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James Patrice: 'Simon Harris tweeted after my post... I nearly collapsed'

'Presenter, MC, influencer and gobsh*te' James Patrice tells Barry Egan about bringing Albert Square to Dublin, and how ill health kickstarted his career

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James Patrice. Photo: Steve Humphreys

James Patrice. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Jim as Dot Cotton, Veronica as Pat Butcher and James as Peggy Mitchell in one of the EastEnders takeoffs

Jim as Dot Cotton, Veronica as Pat Butcher and James as Peggy Mitchell in one of the EastEnders takeoffs

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James Patrice. Photo: Steve Humphreys

In 2007, at Scoil Iosa in Malahide, James Patrice sang Hey Big Spender as 'Jacinta' for his Sixth Year graduation. Jacinta was a character he created in school. She had six kids "and zero inhibitions". Zero inhibitions incarnate, James performed the song in a red sequinned jumpsuit in front of the parish priest. He smiles now at the memory.

"I don't think he was ever the same again after my vivacious thrusting."

Some of us will perhaps never be the same again after watching James bring Albert Square in London's East End to his home in Malahide, Co Dublin, in the last month on the internet.