News from Walford way today begins with Tony Discipline, who’s told the Daily Mail that from a very young age, his parents supported him – despite some reticence – in his ambition to become an actor.
Tony of course plays Tyler Moon in EastEnders, and of the road that led him to the role, and his parents’ part in it, he said, “My dad has always been the type of geezer to get behind you no matter what.
“Whatever I said I wanted to do he would be behind me 100% without questioning it. He wasn’t against it but said, ‘if you are going to do it, do it properly, get yourself to class’.
“My mum was a bit apprehensive but only because she wanted me to be secure in life, but as soon as she knew I was serious about the acting she was fully behind me as well. I have really supportive parents.
“When I got the role my mum was over the moon, if you’ll excuse the pun. I remember coming in after getting the phone call and she was just as happy and excited as I was, jumping up and down…
“I rang my dad and told him and he got a bit choked up to be honest. My dad is a massive fan of EastEnders. He was made up for me to get a part in it.”
And it seems that Tony’s settled in well with the other members of the cast.
He added, “The big thing about EastEnders is when you turn up, everybody makes you feel at home right away.
“You are made to feel welcome but it takes six to eight months for you to feel comfortable with yourself, being with all these big stars, being part of the show, being in the Queen Vic and iconic places like that which you have grown up watching.
“Now, I feel like it is home.”
And of course, another EastEnder who may well consider the set to be a second home is Letitia Dean, who’s shortly due to reprise her role as Sharon Watts.
As fans of the show will know, when we last saw Sharon, she was mourning the death of her lover Dennis Rickman – who was her dad Dennis’s son, but to whom she wasn’t actually related, given she was adopted – and she left Walford pregnant.
When Sharon returns, she’ll have her son with her, and though undoubtedly all the cast will welcome Letitia back, Steve McFadden is especially looking forward to her return.
He of course plays Phil Mitchell, who has a chequered history with Sharon, given he had an affair with her when she was married to his brother Grant (Ross Kemp).
However, of Letitia’s return to the show, Steve told The People, “I’m happy about her returning. I reckon they must have some good plots in the pipeline for us.
“Letitia is a pretty lady so they’ll probably put her behind the bar or give her a central storyline.
“Now she’s coming back, I’m sure it will be brilliant.”
Letitia is expected to be on our screens again within the next month, but in the meantime, here’s a reminder of how Sharon and Phil’s affair began…