Ricky Norwood's love split mirrors real life

'EastEnders' Ricky Norwood's on-screen love split reflected his own heartbreak after he was dumped by Sugababes singer Jade Ewen last year

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'EastEnders' Ricky Norwood's on-screen love split reflected his own heartbreak.

The actor had no trouble crying in scenes where his character Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb was left by prostitute Whitney Dean, as it reminded him of how he was dumped by Sugababes singer Jade Ewen last year.

He told Inside Soap magazine: "Those scenes really choked me up. I was channelling feelings from my real-life break-up - it was like exorcising something.

"It was good for the soul and I was really proud of the episode when I watched it back."

Ricky dated Jade from 2009 until September last year, and said he was planning to propose before she left him.

He said since the split he has put things behind him, and is now excited about his nomination for Funniest Male at this year's Inside Soap Awards.

He said: "It's an honour and a privilege."

However, if Ricky were looking for love, 'The Only Way is Essex' star Gemma Collins has previously admitted she has a crush on him.

She said: "I met Ricky Norwood at the TRIC Awards and sparks were flying. He may play Fatboy in EastEnders, but this boy ain't fat - he's scorching!

"I well fancy him and I'm hoping we'll bump into each other again soon. Yummy!"

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