5 July, he is seen by Sasha Dixon (Rebecca Sanneh) doing business with Anthony Moon (Matt Lapinskas) and it turns out that when someone dies, Les offers to empty their house and sells the goods to Anthony for his business.
Sasha and her employer, Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell), then ask Les to offer every other house to them for the charity shop.
On 10 July, he attends a wake for a former Walford resident at The Queen Victoria public house, where Kim Fox (Tameka Empson) pretends to know the deceased, and talks to Les, successfully gaining Sasha a work experience placement with Les's firm.
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.
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.
July also saw the second birth of the year: Lola Pearce's daughter Lexi, Newman's first introduction.
After the announcement that Sharon Rickman was returning, her son Dennis Rickman, was introduced, along with guest character, Sharon's fiancé John Hewland.
Danny Pennant arrived in September, as part of a love triangle storyline involving Syed Masood and Christian Clarke.
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.
December also saw the arrival of Zainab Masood's family friend, Ayesha Rana.
Leslie "Les" Coker, played by Roger Sloman, is a funeral director who visits Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) and David Wicks (Michael French) on 9 January to arrange Pat Evans' (Pam St. He tells them he used to know Pat when he was an apprentice, implying he was her client when she was a prostitute, and offers a discount on the funeral.