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'EastEnders' newcomer Anthony 'was corrupted by Michael'

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Anthony Moon (Matt Lapinskas) from EastEnders

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EastEnders' new recruit Matt Lapinskas has revealed details of his character Anthony Moon's background, admitting that he worships his twisted half-brother Michael.

Anthony makes his first appearance in Walford at the beginning of next week, completing the trio of new Moons who have been cast in the BBC show.

In an interview with Inside Soap, Lapinskas teased the dynamic that viewers can expect between Anthony and Michael (Steve John Shepherd), who has stirred up Albert Square with his erratic behaviour over the past few months.

The actor explained: "Anthony just idolises him. When they were little, Michael corrupted Anthony into really looking up to him.

"The fact of the matter is that Michael has his own business and has all this money coming in, without having to worry about all the family politics, so Anthony's in awe of that. Also, Michael has this incredible confidence."

Asked whether Anthony has a good relationship with dad Eddie (David Essex), Lapinskas replied: "Yes, he does - and he wants to show his dad that he's the man to take over the [family] business. For Anthony, his main interest is the antiques emporium - forget the girls!

"That said, if he does take over from Eddie, then maybe there could be time for a lady in his life for once. There might be somebody new for him."

Anthony's brother Tyler, played by Tony Discipline, arrived in Walford at the end of June.

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