CERITH IN SOAP JOINS ALBERT
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