No more Fatboy! EastEnders star Ricky Norwood plays "vile" character in radio play

Published Monday, Feb 15 2016, 11:58 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Ricky Norwood has landed his first role since leaving EastEnders.

Ricky, best known for playing Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb in the BBC One soap, revealed via Twitter that he has completed his first ever radio play.

Ricky Norwood at the National Lottery Awards 2015 held at the London Studios - Arrivals - 11 September 2015.

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The actor lends his voice to Romeo and Jude, an adaptation of William's Shakespeare's iconic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, and plays the equivalent of Tybalt, who is a far cry from the character he played on EastEnders.

Romeo and Jude is a modern take on the famous tale, but instead it focuses on a gay relationship. Ricky stars in the Amazon Audible radio play with Game of Thrones' Owen Teale and Pride's Matthew Tennyson.

Ricky explained in a series of tweets: "Finally! Can let u all know abt my 1st radio play. Great experience. Great cast and a character that is miles 4m fat's! Just know that the character I play is vile, violent, homophobic and really not a nice guy. Was an experience to play some1 soo different. He does have a journey tho.. Hopefully I done the character and the play justice" [sic].

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As Fatboy in EastEnders.

Aside from his recent appearances on the Celebrity Big Brother Bit On The Side panel last month, Ricky was last seen on screen in EastEnders over Christmas when Fatboy was killed off after being crushed in a car where he was locked up in the boot.

Ricky played the role of Fatboy for six years, but his time on the soap came to an end when show bosses decided to write him out. However, Fatboy's grisly end was a talking point among users on social media, with many sad to see the character go.

Some fans even started a petition to bring Fatboy back, something which Ricky was stunned to see. "It's actually crazy to see that you guys [love] Fat's this much," he tweeted at the time. "Petitions, outrage on FB and Twitter [love] you two."

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