Ross Kemp up for EastEnders return at 'right time'
- Bang Showbiz
- 2 February 2015
Ross Kemp is up for reprising his character Grant Mitchell in 'EastEnders' if the right "opportunity comes along"
Ross Kemp is up for a return to 'EastEnders'.
The 50-year-old actor originally starred as cockney tough guy Grant Mitchell from 1990 until 1999 and he insists if the right storyline came up he would be up for coming back to Walford.
Speaking about whether he would ever return to the show, he said: "I've got no problems with going back there. It was 10 years of my life; some of it was happy, some of it wasn't so happy but I enjoyed most of it, or I wouldn't have stayed there so long. Yeah, if the opportunity comes along and it's the right time, definitely, why not."
Since initially leaving the BBC soap - which will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a week of live episodes later this month - the father-of-one has returned for two short stints in 2005 and 2006, but he admits his desire to stay away from the show comes from him not wanting to be defined by the role.
He told BBC Radio 2: "We like to pigeon-hole people, particularly in this country."
As well as appearing in 'EastEnders' Ross has garnered critical acclaim for his documentary series 'Ross Kemp on Gangs', but his former co-star Steve McFadden - who portrays his on-screen brother Phil Mitchell - remains keen for the investigative journalist to return to Walford.
Steve previously said: "I am up for Ross coming back. It would certainly be interesting."