EastEnders star Leslie Grantham aims to be big in Bulgaria
Leslie Grantham, who played 'Dirty' Den Watts in EastEnders, is now appearing in a television series in Bulgaria.
As "Dirty" Den Watts, Leslie Grantham was once watched in a Christmas Day episode of EastEnders by more than half the British population. Now, he is taking a road less travelled.
The 63-year-old actor is starring in a Bulgarian television programme, The English Neighbour, about a chemist who retires to a remote village in the east European state.
"At first, I thought it was a British series being filmed in Bulgaria, but then they told me it was actually a Bulgarian series and I would be the only English person in it," says Grantham. "I start off subtitled and then I speak Bulgarian."
He adds: "The English assume that any former Communist country must be a Third-World country. Yes, it's a developing nation, but it's also so peaceful here."
The actor is scathing about television back home. "TV used to be like newspapers," he says. "News was the main thing, especially on the BBC. There would be some light entertainment, but also a lot of serious stuff. Now it's all frivolous, celebrity lose weight, celebrity change your wardrobe ... "
Grantham adds: "If you offer a starving man dog pooh, he's going to eat it. They've been told they should watch it and so they do; it's moving wallpaper for the eyes. We now have satellite TV – about 200 channels – but, as my wife says, 'all you look at is old movies and football'."