Frankie Dettori learnt English by watching EastEnders

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 March 2021
Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori

Jockey Frankie Dettori learnt English by tuning into BBC One soap 'EastEnders' when he was a teenager

Frankie Dettori learnt English by watching 'EastEnders'.

The 50-year-old jockey – who was born in Milan, but came to England when he was 14 years old – credits the BBC One soap with helping him get by in England during his teenage years.

He said: "It was very hard, the language barrier and obviously I was from Italy, so I was picked on and a bit bullied.

"The first three months was difficult because of the language and the food, everything.

"I was spending my life watching 'EastEnders'."

Frankie also picked up some Cockney rhyming slang from a pal.

Speaking on 'The Harry Redknapp Show' podcast, he added: "Then I shared a room with a Cockney guy and he used to teach me apples and pairs and sky rocket – I had no idea what he was saying."

What's more, football manager Harry has been vocal about wanting a part in the soap.

In January, he said: "My ambition for 2021 is to get a part in 'EastEnders' because I’m a real east ender. I grew up in Poplar, so have a real affinity with the area.

"I’ve already worked out my character and this is the scene ...

"Mick Carter and his regular punters are in The Vic. They’re at the bar, having a drink, and one of ’em says, ‘ere, you heard Redknapp has moved back in the area?’ and another says, ‘Nah, he’s moved to that posh Sandbanks’.

"Mick then says, ‘Nah, he’s had enough of it. He’s come back’. At this point, I come into the pub, they turn around looking shocked and I say, ‘I’ve moved around the corner’.

"Mick then says, ‘Harry is back ’cause we’re starting up a little business. A bit of this, bit of that’. I’ve already written the script so now all the show’s bosses need to do is to call me up. I’d like to be in it for a year – before they bump me off or something."

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