Danny Pennant arrived in September, as part of a love triangle storyline involving Syed Masood and Christian Clarke.
December also saw the arrival of Zainab Masood's family friend, Ayesha Rana.
Leslie "Les" Coker, played by Roger Sloman, first appeared on 9 January 2012.
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.
Billy discovers the business is deeply in debt and forces Les to tell Pam this.
They vow no more secrets, but after Les meets with his 'other woman', Claudette Hubbard (Ellen Thomas) and gives her an expensive necklace.Les becomes very distraught at her departure, and Claudette urges him to tell Pam the truth, just as Pam returns and walks in on them together.Shortly after Claudette leaves the house, Pam urges Les to end the affair or their marriage is over.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.He returns to meet Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) to finalise arrangements for the funeral of her daughter Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner).