EastEnders fans thrilled as kids TV legend appears in special throwback episode

EastEnders fans were thrilled to see a beloved children's TV star crop up in the BBC soap's shocking throwback episode.

The one-off special aired on Monday and exposed the origins behind the long-held grudge DCI Samantha Keeble (Alison Newman) has for the Mitchell family.

Starring Jaime Winstone as a young Peggy Mitchell, the episode confirmed Phil and Grant's father Eric (George Russo) had murdered Keeble's father in 1979.

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The Mitchell patriarch brutally gunned down the security guard in cold blood following Phil's refusal to do so.

Keeble's murder followed the crime family's botched robbery of a warehouse which also involved Grant and Billy Mitchell.

Portrayed by Christopher Pizzey, eagle-eyed EastEnders fans were quick to recognise the actor as Mr Stephen from The Basil Brush Show and shared their surprised delight in a series of online tweets.

One fan wrote: "Living for Mr Stephen from Basil Brush having a career resurgence in EastEnders."

Another commented: "Obsessed with Keeble's dad being Steven from Basil Brush as well as Sarah Jane Smith's dad."

Meanwhile, a third said: "Omg, the security guard is Mr Stephen from Basil Brush!"

A fourth fan commented: "That security guard used to hang with Basil Brush."

A fifth asked: "Isn't that Steven from Basil Brush?" while another fan concluded: "Omg Christopher Pizzey."

Before playing DCI Keeble's security guard father, Pizzey portrayed Mr Stephen on Basil Brush.

In 2008, he also starred as Eddie Smith in the Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Pizzey's other acting credits include a role in a recent Hollywood blockbuster.

The actor starred alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Famke Janssen and Cush Jumbo in The Postcard Killings which dropped to Amazon Prime earlier this year.


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