Grant Mitchell is a fictional character from the British soap opera EastEnders, played by Ross Kemp. He has a brother named Darren who is a documentary producer for the BBC. He goes on to marry Tiffany Raymond (Martine McCutcheon), who soon becomes pregnant – although it is unclear whether he or Tiffany's ex-partner Tony (Mark Homer) is the father of her child. Ross Kemp became a father to a baby boy by ex-partner Nicola Coleman who was working as his makeup artist at the time. [7], One of the most notable and popular early storylines involving Grant was a love triangle between him, his brother and his wife Sharon (played by Letitia Dean). I will miss Bar always. Sheridan Smith called her "one of my idols", having met her through David Walliams, who told BBC Radio 4's World at One: "I grew up watching Carry On films on television, for a lot of boys my age it was like a first crush because she was one of the first beautiful, funny dazzling women you ever saw. Ross Kemp was born on July 21, 1964 in Barking, Essex, England. ", TV presenter Jonathan Ross tweeted: "Barbara Windsor in real life was everything you might have hoped for. Grant tells Courtney that Phil killed Peggy. Ferguson had previously been a producer on ITV's The Bill — a hard-hitting and successful police drama, which seemed to be challenging EastEnders in providing a realistic vision of modern life in London. [5] His quick temper was off-set by a period of genuine remorse and promises that he would change. "Too many to comprehend. After discovering that Grant vengefully had sex with his wife Kathy Mitchell, Phil went ballistic with a handgun causing the car Grant was driving to career at high speed into the River Thames. Bar, you will always [be] in my heart forever. Lv 5. There’s a character called Ross Kemp – “not that one” – a fictitious third brother who they employ as an accountant and who’s trying to get a new cryptocurrency off the ground. Grant rushes to Courtney's aid and assumes Mark is attacking her, but Sharon tells him he is Michelle's son. As they attempt to flee from the oncoming police, Phil pulls out a gun and shoots the steering wheel in their getaway car – causing Grant to plunge the car into the River Thames. Grant and Jane both comfort each other, but Ian walks in on them and shouts at Grant for deserting his family. He has one brother, Darren, who is a filmmaker for the BBC. Everyone who met her loved her.". Ross attended Shenfield High School, where he is remembered as an excellent athlete. The character was reintroduced along with his brother Phil. Kemp's life changed when Steve Dagger, the manager of his brother Gary's band the Gentry, suggested Gary should replace the band's bass-player. "She got my number and she rang me up and she said, 'Hello darling. [15], On 24 March 1999, it was reported that Kemp had decided to leave EastEnders after almost ten years of playing Grant. Ross Kemp visits HMP Belmarsh. Grant returns to the square soon after and walks in on Phil and Peggy. Phil and Grant rush back to Johnny's mansion to confront him once more, only to find out that he has already been arrested; Johnny surrendered to the police after his daughter, Ruby (Louisa Lytton) threatened to disown her father unless he confessed to his crimes. This resulted in Dennis beating up Johnny, who then ordered Jake's brother Danny (Jake Maskall) – his henchman – to kill Dennis. After a brief fling with Julie Cooper (Louise Plowright) and getting involved in various dodgy deals, Grant starts wooing the local barmaid – Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean). During The Kemps: All True it’s revealed there is a third Kemp brother – Ross (played by Perry Benson). ", Pam St Clement, who played Peggy's friend and sometime rival Pat Butcher, told BBC News: "She was a brilliantly vivacious, joyful person, and a light's gone out today I'm afraid.". Grant's poor treatment of Tiffany included physical and emotional abuse and two affairs, one of which was with her mother Louise (played by Carol Harrison) and the other with Lorraine Wicks (played by Jacqueline Leonard). Tiffany attempts to snatch Courtney, but is hit by a car driven by Grant's stepfather Frank Butcher (Mike Reid); she dies instantly as the clock struck midnight. However, their marriage ended in tragedy when Grant's prolonging mistreatment towards Tiffany ultimately led to her being accidentally killed by his would-be stepfather Frank Butcher (Mike Reid). "The word 'star' gets a little bit over-used, and if you're going to be a star you've kind of got to learn out to be one," Lamb told BBC Radio 5 Live. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Funny story written by Scooter Nairns. [1], To cast Phil and Grant Mitchell many actors were screen-tested together. Lucy Benjamin, who played Lisa Fowler, added: "You were a true star in every sense", while Tamzin Outhwaite, who played Mel Owen, described the actress as an icon and national treasure. [6], The Mitchell brothers quickly became two of the soap's most popular characters and storylines involving the brothers soon began to dominate the programme. Grant was also reunited with Phil, Sharon and Kathy. 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RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk "We became friends nearly 20 years ago - she was very kind to everybody... she would immediately make everyone feel at ease, immediately make everyone feel happy. It was later revealed that Grant's terrible temper was due to post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by nightmares and scarring memories of his combat in the Falklands War. [23] Later, it was announced that Kemp would film a further three weeks,[24] and he resumed filming on 6 June 2016[25] and finished on 26 June 2016. One of EastEnders' most popular and highly rated storylines was "Sharongate", where Grant discovers that his wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) has been having an affair with his brother. [2] While Grant liked to think of himself as indestructible, he at many times showed emotional vulnerability and a need to be mothered. Which of them are actually worth watching. Ross Kemp is to reprise his role as EastEnders hardman Grant Mitchell in a family reunion to say goodbye to on-screen mother Peggy.. I will miss Bar always. Sue Dunderdale directed the episodes and the performances of McFadden, Kemp and Dean have been described as memorable and filled with high-tension drama. [1], Following a relatively unsuccessful inclination towards comedic storylines throughout 1989, Ferguson decided to take the soap in a new direction in 1990. He admits that he has lost his home and business in Portugal and is in debt. "[34] Kemp also received 'Most Popular Actor' nominations at the 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2006 National Television Awards,[32][35] and British Soap Award nominations for 'Villain of the Year' in 1999,[32] and 'Spectacular Scene of the Year' in 2006, for Grant's brush with death in 'Get Johnny Week'. Known as the "Mitchell brothers", Grant and Phil have become household names in the United Kingdom – due to their association with the stereotypical black leather jacket wearing bald and brutal thug. "[11] Sharongate has also proven a popular storyline with viewers and it was voted the sixth top soap opera moment of the decade in a poll of 17,000 people for What's On TV magazine. Grant was originally depicted as the more spontaneous of the Mitchell double-act, suffering from a lack of self-control, often incapable of restraining himself and requiring his elder brother to do it for him. Former EastEnder Shane Richie said he was "absolutely devastated" at the news because "Barbara was a friend as well as my TV boss in the Queen Vic". "[31], Following Grant's third departure in September 2016, Kemp revealed that he did not think he would ever go back to EastEnders again but even so, he refused to rule out a return. [42] Additionally, the show was criticised for turning the brothers into a comical farce by incorporating uncharacteristic humour into their dialect, which was described as "cringeworthy. EASTENDERS actor Ross Kemp - who played Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap - revealed his unusual fears about a return to Albert Square following the drama of … [38], Although popular with many viewers, the character has garnered criticism, mainly regarding the way his anti-social behaviour is sensationalised by the programme makers. Grant had returned from being a paratrooper in the Army who got involved in the Falklands War. Goodnight sweetheart x. Weeks after the election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulates the president-elect. For Grant it was more a marriage of convenience, allowing him access to his daughter, Courtney. Throughout the course of his 1990s duration, Grant established himself as one of the show's most prominent characters. It is going to be fireworks from the start."[19]. ", Brown also praised Dame Barbara's "very loving" husband Scott Mitchell, adding: "They had such a happy marriage - they were like two children, always laughing together. It soon transpires a week later that Grant has survived, and he leaves the country with both Courtney and the stolen money to Rio de Janeiro. Grant often displayed laddish, thrill-seeking behaviour; drinking, chasing women, clubbing, gambling and living off of his wits. The couple share son Leo, born in 2015, and twins Ava … "Everybody looked up to her - which physically wasn't the easiest thing to do, she was so tiny! The brothers reconcile after Phil apologises to Grant for the situation he put them in, and Grant forgives Phil for his actions. Despite his hot-headed tendencies, Sharon sees a different side to Grant, and when he proposes marriage to her, she accepts on the condition that he buys her childhood home, The Queen Vic, which he does. Adding the pair became "great friends" who shared coffee and gossip in their dressing rooms, she said: "I wished we'd had more scenes together but our only one was in her last episode, when Dot said goodbye to Peggy, knowing she was dying. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Actors Ross Kemp and Steven McFadden, who played the sons of Dame Barbara Windsor's EastEnders matriarch Peggy Mitchell, have paid tribute following the star's death at the age of 83. Grant telephones Courtney to ask to stay with her but she refuses. This was done to assure that the chosen actors — who would work predominantly alongside each other — had a strong rapport and physical resemblance. While he has calmed down in recent years, Grant is still feared by people in and around Walford. Kemp learned to play bass in three months and performed for the first time with the Gentry at a college party. "And she was a genuine, lovely, warm, caring person and she will be sorely missed by the film, television, radio and theatre worlds.". Ross Kemp welcomes twin baby girls in September (Image: Ross Kemp/Twitter). Despite the fact that Sharon married Grant initially, EastEnders writer Tony Jordan has revealed in The Mitchells – The Full Story that the love-triangle storyline had been planned since Phil and Grant's introduction, after the writers came to the realisation that Sharon was perfect for them both. Ross Kemp age: How old is he? Grant’s high-profile return, which aired in October 2005, proved to be a ratings success. He puts Sharon's boss Eddie Royle (Michael Melia), the landlord of The Queen Victoria public house, in hospital after he makes a pass at Sharon; he later becomes prime suspect for Royle's murder, but is proven innocent when the killer is revealed to be Nick Cotton (John Altman) – a local thug who eventually owns up to the crime. "[29] In addition, Grant and Phil were voted as the second most popular King Of Soaps in a Channel 4 poll in 2002 and Grant was voted as one of the Top Ten TV Hard Men in a separate poll. He plans to take Peggy with him back to Portugal, only for her to say that her cancer is active. Dame Barbara Windsor, the woman who always had time for everybody, has sadly left us. "Belize was the first place I was ever given a hand grenade by a gang member". Grant tells Phil he immediately needs the money that he lent him. She decides to stop her treatment, but Phil tries to change her mind, enlisting the help of Sharon. Aug 19, 2020 - Explore Gary Mcdowell's board "Mitchell Brothers", followed by 176 people on Pinterest. She knew how to carry herself on set, he said. While he is in prison, Sharon and Phil rekindle their affair, but neither can confess to Grant, and it ends when he is released from prison. Ross Kemp was born on July 21, 1964 in Barking, Essex, England. 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