Steve McFadden crashes for crack
'EastEnders' actor Steve McFadden went on a crash diet for his upcoming crack cocaine storyline in the BBC One soap.
Steve McFadden went on a "crash diet" for his crack addict storyline.
The 'EastEnders' actor - who plays stocky hardman Phil Mitchell in the BBC One soap - admits he was forced to go on an extreme diet for the upcoming story.
He told TV Times magazine: "I've lost quite a bit of weight for this drugs storyline. I'm the slimmest I've been for ages. I did it with a crash diet, which I normally wouldn't advocate. I thought it was important to lose weight as I don't think food is very high on Phil's list of priorities!"
Although he is desperately trying to lose weight, Steve also binged on ice cream and carbonated drinks, to help him get into character.
He said: "After my first day of shooting the crack story, I went and ate two ice creams and some fizzy drinks - you know, food that real addicts crave. Then I fell asleep in my dressing room for two hours."
It is not known if Phil's downfall will be linked to the departure of his screen mother Peggy Mitchell (Barbara Windsor), but he is due to experience a turbulent few months as he copes with his son Ben's stay in a detention centre and his ex-wife Lisa Fowler's return to Albert Square to battle for custody of their daughter Louise.
He said: "I'm really tired and my eyes are sore - doing a storyline like this drains the life out of you."
It has previously been claimed that the long-standing character will not be shown taking the drugs on the television because of 'EastEnders' pre-watershed timeslot.