14:06 04 August 2012
Todd Carty, the actor better known as Mark Fowler, the HIV sufferer in BBC1’s soap opera 'EastEnders', recently revealed that he’s having more fun starring in 'Spamalot', a Monty Python musical.
Carty admitted that his gritty storyline in the TV series, where he starred for 12 years, made the job miserable.
Now, he is playing the scruffy servant Patsy onstage at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, a role that has reignited his love for acting. “I’m glad to be playing a half-wit, and I’m really happy to say that. I get to sing the most iconic song in the world, 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'.”
“And what other part calls for you to practice coconut slapping?”
“I’m having the most fun I’ve had since 'Grange Hill'. I’ve never looked back since leaving Albert Square,” he said, referring to the Victorian square where the characters of 'EastEnders' reside.
The ‘fun’ is pretty contagious according to the actor, he bursts out laughing every performance as the Knights Who Say Ni change their lines just to catch him out.
“It’s the sort of role you dream about,” he said.
These reports are contradicting those that claim the actor has hit hard times since he left the show.
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