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David Essex: 'EastEnders takes over your life'

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Eddie Moon (David Essex) from EastEnders

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David Essex has admitted that his EastEnders role has taken over his life.

The 63-year-old singer made his on-screen debut as Michael Moon's estranged father Eddie at the end of Friday night's episode and will make his first appearance in Albert Square tonight.

Essex told The Mirror: "It takes over your life, I didn't realise how much. I was foolishly doing a film score at the same time for the first couple of weeks so I was only sleeping for an hour a night.

"I'm here all day every day because I'm in everything at the moment. I get up at 6am which is a shock for an old rock star, we normally don't get up 'til the sun goes down, we're like vampires. It was a bit strange at the beginning, but now I'm fine."

Discussing his character, Essex admitted that he has adapted Eddie to be more like himself.

"I've tweaked the accent a bit, and Eddie Moon is not a million miles from David Essex," he said. "Any actor who says their character is nothing like themselves - unless they're playing Quasimodo - is probably telling a fib. You bring yourself to it."

Essex recently admitted that joining the BBC soap was "daunting" but praised the "tremendously respectful and very welcoming" cast for making him feel comfortable.

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