“We just weren’t able to make things work.”
EastEnders newcomer Brian Conley has revealed the character that he previously turned down on the soap.
Next week, Conley will arrive in Albert Square and is set to play the role of Terry ‘Rocky’ Cant – the long-lost father of Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy).
Conley told Radio Times that he turned down the part of Alfie Moon’s relative because the casting didn’t work out for him at the time due to his schedule.
“I’d been confronted twice before,” Conley said. The nearest I came was to playing Alfie Moon, a relative of Shane [Ritchie’s] character. I was summoned and we had some lengthy discussions about it, but due to my scheduling, we were unable to make it happen.
“They wanted an urgent response because casting on these shows moves fast, but I already had commitments. However, I’ve always fantasized about being a part of it.”
Conley’s links to EastEnders go back to his childhood when his father worked for the BBC.
“My father worked for the BBC for 25 years as a rigger operator for the outside broadcast unit in addition to becoming a taxi driver. They’d report on sporting meetings, events at the Houses of Parliament, and other major activities “Conley elaborated.
Conley had a few minor roles in the soap before landing his role as Terry, thanks to his father.
“We used outside television crews for exterior shooting when it first began, so my father would slip posters of shows I was in, such as pantomimes or summer seasons, onto the wall behind the shop! We’d huddle around the television in the hopes of spotting my name in the background. That was his one-liner.”
EastEnders airs on BBC One on weekday nights.