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Matt Di Angelo on playing Dean, his EastEnders exit and shooting *those* scenes

© Twitter / Lorraine
© Twitter / Lorraine

As Matt Di Angelo prepares to leave EastEnders, he joined ITV’s Lorraine on her sofa to talk all things Walford. Will there be a happy ending for Mick and Linda this New Year? Will Dean finally pay for his crime? Will it be a Happy New Year for the residents of Albert Square?

On playing the Walford villain, Di Angelo said: “He’s a bad person, you can’t make excuses for him – but it’s my job to find what he’s thinking and find out why he’s doing these things and to put yourself in the mindset of that person. But obviously he is a bad character but it is a lot of fun and it’s what I want to do for a living and I do enjoy my job.

“It’s a challenge every day. I could’ve easily gone back to EastEnders and propped up the bar for a year and cashed my cheque and gone, but I took something on and got my teeth into a part and I really enjoyed it and I’m so grateful to everyone for having me back.”

© BBC
© BBC

Speaking about shooting the New Year’s Day water stunt, the actor said: “It’s a bit different and they spent a lot of money on the episode. We shot stuff over at Pinewood at their underwater tank where they shot James Bond, we were at loads of different locations with cranes and steady cams. Usually we’re at the Vic, and they’ve got 5 cameras, and that’s it – but they’ve really pushed the boat out.

“We know I’m leaving and that’s it. But no one knows how. They are all really lovely people and I’ve always said that about the show. We all know each other and they are all genuinely nice people. I love them all and I miss them.”

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