Grant showed impulsive behaviour, a disregard for social rules and an indifference to the feelings of others, particularly the women in his life. Due to his success on The Bill, Peter Cregeen, the Head of Series at the BBC, poached Ferguson to become executive producer of EastEnders. One of EastEnders' most popular and highly rated storylines was "Sharongate", where Grant discovers that his wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) has been having an affair with his brother. Grant tries to move on by dating barmaid Nina Harris (Troy Titus-Adams) for a while, but dumps her after discovering the latter's past as a prostitute. There will never be another like that incredible woman. However he is not completely without showing rare signs of compassion. Grant confronts Ian about keeping the secret for so long and punches him after Ian insults his parenting skills. The brothers reconcile after Phil apologises to Grant for the situation he put them in, and Grant forgives Phil for his actions. So Ross Kemp (who played Grant Mitchell in EastEnders) has just revealed that he doesn't like to be around his former co-star Steven McFadden, you know, his onscreen brother Phil Mitchell. In the latter part of 1989 EastEnders executive producer Michael Ferguson, had taken over from Mike Gibbon. Ross attended Shenfield High School, where he is remembered as an excellent athlete. ... Then there were the Pope brothers, repeat offenders from the area of south-east London that Belmarsh serves. Former EastEnder Shane Richie said he was "absolutely devastated" at the news because "Barbara was a friend as well as my TV boss in the Queen Vic". Ross Kemp and Martin Kemp are not related. ", “Everything I learnt, I learnt from Barbara”Eastenders co-star Danniella Westbrook, who played Peggy Mitchell’s daughter, pays tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor. Grant goes to The Queen Vic where he flirts with Belinda Peacock (Carli Norris). [1], To cast Phil and Grant Mitchell many actors were screen-tested together. "To have the Mitchell brothers come face to face again, having to face losing their mother, is an opportunity to show Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden at their very best. [2] He became restless easily and actively sought the thrill of danger in order to regain excitement in his life, which led to his participation in numerous crimes, fights and affairs. Phil initially insists he does not need Grant's help but then accepts it. Sheridan Smith called her "one of my idols", having met her through David Walliams, who told BBC Radio 4's World at One: "I grew up watching Carry On films on television, for a lot of boys my age it was like a first crush because she was one of the first beautiful, funny dazzling women you ever saw. Because of this, he rarely admitted to being at fault or backed down from an argument. Scotland Yard said Angela Bostock was arrested outside her home in … Ross Kemp – who is on the Loose Women panel – became a dad … Grant and Carla resume their relationship, but Carla's ex-partner Ray (David Kennedy) soon arrives to retrieve £12,000 that Carla has stolen from him. He then returned to the show on 24 October 2005 for a few weeks and returned again between March and June 2006. His mother, Jean, was a hairdresser and his father, John, was a policeman with the Metropolitan Police force. From their time in Spandau Ballet to acting in The Krays, the Kemp brothers have remained supernaturally close. [20] Although he only featured in the show for a period of three weeks initially, his contract was subsequently extended for a further three months, beginning in the spring of 2006. Actors Ross Kemp and Steven McFadden, who played the sons of Dame Barbara Windsor's EastEnders matriarch Peggy Mitchell, have paid … He was named 'Best Actor' at the 1999 and 2006 British Soap Awards,[32][33] as well as the 1998 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards. https://www.smoothradio.com/features/ross-kemp-height-wife-brother-age-facts He was often portrayed as arrogant and egotistical, with an inflated opinion of his own importance. Tier 3 restrictions 'worst-case scenario' for town, 'Don't give up, the storm ends': A message of hope. France replaces lockdown with evening curfew, How Covid changed our lives - in 12 charts, New Uighur cotton evidence 'game-changer' for fashion brands, Bogus reports, accidental finds - the Oxford vaccine story. Grant returns to the square soon after and walks in on Phil and Peggy. The newspaper also relegated the story as it focused today's front page on the other twist to the EastEnders tale, an assault on Ross Kemp's onscreen brother, Steve McFadden, by his ex-girlfriend. Despite the fact that Sharon married Grant initially, EastEnders writer Tony Jordan has revealed in The Mitchells – The Full Story that the love-triangle storyline had been planned since Phil and Grant's introduction, after the writers came to the realisation that Sharon was perfect for them both. ⁰https://t.co/eBzKIDGww4 pic.twitter.com/B5htPdMejs. Kemp departed the role again on 9 June 2006. Kemp's mother Jean was a hairdresser, and his father John was a Detective Chief Inspector in the police force. Grant catches her attempting to steal his money and reacts by dumping her in a litter bin, ending their marriage. Martin and Gary Kemp are in mourning after their parents died within 48 hours of each other. While he has calmed down in recent years, Grant is still feared by people in and around Walford. Mark also works out who Grant is, but Sharon convinces him he is better off with his adoptive father – Tim. Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, said it was "a privilege and honour" to work with Dame Barbara, having watched her in the Carry On films during his youth. A spokesperson from the BBC confirmed, "the door is always open for a return. In response, Grant batters Phil in revenge – leaving him with a ruptured spleen – and bullies Sharon until she flees to the United States. The breathtaking iconic episode, which initially aired in October 1994, saw brothers Grant (Ross Kemp) clash with brother Phil (Steve McFadden) over sleeping with his wife Sharon (Letitia Dean). Past winners of the posh annual event include Scooter Nairns, Luke Goss, Gabrielle, Ronan Keating and Sade. After a brief fling with Julie Cooper (Louise Plowright) and getting involved in various dodgy deals, Grant starts wooing the local barmaid – Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean). Ross Kemp is to reprise his role as EastEnders hardman Grant Mitchell in a family reunion to say goodbye to on-screen mother Peggy.. He mocked the episode's stunts, commenting: "There are so many post-watershed dramas on TV that do these kind of scenes properly that Phil and Grant ended up looking like two little kids playing on a building site. ", A post shared by Shane Richie (@theshanerichie), Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon Mitchell, said the actress "will be missed beyond measure", adding: "They broke the mould when they made Dame Barbara Windsor. Grant leaves, ignoring Phil, who is attempting to tell him about Mark. Dame Barbara Windsor, the woman who always had time for everybody, has sadly left us. Ross, 51, first joined EastEnders in 1990 as one of the hardmen Mitchell brothers, alongside Steve McFadden as Phil. The character has also become a prime suspect in the murder of Sharon's hated boss Eddie Royle (Michael Melia); sparked a longstanding feud with her best-friend Michelle Fowler (Susan Tully); clashed with Peggy's campaign rival George Palmer (Paul Moriarty); developed a close friendship with local shopkeeper Nigel Bates (Paul Bradley); formed a conflict with Sam's former boyfriend David Wicks (Michael French); slept with Nigel's wife Lorraine Wicks (Jacqueline Leonard) they secretly harbored feelings for each other; cheated on Tiffany by having an affair with her mother Louise (Carol Harrison); triggered a rivalry with his archenemy Beppe di Marco (Michael Greco); disputed with Beppe's younger brother Gianni (Marc Bannerman); worked with Palmer's daughter Annie (Nadia Sawalha) on a jointed business venture at the local gym; established an antagonistic business partnership with Phil's would-be sworn nemesis, Steve Owen (Martin Kemp); had a one-night stand with Phil's estranged wife Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth); exonerated Sam for the murder of Sharon's adopted father, Den (Leslie Grantham), by proving to his ex-wife that her stepmother Chrissie (Tracy Ann Oberman) was responsible for the crime; teamed up with Phil to confront their mother's gangland enemy, Johnny Allen (Billy Murray), and get justice for the death of Sharon's adopted brother-turned-second husband Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman) in the Get Johnny Week scenario; infuriated Kathy's son Ian (Adam Woodyatt) after sleeping with his eventual lover Jane (Laurie Brett) prior to their wedding; ended his third ill-fated marriage to Carla (Christianne Oliveira) upon learning that she turned him against Courtney; and discovered that he is the father of Michelle's secret son, Mark (Ned Porteous), in light of coping with losing his mother Peggy to cancer. There’s a character called Ross Kemp – “not that one” – a fictitious third brother who they employ as an accountant and who’s trying to get a new cryptocurrency off the ground. Ross attended Shenfield High School, where he is remembered as an excellent athlete. Producer Corinne Hollingworth has commented: "There were some good actors we had to turn down because we couldn't find the 'right' brother". [5] His quick temper was off-set by a period of genuine remorse and promises that he would change. Lv 5. We sparked off each other. He appeared in a Kellogg's cereal commercial early in his acting career. Craig Fairbrass, who left EastEnders in 2001 having played Dan Sullivan, tweeted that she was a "larger than life proper legend", while Diane Parish, who played Denise Fox, said she would remember "her kindness, and of course laughter". [30], Grant's long-awaited return eventually happened in 2005, during a period of heavy media criticism aimed at EastEnders. [34] Collecting his award, he commented: "People have a go at all soaps, but the people you see on screen are giving their all 52 weeks a year. Grant often displayed laddish, thrill-seeking behaviour; drinking, chasing women, clubbing, gambling and living off of his wits. The character was reintroduced along with his brother Phil. Grant had returned from being a paratrooper in the Army who got involved in the Falklands War. Of the Mitchell brothers' highly publicised return, one reporter commented "Soapville must confess that we did get goosebumps and feel properly excited when we first saw the Mitchell Brothers back on the Square... After all, you associate them with the golden days of Enders". Ross Kemp played notorious hardman Grant Mitchell in EastEnders from 1990-1999 and was consistently at the centre of the drama. Following Dennis' murder, Phil was wracked with guilt for sparking the events of Sharon losing her husband and has vowed revenge on Johnny more than ever. Johnny later orders Danny to kill the brothers and bury them in the woods. He was introduced by producer Michael Ferguson to revamp the show, and originally served as one of the show's leading protagonists throughout the 1990s; with the character first appearing in 22 February 1990 and then departing on 25 October 1999 after Kemp had opted to leave the show in 1999. He reunites with Tiffany to be near his daughter, but by this time his marriage has deteriorated. Barbara Windsor, who has died aged 83, was an entertainer from the age of 13, 'Don't give up, the storm ends': A message of hope. "I sat on the sofa blushing as red as a tomato as I had never seen anyone as beautiful, funny or adorable as Barbara Windsor and I still never have.". She returns briefly to enact revenge, making Grant realise that he is still in love with her, he chooses to be with Sharon over his family. Barbara is a very close friend so when I learned of the storyline, it felt right that the Mitchell brothers are reunited with their mother for the last time. Ross Kemp pleads for help with British Legion Poppy Appeal as collections hit by coronavirus GOT a story? Kemp learned to play bass in three months and performed for the first time with the Gentry at a college party. The plot, which was slated to be aired on Christmas Day 1997, evoked high criticism from female MPs and children's groups, TV clean-up campaigners and church officials, who were all expressive in unanimous condemnation about the BBC's "cynical ploy to win the seasonal ratings war over arch-rival Coronation Street." Ross Kemp became a father to a baby boy by ex-partner Nicola Coleman who was working as his makeup artist at the time. "[34] Kemp also received 'Most Popular Actor' nominations at the 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2006 National Television Awards,[32][35] and British Soap Award nominations for 'Villain of the Year' in 1999,[32] and 'Spectacular Scene of the Year' in 2006, for Grant's brush with death in 'Get Johnny Week'. Grant and Jane both comfort each other, but Ian walks in on them and shouts at Grant for deserting his family. Despite his hot-headed tendencies, Sharon sees a different side to Grant, and when he proposes marriage to her, she accepts on the condition that he buys her childhood home, The Queen Vic, which he does. I will miss Bar always. The breathtaking iconic episode, which initially aired in October 1994, saw brothers Grant (Ross Kemp) clash with brother Phil (Steve McFadden) over sleeping with his wife Sharon (Letitia Dean). He was introduced by producer Michael Ferguson to revamp the show, and originally served as one of the show's leading protagoniststhroughout the 1990s; with the character first appearing in 22 February 1990 and then departing on 25 October 1999 after Kemp had opted to leave the show in 1999. "[22] Kemp returned to filming on 6 April 2016. Ross Kemp visits HMP Belmarsh. During Grant's absence, Phil and Johnny embarked on a feud that led to Dennis and Sharon getting involved. Grant Mitchell is a fictional character from the British soap opera EastEnders, played by Ross Kemp. "[40], Grant and Phil's brotherly confrontation — marking Grant's initial exit in 1999 — was panned by critics. Shock. [32], The character has been the focus of varying EastEnders merchandise in other media, which includes the VHS EastEnders – The Mitchells – Naked Truths[36] and EastEnders: Blood Ties – The Life and Loves of Grant Mitchell, a novelisation written by Kate Lock, which chronicles facts about the character, explores his background and attempts to explain the source of his aggression and vulnerability. "I have so many happy memories and moments that I will always cherish, even when Peggy floored Ian with a punch," he said. [38], Although popular with many viewers, the character has garnered criticism, mainly regarding the way his anti-social behaviour is sensationalised by the programme makers. ", He added: "She was everything you would hope she would be, and more.". Veteran broadcaster Tony Blackburn added that she was a "lovely lady who was always such fun". While he is in prison, Sharon and Phil rekindle their affair, but neither can confess to Grant, and it ends when he is released from prison. From their time in Spandau Ballet to acting in The Krays, the Kemp brothers have remained supernaturally close. Anita Singh; 9 January 2020 • 10:01pm. Mark gets in Grant's car to help him, and they find Ben and Grant scares off the men. Ferguson wanted to introduce a couple of young men who would bring an air of danger, characters who would be "unpredictable" and "bursting with energy". For Grant it was more a marriage of convenience, allowing him access to his daughter, Courtney. When Sam returns to Walford for Peggy's funeral, she reveals that Grant is unable to attend the funeral, although Grant secretly attends, laying a flower and watching from a distance. I n the mountainous jungleland of Hagen, Papua New Guinea, Ross Kemp is searching for The General, leader of a brutally violent criminal gang. My thoughts are with her husband Scott, who could have done no more and who stayed strong for her to the very end pic.twitter.com/vIIJlA9KUW, McFadden, who played Phil, said: "I truly loved Barbara and, like everyone, I am going to miss her terribly. Sun editor Wade was granted a decree nisi at the High Court in London today, reports PA This is Barbara here. "Belize was the first place I was ever given a hand grenade by a gang member". "You know what it means to be the top of the bill, to have the responsibility of carrying the show and and looking after everybody all around you, helping you to move it along and keep it up to scratch, and she had to do it. When Grant discovers this, he is incensed and throws Tiffany out. The storyline signifying his departure played heavily on the Mitchell brothers' fragile and damaged relationship. However, more often than not, Grant reverted to form and when placed under pressure he seemed incapable of controlling his aggression, disregarding all consequences. She then confesses to him that she no longer loves him, before returning to the US, leaving Grant heartbroken. Before Fame. Despite his tough nature, he is also a womanizer and has been involved in several relationships with an array of women – including Julie Cooper (Louise Plowright), Nina Harris (Troy Titus-Adams), and Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin). He admits that he has lost his home and business in Portugal and is in debt. He received widespread attention for his documentary Ross Kemp on Gangs. Grant had difficult marriages to Sharon Watts and Tiffany Mitchell, as well as being at the centre of the famous storyline that saw his brother Phil have an affair with Sharon. Sometimes I can understand, it may be there and you are on the side of justice but most of the time, from what I have seen you are on the wrong side and it looks like you are trying to get some kind of accreditation. Following Sam's release, Grant initially returns to Rio – only to later come back to Walford with Courtney (now played by Megan Jossa), citing family and financial problems back in Brazil. Goodnight sweetheart x. When Tiffany discovers that Grant has had an affair with her mother Louise Raymond (Carol Harrison), she plans to flee to Spain with Courtney. Perry Benson, who plays our brother Ross Kemp (not that one), I have known since we were kids at The Anna Scher Theatre, but the cast was pulled together by Rhys who were huge fans of … It was later revealed that Grant's terrible temper was due to post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by nightmares and scarring memories of his combat in the Falklands War. "We became friends nearly 20 years ago - she was very kind to everybody... she would immediately make everyone feel at ease, immediately make everyone feel happy. Whilst teaming up with Phil and Sharon to prove Sam's innocence, Grant forms a rivalry with her husband Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman) – who had previously teamed up with Den to imprison Phil for robbery. In 2012, Ross married … ... Then there were the Pope brothers, repeat offenders from the area of south-east London that Belmarsh serves. Tracy-Ann Oberman joined the Albert Square cast in 2004, playing Chrissie Watts, the wife of "Dirty" Den. The presenter went from being Rylan Clark to Rylan Clark-Neal after he married Big Brother 2013 contestant Dan Neal in 2015. "She was a small woman but feisty, and she had the biggest, biggest heart in the business," he said. "But she was an extraordinary woman and a great loss.". He pursued a career in acting early on in his life, and trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Subsequently, the plot never came to fruition. Throughout the course of his 1990s duration, Grant established himself as one of the show's most prominent characters. I just want to let you know that I've been watching you on screen and you're fantastic, and if there's anything you need call me'," Oberman said. It is at this point that Grant and Phil have established themselves as the undisputed hardman of the square's local borough – Walford; the pair have spent the entirely of the 1990s decade embarking on criminal activities, amongst other separate shenanigans. Ross Kemp. Larry Lamb, who played Peggy's controlling husband Archie, described her as "an extraordinary woman". His mother, Jean, was a hairdresser and his father, John, was a policeman with the Metropolitan Police force. Grant manages to put behind him his differences with both Phil and Sharon, forgiving Sharon when she confesses that she aborted his child. He comments "Three of the strongest characters that have ever been in EastEnders are the Mitchell brothers and Sharon... when we actually blew that story it was incredible... being able to reach that many people with your work is what makes EastEnders exciting. Knowing he cannot get it, Grant threatens him unless he returns the money. Back to work on the @bbceastenders set today #EastEnders, EastEnders – The Mitchells – Naked Truths, The diary: EastEnding for Tiff as Grant kills her off, "Ross Kemp admits his days in Albert Square could be numbered", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Grant_Mitchell_(EastEnders)&oldid=994456658, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 December 2020, at 20:30. Grant Mitchell is a fictional character from the British soap opera EastEnders, played by Ross Kemp. "You could best describe it by seeing her with the public, with her fans. Sunday, 22 November 2020 ... because they always thought he only had one brother called Philip. By then, Grant and Phil have conducted a plan to cheat some gangsters by intercepting a drug deal and stealing a large amount of cash – in order to take care of their debts. "Too many to comprehend. Grant would not find out that the baby is his until years later. The actor, who played Alfie Moon and was recently in ITV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, wrote on Instagram: "She will always be my Duchess. Carla and Ray resume their affair and plan to fleece Grant for £25,000. Grant tells Courtney that Phil killed Peggy. Their relationship was a typical portrayal of unrequited love on Tiffany's side and was fraught with tragedy and drama. The impact escalated after Dennis humiliated Johnny on Christmas Day 2005, which prompted Johnny to throttle Sharon with an ultimatum; Dennis will be killed unless she and him leave Walford for good. Eventually the band was renamed Spandau Ballet and Kemp left his printing job to concentrate on the band full-time. [6], The Mitchell brothers quickly became two of the soap's most popular characters and storylines involving the brothers soon began to dominate the programme. I didn't even watch the soaps when I was in them because it's like a coal miner coming home and staring at the coal scuttle—I was never a great lover of watching myself act. Executive producer, Kate Harwood, commented: "We are so pleased that Ross will be back on the show. He has a brother named Darren who is a documentary producer for the BBC. [2] Steve McFadden was given the role of Phil. Elsewhere in the TV world, Phillip Schofield called the actress "gorgeous", adding that she was "a real icon, showbiz lost a lot of sparkle today". An example of this was that he was one of the few people who offered support to Mark Fowler when he was isolated by the rest of Albert Square (led ironically by Grant's mother, Peggy), because of his HIV illness. Courtney calls Grant, who is staying with Aunt Sal (Anna Karen) due to losing his villa and bar in Portugal, for help after Ben and Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) are kidnapped by the men who attacked Ben and killed his boyfriend Paul Coker (Jonny Labey). Kemp was an actor with a stocky, muscular build and shaven hair, making him an ideal choice to play one of Walford's latest "tough-men". He has a brother named Darren who is a documentary producer for the BBC. Sharon decides to go to the police and finds Grant outside the police station as a result of being drunk and disorderly. Of the two brothers Grant was the more volatile, but both had a sense of physical danger about them, and both displayed stereotypical masculinity, thuggish behaviour and a tendency to resolve problems through violence. Grant and Dennis soon put their differences aside to help Phil with their conflict against Johnny Allen (Billy Murray), the local gangland kingpin who holds a grudge against the Mitchell brothers because of their mother – Peggy (Barbara Windsor). Grant tries to persuade Sharon to go to Portugal with him but she declares her love for Phil. Grant’s high-profile return, which aired in October 2005, proved to be a ratings success. [1] Two major new characters, the Mitchell brothers, made their first appearance in February 1990. 1 decade ago. This resulted in Dennis beating up Johnny, who then ordered Jake's brother Danny (Jake Maskall) – his henchman – to kill Dennis. While the character mellowed in his later years, such behaviour was still apparent. Family Life Ross Kemp played notorious hardman Grant Mitchell in EastEnders from 1990-1999 and was consistently at the centre of the drama. June Brown, who played Dot Cotton in the soap for 35 years, said when she first met the actress she was "tiny, bright, bubbly, pretty and friendly to everyone - she soon became loved by all the cast". The newspaper also relegated the story as it focused today's front page on the other twist to the EastEnders tale, an assault on Ross Kemp's onscreen brother, Steve McFadden, by his ex-girlfriend. However, Grant discovers her plan and retrieves Courtney. Grant is desperate for a child, and when he discovers Sharon is still taking contraception, he smashes up the pub and then disappears. "[18], After nearly six years away, Kemp was lured back to EastEnders for a fixed period in order to reunite the Mitchell family on-screen. 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