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Saturday 16 December 2017

Essex: Wonderful to work with son

David Essex stars in Traveller
David Essex stars in Traveller

David Essex has said it was "a privilege" to work with his son Billy Cook on a film.

The 66-year-old actor and singer worked with Billy on the movie Traveller, which follows a gypsy as he tries to adjust to the 21st century and leave his roots behind.

David said: "He (Billy) was asked to go up initially for a supporting role, and they gave him the lead. I met the director about playing the head gypsy, a character called Blackberry. I liked the script; I like the fact it was an insight into English travellers.

"I was a bit nervous because it's an enormous part, but Billy was tremendous, he was a privilege to work with. We only had two or three scenes together, but it was lovely to see him work."

The star has combined his film and music careers and also appeared in EastEnders as Eddie Moon in 2011, a part he joked gave him new fame.

David said of being in the soap: "It was fast and furious, but I think if you can do something like EastEnders, you can do anything.

"I was at Radio 2 the other day to do an interview, and there were lots of kids outside waiting for a boy band, that sadly I'd never heard of, and it was like 'Eddie Moon. Look. It's Eddie Moon!', like I hadn't existed before that part."

:: Traveller is released in selected cinemas and VOD (Video On Demand) on December 6.

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