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Legendary actor Alan Ford joins EastEnders as Billy Mitchell’s estranged dad

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Legendary actor Alan Ford joins EastEnders as Billy Mitchell's estranged dad

Alan Ford is set to join the cast of EastEnders in the New Year. Ford, with a career that stretches back over five decades, has made a name for himself in the world of gangster flicks, with performances in cinematic gems like Snatch, Riot Club, and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, will take on the role of Stevie Mitchell, Billy Mitchell’s estranged dad.

Ford expressed his delight on joining the long-running EastEnders cast, he commented, “I feel highly delighted to be playing a character close to my own age in this extremely popular television drama series.”

Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick, grew up in care after Stevie took sole custody of his brother Charlie. Over twenty-five years has passed since they had their last off-screen encounter. As the Mitchells get ready to bid farewell to Aunt Sal, Stevie also arrives in Walford. But it’s clear right away that nobody is happy to have him around.

Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw also shared his excitement about Ford’s addition to the show, stating, “It’s an honor to welcome the immensely talented Alan Ford to the cast of EastEnders as he takes on the role of Stevie Mitchell. Whilst Billy has been a stalwart in the show for over 25 years, viewers know very little about his complicated childhood and the events that led him to grow up in care. “

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Ford started his acting career in the 1960s and gained recognition in the 1970s for his portrayal of tough and villainous characters.

One of Ford’s most notable roles is as Brick Top in the 2000 crime-comedy film “Snatch,” directed by Guy Ritchie. His portrayal of the menacing gangster received critical acclaim and has become one of his most iconic performances. Ford’s memorable and often humorous lines in the film added to his popularity among audiences.

Before gaining international fame with “Snatch,” Ford was commonly seen in British films and TV shows, often playing tough-guy roles. Some of his notable appearances include “The Sweeney,” “Minder,” and “The Bill.”

Fans of EastEnders can look forward to seeing this strong actor’s performance and uncovering more about Billy Mitchell’s past in the upcoming episodes.

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