EastEnders’ Billy Murray thinks former co-star Steve McFadden should be RIDED

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EastEnders’ Billy Murray thinks former co-star Steve McFadden should be RIDED for his hard work as Phil Mitchell in the BBC One soap

Billy Murray has said his former EastEnders co-star Steve McFadden should be knighted for his hard work on the soap.

Steve, 62, notably plays the role of Phil Mitchell, who first appeared in Albert Square in 1990.

Billy, 79, who played gangster Johnny Allen between 2005 and 2006, believes his former colleague deserves credit for being on the BBC One soap for so long.

'He should be Sir Steve': Billy Murray has said his former EastEnders co-star Steve McFadden should be knighted for his hard work on the soap (photo in 2019)

‘He should be Sir Steve’: Billy Murray has said his former EastEnders co-star Steve McFadden should be knighted for his hard work on the soap (photo in 2019)

He told The mirror: ‘Steve McFadden should be knighted. He works so hard. He should be Sir Steve.

“He’s always been to EastEnders and it’s tough working in a soap… Robert De Niro wouldn’t do it, not the big actors.

‘You get a script, learn the rules and then it all changes. It takes a lot of your energy. ‘

Phil Mitchell is arguably one of EastEnders’ most iconic characters and has been involved in many high-profile storylines over the years.

Long-running character: Steve, 62, notably plays the role of Phil Mitchell, who first appeared in Albert Square in 1990 (pictured in 2003)

Long-running character: Steve, 62, notably plays the role of Phil Mitchell, who first appeared in Albert Square in 1990 (pictured in 2003)

Long-running character: Steve, 62, notably plays the role of Phil Mitchell, who first appeared in Albert Square in 1990 (pictured in 2003)

A long time ago: Billy, 79, who played gangster Johnny Allen between 2005 and 2006, believes his former colleague deserves credit for being on the BBC One soap for so long (photo 2005)

A long time ago: Billy, 79, who played gangster Johnny Allen between 2005 and 2006, believes his former colleague deserves credit for being on the BBC One soap for so long (photo 2005)

A long time ago: Billy, 79, who played gangster Johnny Allen between 2005 and 2006, believes his former colleague deserves credit for being on the BBC One soap for so long (photo 2005)

In one of his most famous plots, he was shot by an unknown character in 2001, who was later revealed to be his ex-girlfriend Lisa Shaw (Lucy Benjamin).

Phil quickly became on-screen rivals with Billy’s character Johnny Allen, and things escalated during the soap’s Get Johnny Week in early 2006, which also included Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp).

Johnny was later murdered in October 2006, dying of a heart attack while in prison.

In recent scenes that aired in the series, Phil’s ex-wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) revealed that she wants to get involved in his money laundering program.

To Nothing Good: In recent scenes that aired in the series, Phil's ex-wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) revealed that she wants to get involved in his money laundering program

To Nothing Good: In recent scenes that aired in the series, Phil's ex-wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) revealed that she wants to get involved in his money laundering program

To Nothing Good: In recent scenes that aired in the series, Phil’s ex-wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) revealed that she wants to get involved in his money laundering program

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