EastEnders star Craig Fairbrass looks unrecognisable 23 years on from Dan Sullivan debut

FORMER EastEnders star Craig Fairbrass was only in the soap for a few years, but his character Dan Sullivan certainly managed to make an impression.

Fans of the beloved BBC soap may remember Craig being part of the infamous 'Who Shot Phil Mitchell?' plot way back in 2001.

As one of the soap's best-loved villains, EastEnders has been sure to mention the character now and again over the years.

Craig, now 58, has made 38 British and US films since leaving Walford – and his appearance has certainly changed over the years.

During an interview with the Daily Express, Craig elaborated on his career so far and revealed: "My dad was a docker, my mum was a machinist, and they were very supportive.

"To be honest it’s been a long, brutal journey, one step forward, two steps backwards but you have to keep thinking positive."


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Craig appears in several hit streaming films, including Phillip Balantini’s Villain – a smash hit on Netflix – and Gerard Johnson’s Muscle on Amazon Prime.

He has also appeared on US TV shows including The Unit, Soldier Of Fortune and The Sarah Connor Chronicles and recorded voice-overs for mega-selling video games, including five Call Of Duty games.

Playing his hand in the games industry, Craig also had a motion-capture part in Battlefield V: Under No Flag, and was a voice-artist on the star-studded Star Citizen: Squadron 42 with Gary Oldman, Henry Cavill and Gillian Anderson.

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Craig was later cast to play psychopathic Essex villain Pat Tate in 2007’s Rise of the Footsoldier, which launched a four-prequel franchise, giving him a global fanbase.

“All over the world people shout ‘One prostitute, two prostitutes’ at me,” he laughs, recalling an ad-libbed scene from Footsoldier 3 which went viral on TikTok.

His portrayal of the straight-talking criminal saw him win Best Actor at the National Film Awards for the part.

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