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Carty: 'Wendy like a second mum to me'

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Carty: 'Wendy like a second mum to me'

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Todd Carty has said that late EastEnders star Wendy Richard was like a second mother to him.

Carty told The Mirror that the pair had struck up a 20-year friendship after they were cast as mother and son Pauline and Mark Fowler on EastEnders.

Carty said: "I knew from the start that we would get along. From that day, she watched my back and fought my corner.

"She quickly became a second mum to me. Together with Bill Treacher (Arthur Fowler) and Sue Tully (Michelle Fowler) we had a tight family unit, a solid chemistry, which I hope came across on screen."

"When I was filming my goodbye scenes, those tears were real. Seeing Wendy break down was one of the most poignant moments. The whole day was so emotional - I had to hold it together and stay strong for Wendy.

"Once you got to know the real Wendy, she was the kindest, most loyal friend you could ever wish for."

Richard passed away at the age of 65 last week after losing her battle against terminal cancer.

> 'Enders stars pay tribute to Wendy Richard
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