Tony McCluskie, 35, today (June 18) appeared for a brief hearing at the Old Bailey after being accused of killing his 29-year-old sister.
Mr McCluskie spoke only to confirm his identity, but it was announced that his trial will take place from November 12, BBC News reports.
A plea and case management hearing has also been confirmed for October 12.
Ms McCluskie's torso was found in Regent's Canal in Hackney on March 6. She had been reported missing a few days earlier.
The actress played the role of Kerry Skinner in EastEnders in 2000 and 2001.