Eddie Lawson is charismatic and an inspirational teacher with a genuine passion for the job. He has a natural authority and the pupils know not to cross him, but underneath he’s warm and self-deprecating. He has a down to earth approach to teaching but he’s also not afraid of change. He’s also a strong believer in inclusion, which Waterloo Road is keen to embrace, and an expert on vocational education – believing it can really deliver the goods. All these traits endear him to headteacher Rachel but their chances of a romantic relationship were cut short when it emerged he was the father of Melissa’s unborn baby and she asked him to leave Waterloo Road.