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Rob Kazinsky (Sean Slater, 'EastEnders')

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Rob Kazinsky (Sean Slater, 'EastEnders')
Rob Kazinsky's EastEnders character Sean Slater is thrown to the centre of the festive plots in Walford later this week when the truth about baby Amy's paternity is revealed to him over Christmas dinner. Realising the shocking truth that he isn't Amy's father, Sean slowly begins to lose control and eventually kidnaps her. His final week with the Walford-based soap culminates in an icy stunt on New Year's Day. Here, DS chats to Rob about his final storyline and what it's like to be leaving.

You must feel privileged to be at the centre of this year's Christmas storyline…
"To be honest, it's a privilege to be in any episode. It's the audience who make the Christmas episode so special. From an acting point of view, it's just as good doing a great storyline throughout the year. On a show like EastEnders, getting a storyline is quite a difficult thing to do, so I've been extremely fortunate. You know when it's the Christmas storyline, though, that it's going to be more dramatic."

Briefly tell us about Christmas.
"Suzy's planted the paternity results in Sean's cracker and obviously when he pulls the cracker over Christmas dinner, he finds them. He confronts Roxy about them and she admits it. He doesn't really know where to put himself. So Sean does his usual trick and storms out and goes to see Stacey, who's the one person he can always rely on. They have a heart-to-heart and Sean's just in an unnatural calm - the most dangerous state for him to be in. He arranges to see Roxy where they talk it all out and as it seems like everything's all rosy again. Enter Jack…"

Then what happens?
"Sean ultimately deceives Roxy and snatches baby Amy from The Vic. Then there's a whole week of the Mitchells trying to track Sean and Amy down. Sean's holed up in a squat with the baby to give them more time together. He's simply looking after Amy, who's become the most important person in his life. Even if she isn't his child, mentally and emotionally, she is to Sean. Eventually, Sean's found and it all kicks off, culminating in a stunt with an icy lake…"

Do you think Sean would have made a good dad?
"Yeah, I do. You only have to look at his behaviour over the last number of months. He became a responsible man., always doing what was best for Roxy. He really started to sort his life out and step up to the plate. That's why it's a shame that someone who's turned over a new leaf like Sean has had it taken away from him. Sean had the best dad in the whole world. He was a kind, considerate and caring man, but Sean didn't realise he was until 'he was gone'. Sean was 16 when his father died, so for Sean, bringing up baby Amy was a way for him to make it up to his dad - by being the father to Amy that his father was to him."

Would Sean be disappointed with Stacey for handing baby Amy back to the Mitchells?
"For Sean, Roxy doing what she did upset him, but that doesn't make him want to kill himself. He goes away for a whole week and hides with Amy. It's when Stacey betrays him that any semblance of survival disappears and he has nothing left to live for. When the one and only person who he can always rely on betrays him, that takes away everything. That's the knife in the heart."

What will you miss the most?
"The people. And the money! I'll miss not having a wage for a while! And I'll miss not having a script to work with, too."

Have you enjoyed your time there?
"I've loved my time there. I didn't quit because I was unhappy or anything like that, I quit because I have so many other things that I want to do. I've had the best character you could ever want in a soap. Sean got to drive cranes through the Square, have fights and sleep with everyone. You can't knock it. I owe Diederick [Santer] a debt. He's always been so kind and considerate. I'd do anything for him."

Do you think you'll return to EastEnders at some point?
"If he survives, maybe... I couldn't possibly say..." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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