Ross Boatman has recently made his long awaited debut on EastEnders playing Harvey Monroe and it appears he’s already caused drama.
The star, 57 from Camden, is the protective father of Dana whose storyline is being the love interest of Bobby Beale.
What you may not know about him is that the EastEnders newbie auditioned for a part in the soap five or six times before landing his current role, according to The List.
The star was desperate to get a role on the show, and admitted he’s always been a fan.
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Ross Boatman is a keen poker player
“Others dream about the bright lights of London’s West End,” he once said.
“All I ever wanted was jellied eels, Albert Square and cheeky pint at The Queen Vic.”
Before this, Ross had a hugely successful role as firefighter Kevin Medhurst in the hit drama London’s Burning that ran from 1988 until 2002.
The show, based on the original movie by the same title, focused on a group of firefighters who worked at the fictional Blackwallfire station and offered bundles of entertainment to it’s viewers at the time.
The London’s Burning legend recently joined BBC One soap EastEnders as the cabbie and father of Dana Monroe.
As well as being an actor, the star is also a professional poker player and a member of the poker-playing group the Hendon Mob.
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He has always had a passion for poker and started to play at a very young age after begging his brother if he could join in on a game.
At the age of 12, he made a regular habit of playing during school hours, particularly outside his school gym and his local pool hall where he learnt more about the strategy of poker playing.
From then on he found success after being invited to play on a late night poker series television programme.
Now he takes parts at different events where he has done well in securing top places during matches.