He was the soap heartthrob who broke all our hearts playing EastEnders bad boy Beppe Di Marco, and now actor Michael Greco has revealed that he’d love to make a return to Walford.
The 51 year old played Beppe for four years between 1998 and 2002, and he made quite the mark during his time on Albert Square.
Speaking exclusively to OK!, Michael says: “Of course, I would go back if they asked me. My character is still alive after all – and I do miss it.”
Opening up about his reputation as a bad boy when he was in the BBC One series, Michael continues: “That was a good compliment to my acting if they thought I was a bad boy in real life.
"Because all I actually wanted to do at the time was be with my girlfriend – I was boring!”
The star recently made a return to our screens in Holby City, playing the dad of a teenage boy with a heart problem.
And Michael says filming the BBC hospital drama brought back “amazing memories” of Albert Square, as they’re filmed at the same studios.
He said: “It brought back amazing memories because EastEnders was an amazing time in my career. It really established me.
“EastEnders back then was massive. We didn’t have Netflix and the viewing figures were through the roof.”
Michael became a dad himself in July last year when he and his partner Helen Harris welcomed a baby boy called Gianluca.
The little boy was born with a rare defect of the abdominal wall called gastroschisis and he had to delivered prematurely and undergo emergency surgery. But thankfully he is now happy and healthy.
Michael filmed his role in Holby soon after Gianluca came home from hospital.
He adds: “This was filmed shortly after my son came home and so the emotion I show
on screen was quite easy to replicate.
“It was lovely to be part of Holby and I feel sad for them that it’s coming to an end [later this year].
“I had some great friends who were in it back in the day, like Lisa Faulkner and Angela Griffin, and we used to sing in the bar after work.”
It was announced the continuing series was coming to an end in June last year.
In a statement the BBC said it was with “great sadness” they had decided to stop broadcasting the show.
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It read: “We are incredibly proud of Holby City but it's with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year.
“We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC's commitment to make more programmes across the UK, we have taken the difficult decision to bring the show to a close in order to reshape the BBC's drama slate to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country.”
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