UK Actor Leslie Grantham Plans to Move to Bulgaria
Former EastEnders star Leslie Grantham has revealed plans to move to Bulgaria after his divorce left him homeless, local media reported.
The actor - who became a household name as the soap's iconic character Dirty Den - told the Sunday Mirror he was staying in a friend's spare room since splitting from his wife Jane after 31 years of marriage.
However he revealed plans to buy a house in the East European country, where he spent time in 2010 appearing in the soap The English Neighbour.
"I made a lot of friends out there and I am planning to move out when the financial details of my divorce are finalized," the 66-year-old said.
"I am an old man now and I want to go somewhere it is hot. I really enjoyed it there. I had to learn Bulgarian and even Hungarian. They said they were going to dub the show for me but on the first day of filming I had to speak Bulgarian."
Leslie - who left EastEnders for good in 2004 after Den was killed by wife Chrissie Watts - also hit out at the show, accusing it of being unoriginal.
"They are doing storylines that I was doing in 1985," he said, "It has to adapt and change to survive."
The actor - who recently reunited with former EastEnders star Billy Murray in the British gangster film Vengeance - admitted that his return to the show had been challenging.
"The first stint on the show was fantastic but going back was a disaster," he revealed.
"We were doing four episodes a week and it was like a sausage factory. The quality was affected."
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He'll fit right in with the majority of "Brits In Bulgaria" - and with his excellent credentials he'll probably qualify for an appointment as a minister in the present "government".
He'd better hurry up and move before this shower end up in prison, where they belong, but his ham-acting "skills" might be helpful to Ahmed next time he has to pretend to be attacked...
On 3 December 1966 he attempted to rob a taxi driver, Felix Reese, in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, West Germany. A struggle between Grantham and the driver followed, and Reese died from a gunshot wound to the head.
In May 2004 a Sunday newspaper printed photographs of Grantham exposing himself and masturbating whilst sucking his finger in a sexually-suggestive manner via a webcam from his dressing room to an undercover reporter named "Amanda". Amanda logged onto MSN Messenger, calling herself "Halo Polisher" and was soon chatting to Grantham who called himself kwanertoo - explaining it was a play on the word wanker.
Bulgaria taxi drivers beware…. Don’t shortchange this guy!