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David Essex: 'Joining EastEnders is daunting'

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Eddie Moon (David Essex) from EastEnders

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David Essex has admitted that he found joining the cast of EastEnders "daunting".

The singer was cast as Eddie Moon, Michael's estranged father, earlier this year. He will make his debut in the BBC soap tomorrow night.

Speaking ahead of Eddie's arrival in Albert Square, Essex told Digital Spy that taking on the role was like joining a new school.

"It's daunting, isn't it?" he said. "Some of the cast have been here for more than 20 years, so it's like coming into a new school. But they've been tremendously respectful and very welcoming.

"Jake Wood, who plays Max, has been my mentor. He advised me that when I have free time, I should look over the lines in my dressing room and things like that. I haven't worked with any of the cast before as it's a world that I haven't been involved in, but that's what makes it quite interesting for me.

"And since I've started, I've worked with almost everyone in the cast now. I'm just about to do a little scene with June Brown, which I'm looking forward to!"

Speaking about his character, Essex admitted that it was "important" to him that he played a character and "not David Essex" in the programme.

"I suppose because I have such a track record, it may be difficult for people to see that it's not David Essex and it is Eddie - that's the main challenge," he said. "But fans that I have already seem thrilled that I'm joining the show as it means they can watch me on TV every night!"

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