EastEnders‘ Bobby Brazier has revealed which actors he looks up to on set following his win at this year’s National Television Awards (NTAs).
The actor joined the cast of EastEnders in the role of Freddie Slater in 2022, earning the award the Rising Star award at last night’s (September 5) ceremony. Brazier was up against fellow soap stars Lewis Cope (Emmerdale) and Channique Sterling-Brown (Coronation Street) as well as The Devil’s Hour‘s Benjamin Chivers.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press following his win, Brazier opened up on who his mentors on set are, revealing the extended Slater family holds a special place in his heart.
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“Everyone for different reasons… ” he said when asked about his inspirations among his co-stars.
“I love Clay [Milner Russell] so much. [He’s] one of my best friend, on and off screen,” Brazier said of the Bobby Beale actor.
“Lacey Turner, who’s just a diamond […] Lillia Turner, who’s such an inspiration. She’s so young and she’s so good,” he then said of onscreen mother-daughter duo Stacey and Lily Slater.
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Ever since his first Walford appearance last year, Brazier’s character Freddie has been involved in many a dramatic storyline.
Earlier this summer, Freddie learnt the truth about his birth father Graham Foster from Kat Slater.
After tracking down Graham, Freddie met up with him under the guise of buying a car from him. Their meeting forced a concerned Kat to tell her nephew that evil Graham had raped Freddie’s mum Little Mo 18 years prior, leaving the teen horrified.
EastEnders airs on Mondays – Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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