Between Phil Mitchell and Dirty Den there’s been plenty of crime shown on Eastenders, but there’s one member of the cast who has been involved off screen.
Sid Owen was best known for playing Ricky Butcher on the long-running BBC soap opera. However, it turns out that his East End past might have hit a little closer to home. The actor is starring in a new factual Channel 4 series called Banged Up.
Seven star names have signed up to the series, which will see them put behind bars for seven days in a decommissioned Victorian prison, HMP Shrewsbury. But the actor has since made a startling confession about his life before fame.
Sid, 51, lost his mum to cancer at the age of seven and was abandoned by his father at the age of six and has had no contact since. He lived with three older brothers and he says the quartet lived a life of petty crime.