EastEnders newcomer Brian Conley has confirmed to Metro.co.uk that his character will be embroiled in a passionate relationship with a Walford regular – but who does he manage to charm?
The comedian teased about Covid filming: ‘The BBC are really on it. That’s why the episodes are shorter – there’s a lot of lines done to tennis ball; it’s a lot harder for everyone else but I’ve only just got there so it’s just what we do for me.
‘Outside, it feels a bit more natural – it can be more spaced out, have more people, be banterous – but inside, you have to be even more spot on. We do Covid-19 tests all the times and I have to do a scenes with a certain lady – so my wife has to come in for a bit of a cuddle!
‘It’s weird but that’s what we have to do! They have to shut off the heating – everyone thinks I am nervous but I am just freezing.’
He continued: ‘Everyone thinks I’m Martin Kemp! He makes a lady laugh – if you can do that, things can happen. I do make a lot of them laugh. He’s a smoothie, a romantic – Rocky tens to chip away at them. But he ends up being a bit of a gentleman – I can tell they’re writing for me now. He can’t hide behind this façade of stories and cheeky chappiness!’
So what else can he tell us about Rocky?
Brian grinned: ‘We just got a phone call out of the blue. I was about to Scrooge – in a global pandemic, we got 11 shows done, check it out online, I get emotional in my closing speech. It was an honour, we were never there for the money, it cost so much but we just wanted to put something out to say we’re still out there.
‘Then I got this phone call just before, they have this character, they want me in it! I was really lucky – they hadn’t even seen my legs. I was so lucky not to have an audition – I am terrible at it. If Covid wasn’t around, I’d be tied up with a show that’s no longer running – I would’ve taken anyway but the stars aligned.’
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