September 23, 2023


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EastEnders’ Steve McFadden fined for speeding on moped

Steve McFadden has pled guilty to speeding. (Getty Images)

Steve McFadden has pled guilty to speeding. (Getty Images)

EastEnders star Steve McFadden has been fined £584 and given five points for speeding.

The 63-year-old actor — who plays Phil Mitchell in the BBC soap — pled guilty to driving his moped at 35 miles per hour in a 20mph zone on 7 October last year.

He was found guilty at a Single Justice Procedure at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and was fined £440, as well as being ordered to pay £100 in costs and £44 in victim services surcharge.

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McFadden, who did not attend the hearing, also had five points added to his driving licence.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 08/03/2022 - Programme Name: EastEnders - January-March 2022 - TX: 15/03/2022 - Episode: EastEnders - January-March 2022 - 6451 (No. 6451) - Picture Shows: ***EMBARGOED TILL TUESDAY 8TH MARCH 2022*** Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Kat Moon (JESSIE WALLACE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

Steve McFadden stars as Phil Mitchell in ‘EastEnders’. (BBC)

The soap star was caught by a police speed gun while riding his blue Piaggio Vespa scooter near his home in north London.

PC Jonathan Steinhof said in a statement that he stopped McFadden just after midday on a residential street after witnessing him cut through traffic.

He said: “I was stationary when I saw a blue Piaggio Vespa travelling along.

“The vehicle was overtaking other vehicles that appeared to be doing the speed limit.

“There is a video evidence relating to this incident.”

McFadden was given an 18-month driving ban in 1996 for drink-driving.

EastEnders actor Steve McFadden outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London as he has settled a damages claim against News Group Newspapers and the Metropolitan Police issued in the wake of the phone hacking revelations.

Steve McFadden was banned from driving in 1996 after he was found to be driving under influence. (PA)

He was stopped at the wheel of his Rolls-Royce and tests showed he had 80mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The limit is 35mcg.

The actor has played Phil Mitchell in the BBC soap since 1990.

In Albert Square McFadden’s character Phil recently found a body in the abandoned Argee Bhajee, and viewers were already aware that it belongs to Tina.

Evil Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) strangled her to death in December 2020 after she found out that he had abused and killed first wife Chantelle (Jessica Plummer).

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 15/02/2022 - Programme Name: EastEnders - January-March 2022 - TX: 21/02/2022 - Episode: EastEnders - January-March 2022 - 6438 (No. 6438) - Picture Shows: ***EMBARGOED TILL TUESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2022*** Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

McFadden has starred as Phil Mitchell in ‘EastEnders’ since 1990. (BBC)

EastEnders has changed its schedule this year, dodging a clash with ITV rival Coronation Street.

The BBC soap will now air four nights a week, Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm, putting it head-to-head with ITV’s other soap opera Emmerdale, which is moving to a primetime slot of 7.30pm.

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ITV recently announced Corrie is being extended to three hour-long episodes airing at 8pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while Emmerdale is moving from 7pm to 7.30pm five nights a week.

EastEnders has suffered flagging ratings over the past two years. Head of Drama Piers Wenger blamed the coronavirus pandemic.

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