EastEnders stuntman in 'critical condition'

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

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The stuntman was standing in for Neil McDermott when the incident occurred

The stuntman was standing in for Neil McDermott when the incident occurred

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."

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