Michael Praed and Amy Walsh from Emmerdale will be seen together again on television when they both compete in the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen.
In order to save his daughter Tracy four years prior, Frank Clayton gave his life, shocking his legion of devoted admirers when he tragically perished in the Emmerdale candy factory fire. However, Michael Praed, 63, makes his long-awaited return to our screens on Tuesday night when he teams up with Amy Walsh.
The only thing that might burn this time is their main courses, according to Mirror, as the two will trade the Yorkshire Dales for the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen.
Michael, who rose to fame in the soap between 2016 and 2019, adds, “I had no idea Amy was going on the programme until I walked into the TV studios ready for filming.” “It was the best surprise ever. Amy truly gave me a sense of family. I’m happy that MasterChef reunited us again,” he stated.
Their previous encounter had not been pleasant. His sudden passing from Emmerdale was described as a “harrowing experience” by Amy, who said he had been “like a second dad” to her. Numerous upset viewers also vented on social media about how one of their favourite characters had been killed off; some even threatened to stop watching the serial opera.
Michael, though, had experienced it before. He had already encountered the “brutal” side of the television business after solidifying his position in viewers’ hearts throughout the 1980s with roles in Robin of Sherwood and Dynasty as Prince Michael, the heir to the European Kingdom of Moldovia.
“I was really sad to be killed off in Emmerdale,” Michael, 63, admits. “But that is the matter! Actors are practical people. It’s a very violent game. I had three treasured years, during which I grew incredibly close to the actors and crew. It was difficult to leave. I relocated to the north for the event and cherished my time there. Northerners are great; they are the friendliest, funniest, and most attractive people.
Although he actually went out on top, there was little that could match Michael’s stories from the first Dynasty in terms of dramatic situations. Because he had a key role in the most dramatic cliffhanger in the history of the US hit soap opera, the Moldavian wedding massacre.
In the tragic 1985 season finale, terrorists shot up the chapel as Prince Michael was ready to marry Amanda Carrington, the long-lost daughter of Alexis (Joan Collins) and Blake (John Forsythe). As a result, fans (and the cast members) had to wait several months to learn who had survived. It was Dynasty’s response to Who Shot JR Ewing in Dallas.
Nobody in the cast knew who was actually dead, so it was the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers for everyone, he recalls. “The entire cast was gathered when we learned about the scene, and we were each given five different pieces of paper. The producers were concerned that if we shot just one conclusion, it would somehow be leaked, so there were five potential endings.
“Many people’s contracts were also coming to an end. Actors were therefore anxious. When your contract expires, you find yourself in a scene where you are killed, but you are unsure if that is the actual scene.
Fortunately, most of the main cast avoided harm, but once Michael was driven out of Moldova in 1986, his prince was quickly written out anyhow. Michael David Prince was originally born in Berkley, Gloucestershire, in 1960, but while paying his dues, he altered his name to Praed (Cornish for Meadow, but selected from the phone book), as actors’ organisation Equity already had a “Michael Prince” on its books.
Strangely enough, when he reverted to his previous title as a prince in the television series Dynasty, his co-star Catherine Oxenberg (Amanda) was a real royal; her mother was Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, making her third cousins with King Charles.
Michael wasn’t aware of this before to now. Well, she never brought it up, he exclaims. Actually, the fact that he was working with a particular member of Hollywood nobility intrigued him much more.
Catherine was lovely, but Dame Joan Collins was without a doubt his favourite person to work with. She was clearly the series’ star because she is much better than the rest of the cast. When I worked on Dynasty, I was comparatively inexperienced, and I was just in awe of Joan because she is hilarious, extremely professional, and a fantastic performer. I gained a lot from her.
In addition, he has maintained contact with Emma Samms, who played Fallon Carrington on British Dynasty, adding, “I guess we’re part of an exclusive club.”
However, for many fans, Michael will always be remembered for the character he played on Robin of Sherwood before joining Dynasty, which was at the time the top-rated US show.
The actor, who was only 23 years old when he secured the role in the BBC’s Robin Hood drama in 1984, quickly won the hearts of smitten teenagers who plastered his pictures all over their bedroom walls. However, he abruptly left the show at the end of the second season to play D’Artagnan in a Broadway rendition of The Three Musketeers before signing on to Dynasty.
Jason Connery, son of Sir Sean Connery, assumed the role of Robin, however Michael Connery’s absence from the series was short-lived. “Jason was put in an unfair position,” claims Michael.
“There is a comparative spectre when you take over a role from someone who is well established. That one is really impossible to win. Although I thought he was excellent, the task was not pleasant.
Michael, however, stands by his choice to put his bow away. He continues, “I left because I had a starring role on Broadway which has long been my ambition. “I don’t look back with regret. Additionally, Dynasty enjoyed high appreciation.
Michael experienced several ups and downs in his career following the unexpected conclusion of his Dynasty role. In a high-profile US adaptation of The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, he won the starring role of Phileas Fogg in 1999.
It was supposed to increase his notoriety and popularity, but as he admits with commendable candour, it had the exact opposite effect.
We shot in Montreal, and it was a tremendously expensive production, but when he returned to the UK after that, he recalls being unable to get jailed. The irony is that after becoming extremely inconsequential, something was once so important. But that’s just the erratic nature of the business world.
Michael hasn’t exactly had much opportunity to relax, though. He has consistently performed in plays and musicals for more than 40 years, and he is currently touring the country while hoofing it on 42nd Street.
Michael had grown his hair long during Covid, exactly like he had during his time as Robin, thus the role made him get a haircut.However, as it was recorded before he got the chop, viewers of MasterChef will still be able to see him wearing a ponytail.
Michael can’t divulge too much about his abilities when it comes to chopping components since he has to make the final product a surprise. Michael won’t care if Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud’s sister Amy, his former on-screen daughter, can cook better than him.
Gregg Wallace and John Torode’s criticisms are painful, but it will be worth it to just start working together again.
With his first wife Karen Landau, Michael has two children: a son and a daughter. Michael says of the process: “I have really liked it, and working with Amy has been fantastic. I feel like a father to her. She receives the same treatment as my own daughter.
No matter what the judges say, his second wife, actress Josefina Gabrielle, is the person he wants to impress the most. He claims, “I’m a decent home cook.” “I cook a lot of straightforward dishes, like chicken casserole. And when we are watching Saturday Kitchen, my wife Josefina will suggest that we try making that dish tonight. It is a mixed bag of success and failure. She gave me a score of seven out of ten for my pre-show cooking. Now, I’m hoping she’ll think more highly of me.