EastEnders' Phil Mitchell to return as 'changed man'
24 May 2017 - 4:00 PM

EastEnders' Phil Mitchell to return as 'changed man'

EastEnders" Phil Mitchell will be a "changed man" when he returns to Walford later this month.

The bald business owner - portrayed by Steve McFadden - was last seeing fleeing Albert Square for Italy with his wife Sharon (Letitia Dean) earlier this year after he underwent life-saving liver surgery but the soap's boss Sean O'Connor has teased the bad boy will make an explosive return over the next few weeks in a bid to save his family from a "crisis."

Speaking to the Metro.co.uk, he said: "Phil returns in a moment of crisis for the Mitchells. But he is a changed Phil from the exhausted lion that left the square.

"Steve McFadden is a mesmerising actor. Every scene he does with absolute commitment and conviction. It's amazing to watch how he does it. He's great at rage and pent up aggression, but he was at his most moving after the death of Peggy. And when he told Sharon that he loved her just before he was taken away for his liver transplant on Christmas Day was so touching.

"It has been very rewarding finding fresh material for Phil. His days of being a hard man are coming to an end and he has had a real wake-up call after the transplant. He knows that he has a second chance now and it's given him food for thought. Has he had a good life? Can he right the wrongs of the past? And even if he wants to, does he have the time to do it?"

EastEnders' Max Branning to murder?

24 May 2017 - 4:00 PM

EastEnders' Max Branning to murder?

Although Sean is remaining tight lipped on what he has in store for Phil, he recently teased that a big event will rock the residents of Walford in the coming months in a storyline that has never been approached by a soap before in the history of UK television.

He said recently: "The ambition is for "EastEnders" to be the best British soap opera. Sometimes, in order to make that happen, you have to work hard on the foundations of what the show is and that's what we've been concentrating on since I arrived in Walford.

Gillian Taylforth thinks EastEnders is 'back on top'

24 May 2017 - 4:00 PM

Gillian Taylforth thinks EastEnders is 'back on top'

"But what we are planning will be electric - but I'm not going to say how! It will involve all of the main characters - both new and legacy characters, nobody has been left out. We're all very excited about it. No show has ever attempted what we're planning to do in the next few months. It's massively ambitious - and crucially- it's something that only "EastEnders" would or could do. And that's the challenge I keep making to the writers; we need to tell stories that only "EastEnders" could do. I love our brother and sister shows and they do what they do brilliantly. But we do something different."

Gemma Atkinson: Break would've killed me without Strictly
18 December 2017

Gemma Atkinson: Break would've killed me without Strictly

Gemma Atkinson: Break would've killed me without Strictly
Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay scrap music career
18 December 2017

Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay scrap music career

Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay scrap music career
Chris Hughes and Olivia Attwood to get own TV show
18 December 2017

Chris Hughes and Olivia Attwood to get own TV show

Chris Hughes and Olivia Attwood to get own TV show
Cara De La Hoyde's newborn son weed, pooped and sicked on her
18 December 2017

Cara De La Hoyde's newborn son weed, pooped and sicked on her

Cara De La Hoyde's newborn son weed, pooped and sicked on her
ITV want another Birds of a Feather series
18 December 2017

ITV want another Birds of a Feather series

ITV want another Birds of a Feather series
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story to be turned into TV series
18 December 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story to be turned into TV series

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story to be turned into TV series
Helen Flanagan is pregnant
18 December 2017

Helen Flanagan is pregnant

Helen Flanagan is pregnant
Joe McFadden has no job
18 December 2017

Joe McFadden has no job

Joe McFadden has no job
Vicky Pattison thinks Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo was at 'unfair advantage' in I'm A Celeb...
18 December 2017

Vicky Pattison thinks Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo was at 'unfair advantage' in I'm A Celeb...

Vicky Pattison thinks Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo was at 'unfair advantage' in I'm A Celeb...
Michael Le Vell 'engaged'
18 December 2017

Michael Le Vell 'engaged'

Michael Le Vell 'engaged'
Courtney Wood hits out at Apprentice tie
18 December 2017

Courtney Wood hits out at Apprentice tie

Courtney Wood hits out at Apprentice tie
Lord Sugar hires 2 business partners
17 December 2017

Lord Sugar hires 2 business partners

Lord Sugar hires 2 business partners
Most viewed
Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams
trending_up 14
15 December 2017

Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams

Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams
Tyla Carr to party in the run up to xmas
trending_up 5
17 December 2017

Tyla Carr to party in the run up to xmas

Tyla Carr to party in the run up to xmas
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story to be turned into TV series
trending_up 4
18 December 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story to be turned into TV series

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story to be turned into TV series
Michael Le Vell 'engaged'
trending_up 4
18 December 2017

Michael Le Vell 'engaged'

Michael Le Vell 'engaged'
Bruno Tonioli slams X Factor
trending_up 3
17 December 2017

Bruno Tonioli slams X Factor

Bruno Tonioli slams X Factor
Gemma Atkinson: Break would've killed me without Strictly
trending_up 3
18 December 2017

Gemma Atkinson: Break would've killed me without Strictly

Gemma Atkinson: Break would've killed me without Strictly
Bruno Langley seeking help for alcohol issues
trending_up 3
17 December 2017

Bruno Langley seeking help for alcohol issues

Bruno Langley seeking help for alcohol issues
Chloe Madeley's boyfriend 'stalked' her on Twitter
trending_up 3
17 December 2017

Chloe Madeley's boyfriend 'stalked' her on Twitter

Chloe Madeley's boyfriend 'stalked' her on Twitter
Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay scrap music career
trending_up 3
18 December 2017

Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay scrap music career

Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay scrap music career
Cara De La Hoyde's newborn son weed, pooped and sicked on her
trending_up 2
18 December 2017

Cara De La Hoyde's newborn son weed, pooped and sicked on her

Cara De La Hoyde's newborn son weed, pooped and sicked on her
Lauren Goodger to spend Christmas with ex's family
trending_up 2
17 December 2017

Lauren Goodger to spend Christmas with ex's family

Lauren Goodger to spend Christmas with ex's family