Pete Doherty says he was once offered 'EastEnders' role

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Pete Doherty of The Libertines performs at Coventry Cathedral ruins on 01 August 2021 in Coventry, UK. Picture date: Sunday 01 August 2021. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment.
Pete Doherty says he was offered a part in EastEnders. (Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment)

Pete Doherty has claimed he once came close to being in EastEnders.

The Babyshambles star, 43, didn’t offer more details about the part.

However, he did say that the talk of him getting a role in the BBC soap was around the same time as his band The Libertines reunited – which happened twice, in 2010 and then 2014.

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According to The Mirror, Doherty said he would have loved to have been an actor.

First look images of the new Albert Square and the iconic Queen Vic have been released as filming starts on the new EastEnders set today (11 January).

The new set replaces the former Albert Square which – having been built in 1984 with an intention to be used for two years – is no longer fit for purpose.

The investment in the BBC’s longest-running TV serial drama and wider BBC Elstree Centre enables improved HD for our audiences and enhanced filming options. EastEnders production are now able to explore new areas on screen and writers, producers and directors have greater freedom to drive further creativity.
Pete Doherty could have been in the BBC soap. (BBC)

He apparently opened up in his book A Likely Lad, saying: “There are a few things that have fallen through over the years that I was a bit disappointed about – opportunities that came up that I didn’t take.

“I was going to get a part in EastEnders at one point.

"It was around this time that the Libertines re-formed too.”

Doherty has dabbled in acting in the past.

In 2012 he played the lead role of Octave in the film Confession Of A Child Of The Century, which also starred Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Pete Doherty of the Libertines on the Other Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Picture date: Friday June 24, 2022.
Pete Doherty said he'd love to be an actor. (PA)

In his book, Doherty also claimed that he was approached about moving into the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The star said that he was offered £100,000 to sign up to be a contestant on the reality TV show.

However, it seems Doherty didn’t want to be filmed 24/7 and he apparently wanted show bosses to let him have 15 minutes each day when he wasn’t on camera.

Host Emma Willis outside the Celebrity Big Brother house at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Herfordshire, during the launch of the latest series of the Channel 5 reality TV programme.
Pete Doherty said he could have been on Celebrity Big Brother. (PA)

He said that his request was refused, so he ended up turning down the money and a slot on the fly-on-the-wall show.

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