EastEnders newbie Jamie Foreman says being on the show is “brilliant”

by Lynn Connolly

Jamie Foreman, who has of course recently joined the cast of EastEnders in the role of Derek Branning, has been telling Daybreak viewers that being on the show is “brilliant.”

Jamie, who first appeared on EastEnders in 1991 in a cameo role as a contractor, also revealed that he’s hoping to put some of his own personality into his character, to make him more believable.

He said, “I’ve played a lot of those kind of characters [villains] before, but I try to bring something different to each one of them…

“I think when you hit a show like this, you want to hit the floor running, and you want to make him warm and make the audience take to him as quickly as possible…

“So you keep him a little bit close to yourself. Not necessarily all the nasty things he does, but the mannerisms, the way he is, the way he moves, that kind of thing.”

Jamie – who’s the son of notorious ‘60s gangster Freddie ‘Brown Bread Fred’ Foreman – added that he’s settled into the cast well.

He said, “It’s brilliant. I’ve walked onto the show with all these guys who are so fantastic.

“I’ve just slid in like I’ve been there all my life! It’s been fantastic fun.

“And it’s a character who you can do anything you want with; I love those. It’s very easy work.”

Jamie is of course arguably best known for playing the role of Duke in the 2004 movie Layer Cake, but he’s also starred as Bill Sikes in Roman Polanski’s dark adaptation of Oliver Twist. He also appeared alongside Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke in Gary Oldman’s Nil by Mouth.

He also starred in Family, alongside former EastEnder Martin Kemp, who played Steve Owen. Here’s a clip from that drama…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.