Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Brian Conley: I cried the first time I walked onto Albert Square

Brian Conley (BBC/PA)
Brian Conley (BBC/PA)

Brian Conley has said he cried the first time he walked onto Albert Square because he “appreciated how many other people would die to be here”.

The actor and West End star, 59, has joined the cast of EastEnders.

He will play Terry Cant, the father of Sonia Fowler, in the BBC One soap.

Pride of Britain Awards 2017 – London
(Ian West/PA)

He said: “There’s so many of my friends who are not in this position, and I cannot tell you how lucky I am.

“And that’s why when I was on that square the first time, I cried.

“Because I appreciated how many other people would die to be here and would die to just be part of the business that I personally, and so many of my friends, have grown up in.

“In two years’ time I will have been in this game for 50 years.

“I started professionally when I was 12.

“I went to stage school and I had my equity card at 12, and I paid my way at school doing adverts, doing this doing that.

“And so I’ve grown up and I have had serious withdrawal symptoms during this lockdown.”

TV Choice Awards – London
(Ian West/PA)

Conley also revealed he has had to deliver lines while looking at a tennis ball rather than one of his fellow cast members because of coronavirus restrictions on set.

He said it is difficult “because you can’t play off” other actors and he has been rehearsing at home using tennis balls to get used to it.

“I put a tennis ball on a stick, just so that I’m used to doing it, and I even call it Sonia,” he said.

EastEnders airs weekdays on BBC One.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]