As if things aren’t already complicated enough for Halfway (Tony Clay) in EastEnders, they’re about to get a little more difficult with the arrival of his dad Jonno in Walford.
The character shows up for a surprise visit ahead of Halfway’s wedding to Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) – and with Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) blackmailing Halfway over his sexuality, the character’s life just got a little more complicated.
Jonno – who will waste no time in making his presence in Albert Square known – is played by actor Richard Graham, who has blockbuster credits under his belt as well as a string of TV appearances on his CV.
Here’s what you need to know about Richard and where you’ve seen him before.
Who is actor Richard Graham and what else has he been in?
Richard, 59, has featured in four movies which were nominated for best picture at the Oscars – Titanic, in which he played Quartermaster George T Rowe, In The Name Of The Father, Phantom Thread and Gangs Of New York.
He also has other Oscar nominees to his credit including roles in British drama Vera Drake – while his film credits also include My Beautiful Laundrette, Under Suspicion, The Kid and The Bounty.
On the small screen, you might have seen Richard in the likes of The Bill, Midsomer Murders, Silent Witness, Whitechapel and Heartbeat.
And EastEnders isn’t his first brush with the soap world either, as he also appeared in Hollyoaks in 2011 as Billy Alexander, starring in 16 episodes of the Channel 4 soap.
How long is Jonno in EastEnders?
At the moment Jonno is just a guest role, although Ricky Champ – who plays Stuart Highway – has said that his appearance will reveal a lot about why Stuart and Callum have issues of their own.
Speaking to metro.co.uk Champ explained: ‘You see where Stuart’s aggression comes from and why Callum is so reluctant to come forward about how he feels as he has someone who has suppressed him and put him down all these years. It’s all about Callum trying to be the man to prove himself to his dad – but that’s not who he wants to be. He just wants his dad to be proud of him but he’s never going to be because nothing he ever does is good enough.
‘He has seen his dad be aggressive when he was younger – he has that hold over them still. The minute he walks back in, it’s “here we go again”. But equally, there’s a hope that it could all work out okay.’
EastEnders airs on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
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