EXCLUSIVE: EastEnders’ Richard Blackwood Rules Out Music Return

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He may currently be best known for playing hard man Vincent Hubbard on EastEnders but there was a time when Richard Blackwood set the charts alight with hits like Mama Who Da Man and 1,2,3,4 Get With the Wicked.

But sadly it doesn’t look like we’ll be singing along to “We love you R.B.” any time soon.

The comedian reveals he isn’t tempted to segue back into music using his newfound soap fame.

Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Celebrity, he said: “You’ve got to remember why I did it … At the time, they weren’t really signing urban acts that were credible.

“They came to me and said, ‘Do you want to sign?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t really do music.’ I love music but it’s not my thing.

“My uncle, who is a singer, said, ‘If you do this and you’re a success, then they’ll start looking at other people that can really do it.’

“So I put myself on the firing line, I’m not a rapper, I’m a comedian. So in every interview I’d say, ‘If you think I’m good, listen to these guys.’ “

Um, we reckon Get With the Wicked is still a tune ACTUALLY.

While he notched up two top 10 singles, Richard feels his “job is done” with so many urban artists now on the charts.

“After things happened with me, So Solid came through a year later and they were the real deal,” he explained.

“Then there was Dizzee Rascal … I’m not saying it’s because of me but record companies started seeing there’s money in [urban artists].

“So my job’s done. I wouldn’t do it now, you’ve got real artists now.”


But perhaps he can talk his mate and co-star Danny Dyer into trying his hand at music? We’d be first in line for that gig!

Quizzed if he reckons Danny could spit bars, he said: “Cockney-wise, yeah! He wouldn’t be urban, but very cockney. He’d make it work.

“I’ve known Danny for years. The first time we met at a party, he came up to me and shook my hand.

“Danny is the way you see it, he’s one of the most humble, nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He doesn’t have an ego.”

We reckon a night out with Richard and Danny would be EPIC.

EastEnders airs all next week, including 8.45pm on Christmas Day, on BBC One