EastEnders star Steve McFadden’s ex arrested after allegedly attacking him

by Lynn Connolly

It’s been reported today that the ex-girlfriend of EastEnders star Steve McFadden – who plays Phil Mitchell – has been arrested after allegedly attacking him.

According to the Sun, Dr Rachel Sidwell was arrested at her home at 7.30am yesterday, and she subsequently spent the rest of the day in police custody. She was released last night.

The paper states that after the attack, Steve “suffered injuries” including scratches on his face and back that were bleeding heavily when the police arrived.

Steve and Dr Sidwell, who have a two year old daughter together, split in 2009 after originally becoming an item in 2008. Their daughter was just 10 weeks old when Steve and Dr Sidwell, a dermatologist, separated.

She left her husband Dr James Green to live with Steve, however, she and her husband have now reconciled and she once again lives with him and their children in London.

After their break up, Dr Sidwell was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after Steve found his motorbike had been damaged.

At the time of their split, friends of Dr Sidwell claimed they were worried about her health as she struggled to come to terms with the separation.

One friend told the Mirror, “Rachel’s doing the best she can in the circumstances but gave up her life to be with Steve.

“She chose to leave her husband and children and give up a contented and fulfilling life.

“It was a case of love at first sight when she met Steve. But it all turned sour very quickly. Rachel is a different person now.

“She was warm, curvy and bubbly. Now she’s shedding pounds every day.

“She cries all day and feels lost and unloved. It’s tragic to see her so sad.”

And with regard to yesterday’s incident, a police spokesman said, “This morning, a woman in her 40s was arrested in connection with the investigation.”

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.