Former EastEnders star Nigel Harman reflects on Dennis Rickman's death

Former EastEnders star Nigel Harman has reflected on his character’s death in the soap.

The actor played Dennis Rickman in the BBC soap between 2003 and 2005, with the character being killed off after he was fatally stabbed.

In an interview with Inside Soap, Harman detailed his time on the soap, and spoke about the traumatic events in that fateful episode.

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“That was part of my reasoning [to be killed off]. I had a very strong instinct that I wanted to draw a line underneath the character,” he began. “I think that’s why he’s resonated for so long.

“I wasn’t aware [how popular Dennis was] at the time. People still come up to me 20 years later [and that’s when] I’ve noticed the impact that Dennis has had,” he continued.

It won’t be Harman’s final appearance in a soap, however, following his casting in Casualty earlier this month.

Teasing his role as Max Cristie, Harman recorded a short interview with the soap’s official media channels to preview his role.

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“He's a natural doctor and a very good surgeon. He's very empathetic with his patients,” he began. "He doesn't always toe the line, but if he thinks it's the right thing to do he doesn't mind striding over that line in order to save a patient.

“There's some flirtations around the building with Max and other characters, who I shan't mention," he teased. "Where they lead, we'll have to wait and see.”

Whilst Max’s romantic pursuits remain a mystery, we do know he has history with Dylan Keogh, with the pair having a fractious relationship since their time at medical school.

“[Max] knows that he can always get under Dylan's skin. He's a bit like a schoolboy in that respect,” revealed Harman. “He starts antagonising Dylan any way he can just for his own amusement, and that's an ongoing thread with their behaviour.”

EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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