David Essex quits EastEnders

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 August 2011
David Essex

David Essex

David Essex is quitting his role as Eddie Moon in 'EastEnders' to re-launch a music career in time for Christmas

David Essex is quitting his role in 'EastEnders' to re-launch a music career.

The 70s heartthrob - who plays Eddie Moon in the BBC One soap - will be bowing out of Albert Square in mid-October in the hope of reviving his once successful pop career and releasing an acoustic album in time for Christmas.

He said: "It's been wonderful - really, really challenging, intimidating and it does take over your life, but I've been blessed because I've worked with wonderful actors.

"That was my circle that I worked with, and the level of performance from those actors and the pressure we're at, it's just incredible. There's this kind of galvanised quality of a family under pressure! I really enjoy it."

Speaking about his new album, he added to ITV1's 'This Morning': "It's got a lot of my previous hits and some new songs. I'm very pleased how it's going."

However, David's 'EastEnders' alter-ego doesn't look set to be leaving Walford quietly, as he admitted he has been working on a series of "powerful" exit plots, but producers are leaving the "door ajar" for a potential return in the future.

He explained: "Eddie's story lines from now until October are phenomenal. They're so powerful.

"They're leaving the door ajar for me. It's tricky. I'd like to go back, but it's time, really. And I do feel blessed that I seem to be able to work in so many different mediums."


1. Ann Jones19 Aug 2011, 6:32pm Report

I resent your comments that David Essex is leaving Eastenders to relaunch his musical career. In actual fact David is leaving so that he can take his own musical All The Fun Of The Fair on tour from September. He has been producing albums over the years and is as popular as he ever was. As you can tell I am an ardent fan and have followed him ever since he appeared in Godspell many years ago.

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