The actor, who suffered severe depression in 2003 after filing for bankruptcy, has opened up about his attempt to take his own life.
Just what is it with EastEnders storylines at the moment? It’s almost as though the editor of Walford’s local paper has been put in charge of the scriptwriting team, with the usual murders, rapes and violent crimes replaced by mundane everyday irritations like problems with the bins, and now, parking tickets. Frustrated EastEnders fans took to social media in droves to moan about scenes that saw Kim Fox hit with a parking ticket for – make sure you’re sitting down – leaving her car in a bus lane.
Claudette Hubbard has been a bit of a marmite character since she joined EastEnders last year, with some fans of the show loving her malicious ways and cunning plans whereas others finding her villainous streak a little bit harder to swallow. According to a BBC spokesperson, Claudette isn’t going to meet a grisly end and the role will be available for her to return to one day. Details of Claudette’s departure are remaining under wraps for now and it is not known whether or not she will be leaving with her friends Pam and Les Coker, who are also set to leave Walford following the murder of their grandson, Paul.
Social media had a bit of a meltdown over Christmas when EastEnders fan favourite, Arthur ‘Fatboy’ Chubb, seemingly met his maker - getting crushed to death in the boot of a car. Grisly scenes saw Richard Blackwood’s character, Vincent Hubbard, find Fatboy’s remains and gold ‘F’ chain on Christmas Eve.
It’s been nearly a year since comedian Richard Blackwood joined EastEnders as Vincent Hubbard and he’s arguably been one of the BBC One soap’s most pivotal characters in the last 12 months. If I’ve been able to convey this character to the point where I’ve been nominated, yeah, that’s definitely validation.
After the dramatic gun-wielding showdown last night on EastEnders, the Hubbard and Mitchell feud has reached a Christmas armistice in tonight’s episode. With baby Pearl now back home, after being snatched by Phil, the warring families appear to be putting the past behind them with a Christmas party at The Albert. Vincent is simply playing along for show as he raises a glass and toasts with Phil, but in the back of his mind, he won’t be forgiving or forgetting the blood feud any time soon.
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. While he notched up two top 10 singles, Richard feels his “job is done” with so many urban artists now on the charts. “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].
It wouldn’t be Christmas on EastEnders without an almighty bust-up, and that’s exactly what we’re getting next week when the feud between the Mitchells and the Hubbards reaches boiling point. In recent weeks we’ve learned that Vincent has been working with the police to take down Phil.