EastEnders boss teases dramatic new feud for Phil Mitchell

With a new family soon set to arrive on Albert Square, EastEnders boss Chris Clenshaw has teased a potential rivalry between one of the newcomers and Walford stalwart Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden).

When George Knight (Colin Salmon) arrives on the Square with his family in tow, he will throw the lives of several characters into turmoil, including resident hard man Phil.

‘They’ve got a couple of bags but come with a lot of baggage.’ Show boss Chris teased.

‘They’re at the heart of the Square, with a lot of interactions with most of the community. They’ve just lost Lola and are thrust into their world going through that process.’

Daughters Anna and Gina (Molly Rainford and Francesca Henry) make quite a bad first impression among the locals, but the same can’t be said for George, who catches Phil’s attention almost immediately.

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‘George very quickly, because hes a former boxer from the east end, strikes up a good friendship with Phil who already knows him.’ Chris explained.

‘It’s very interesting territory, with people wondering if George and Phil are going to be enemies.’

With Phil having a notoriously short temper, there is every chance that he and George may end up feuding in the future, though off-set the actors get on well, with Colin Salmon admitting that he sees Steve McFadden as a ‘mentor’.

‘He’s brilliant. His advice was just get it done, make it work, be ready.

‘Steve comes on set and he’s ready. He is quietly the boss, the alpha, but then he’s there on the sofa smiling with everyone else. He’s not distant or anything like that. He’s the dude.’

Colin explained how the two stay in contact outside of work, with Colin’s wife hearing snippets of their conversations.

‘We had an hour phone call and the opening line was “you’re mad” closely followed by “get a bike” because that way you can get in and out quite easily. My wife said “Is he mad?”. We just talked.

‘Steve and me have a little chat about boxing, this and that he keeps his counsel and that’s good mentoring.’

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