David Essex promises 'tearful' 'Enders exit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 September 2011
David Essex

David Essex

David Essex promises there will be ''lots of tears'' during his 'EastEnders' exit scenes, thanks to an ''emotional and soul-baring'' farewell storyline

David Essex promises there will be "lots of tears" during his 'EastEnders' exit scenes.

The 70s heartthrob - who plays Eddie Moon in the BBC One soap - explained the "emotional and soul-baring" storylines his alter-ego has been subjected to throughout his time on the show have made portraying the character has been "challenging and interesting".

He said: "Let's put it this way - there were lots of tears during one of my final scenes at the boxing gym. It was very powerful, and myself and the other Moon boys were crying our eyes out.

"The emotional and soul-baring things that Eddie has had to deal with have made it so challenging and interesting for me. Great credit has to go to the show's executive producer, Bryan Kirkwood. They've given me some brilliant stuff to do."

With Eddie set to realise his girlfriend Vanessa Gold (Zoe Lucker) and his own son Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd) have been plotting his demise for months, David admitted playing such a troubled soul was an "all-consuming" experience.

He added to Inside Soap magazine: "It was a bundle of mixed emotions when I was filming my farewell, really. 'EastEnders' is an all-consuming programme so it'll be nice to get a bit of my life back.

"But at the same time, I'm going to miss the friends I've made there, and the wonderful actors I've had the privilege of working with."

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