EastEnders stuntman in 'critical condition'
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 June 2011
An 'EastEnders' stuntman has been left in a critical condition after falling from a pier while standing in for Neil McDermott (Ryan Malloy) during a fight scene
An 'EastEnders' stuntman has been left in a critical condition after falling from a pier.
The 21-year-old action man - thought to be from Liverpool - was standing in for actor Neil McDermott (Ryan Malloy) when a violent gust of wind threw him off balance during a fight scene in which he discovers his younger sister, troubled teen Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty), is a prostitute.
Being sent tumbling from the promenade, he then smashed his head on a group of rocks.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "In the shoot, Neil's character finds out his sister, Whitney, is a prostitute and tracks down her pimp to a pier.
"The two come to blows but the scene went wrong and one of them fell off. I heard one of the paramedics say that he was moving, but it looked like a very serious incident."
The stuntman - whose name has not been revealed - was taken to Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex, after the fall in nearby Southend-On-Sea.
A spokesman for the BBC One soap said: "We can confirm that a stuntman was injured. We all wish him a speedy recovery."