EastEnders’ star who almost quit acting after 2 years of failed auditions before landing job on soap

EastEnders has confirmed to be the launching pad for some of Britain’s biggest acting abilities and for some, it has confirmed to be their largest lifeline.

The leisure trade is notoriously unforgiving; a pair of unsuccessful auditions and prolonged interval time of the display screen may imply the tip of a profession.

One of EastEnders’ most beloved actors almost confronted the same destiny before landing a job on the cockney soap, and critically thought-about giving up acting all collectively.

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John Partridge performed the position of Christian Clarke for eight years on-and-off (2008–2012, 2014–2016) and starred because the brother of Jane Beale and accomplice of Syed Masood.

Fans will have the same opinion that there was by no means a boring second when John was on the sq., whether or not or not it’s his fiery clashes with brother-in-law Ian Beale or battles with the mom of his accomplice, Zainab.

Speaking on ‘This Morning’ in 2010, the 49-year-old actor spoke on the profession turmoil that he skilled previous to landing a job on EastEnders.

He stated: “I used to be coming as much as 36 and had been by means of a spate of about ten auditions the place they have been identical to, ‘Nope – subsequent’.

“You’re ready for the telephone to ring with not even a job supply – with the prospect of perhaps getting an audition.


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“At 36, having my entire self value wrapped up in ready for the telephone to ring was changing into actually, actually tough. That’s the factor about this sport – it is fixed rejection.

“I did almost pack it in. I had six months the place I stated to the agent, ‘Don’t name’. [He thought] I used to be simply having a second however I actually did not need to do it.

“With the decision from ‘EastEnders’, I used to be like, ‘I’m not moving into, I’m by no means going to get it’.

“I trod off to the primary audition and I learn appallingly, actually appallingly. But they noticed one thing in me and known as me again.”

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His storylines have been principally targeted on his relationship with Syed, however his different storylines have included a friendship with Roxy Mitchell and being concerned within the popping out of Ben Mitchell.

He left the present in May 30, 2016. However his profession has not skilled the identical dry spell because it did previous to strolling onto the set of Albert Square. John’s charisma and on display screen presence led to him landing gigs on a present of a barely totally different selection.

The 2018 version of Celebrity Masterchef noticed the Lancashire-born actor, beat out stiff competitors from Martin Bayfield and Spencer Matthews to win the prize.

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He additionally went on to look on Channel 5’s Greatest Talent Show Moments, to debate the judging on Over The Rainbow.

It will come as no shock to followers to know that John’s abilities lengthen to the world of theatre and stage given his full of life persona; showing as King Rat within the pantomime Dick Whittington on the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, in addition to starring within the UK Tour of Cabaret, alongside Anita Harris and Kara Lily Hayworth.

It’s tough to think about a world the place John Partridge did not fill the sneakers of Christian Clarke on EastEnders and much more unimaginable to image a world the place he wasn’t acting altogether, fortunately none of us should!

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