CERITH IN SOAP JOINS AL­BERT

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - KATHRYN WIL­LIAMS Show­biz & What’s On re­porter kathryn.wil­liams@waleson­line.co.uk

IF you’ve no­ticed a few more Welsh phrases sneak­ing into Cock­ney par­lance on EastEn­ders re­cently, it’s down to Llanelli actor Cerith Flinn. Cerith is set to get soap-lovers gasp­ing in the com­ing months as teacher Gethin Pryce, who has re­cently moved to Al­bert Square af­ter months of help­ing bul­lied school­girl Bex Fowler and her mother So­nia through the trau­matic on-screen ordeal. The story is set to take a dra­matic turn as the char­ac­ters find them­selves in a love-tri­an­gle no-one was ex­pect­ing.

The 31-year-old actor, who also starred in CBBC drama Wolf­blood, still isn’t used to get­ting served a pint by Danny Dyer (who plays Mick Carter) but has fi­nally grad­u­ated to liv­ing on the Square af­ter months of be­ing on lo­ca­tion at the fic­tional Wal­ford High call­ing pupils “boy bach” as he scalds them in the Welsh­est way pos­si­ble.

He told us: “The first four months none of my scenes were on the Square, it was just me, Jas­mine (Arm­field,mfield, who plays Bex Fowler) and Natalie e (Cas­sidy, EastEn­ders’ So­nia) out on lo­ca­tion oca­tion – it was like we had our own lit­tle show. Then I moved in and there’s the Vic and all the iconic things you know from grow­ing up.

“I used to watch EastEn­ders ers with my mum, and loved Ricky and Bianca and Pat and Frank, and to be therere my­self is amaz­ing.

“And Natalie Cas­sidy is fan­tas­tic to work with. I re­mem­ber her giv­ing birth on the couch to Bex 16/17 years ago and now I’m there. Not on n the same couch, I hope.”

“I feel very lucky to be partrt of, what I think, is the best soap on TV.”.”

Even though he’s set­tling in be­ing a full-time part of the Square, there’s still one thing that gets the nerves rves jan­gling, The Queen Vic.

He adds: “So far I’ve been een in both the caff and the Vic (he’ss had two break­fasts, one beer and one G&T for the EastEn­ders nerds).ds).

“Film­ing in the Vic is suchch a nerve-rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and the first time I was standing­ing there with Danny Dyer – whoho is awe­some – I was so ner­vous.us. When they do scenes in the he Vic there are about 20 peo­plele com­ing in and out, I wait­edd pa­tiently for my cue, all the e time think­ing ‘don’t mess up, don’t mess up’.”

He’s hardly likely to, though, af­ter months of act­ing out a tough bul­ly­ing sto­ry­line with the teenage ac­tress who plays Bex.

“Bex and Louise were be­ing ng bul­lied; it was quite a heavy sto­ry­line,” he said.

I used to watch EastEn­ders with my mum, and loved Ricky and Bianca and Pat and Frank, and to be there my­self is amaz­ing

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