Sunday 22 October 2017

Fenwick nervous over Olympics role

Perry Fenwick will carry the Olympic Torch during an episode of EastEnders, as his character Billy Mitchell
Perry Fenwick will carry the Olympic Torch during an episode of EastEnders, as his character Billy Mitchell

EastEnders star Perry Fenwick has been having nightmares about losing his trousers while carrying the Olympic Flame through Walford.

Viewers will see the actor's hapless alter-ego Billy Mitchell hold the torch live in a special episode of the BBC1 soap later this month.

Fenwick, 50, told the Radio Times: "I come in of a morning and do a few laps of Albert Square.

"I basically want to find every pothole so the crew can fill them in. I've started thinking, 'God, it's not far away now'."

He added: "I've been having these bizarre actor/athlete dreams where I've got no trousers on or I'm tripping up. It's a weird blurring of fiction and reality."

Fenwick will be carrying the torch on July 23 on its way to the London 2012 Games, past soap landmarks such as the launderette and the Queen Vic.

The EastEnders episode will feature live footage of the star carrying the Olympic Flame while being cheered on by some of Albert Square's famous residents.

Fenwick told the magazine: "My main concerns are remember my lines, don't fall over and don't let the torch go out.

"If I can achieve that on the night and do a little bit of acting on top, then I'll be thrilled. Hopefully, there'll be a large gin and tonic waiting for me in my dressing room afterwards."

He added: "The fact that an extra couple of million people will tune in to see whether I fall over is a pressure in itself."

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