EastEnders star William Ellis revealed he was only meant to star on the BBC soap for a small amount of time.
The actor made his debut as Theo Hawthorne in April 2023 and the teacher struck up a friendship with Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), providing free tutor lessons for her heavily-pregnant daughter Lily (Lilia Turner). But Theo’s dark side was quickly exposed when he was revealed as Stacey’s secret cam client and his infatuation with her began spiralling out of control.
But despite carving himself out as the soap’s newest villain, Theo was only meant to be on screen for a handful of episodes. Speaking previously at the Inside Soap Awards, William exclusively told Daily Star: “I was initially cast on the premise that it would be for a handful of episodes and then very quickly, almost before I’d even started, Chris made a decision about where he wanted it to go based on what he thought I would bring to Theo.
“That’s a testament to Chris on how well he’s steered the ship and how much EastEnders is being talked about now. He knows exactly what he wants and where it’s going. It’s been a real joy and a privilege to join the show at the right time.”