Reveals how his step-sister, supermodel Naomi Campbell (Richard’s dad is married to Naomi’s mum Valerie) influenced his career. He reveals: âœI think her attitude and confidence rubbed off on me when I saw her success.
We don’t see one another at Christmas, but we’re still very much family.â
When the big day arrives, Richard is most likely to be found enjoying his favourite tipple and wearing a Christmas jumper, adding: âœI’ll wear the jumper I’m in now! I like a drink called Guinness Punch – it’s a drink every Jamaican knows!
I can also see myself watching a horror movie or two!â
One thing Richard won’t be doing is heading on a spree in the January sales. He adds: âœWhen I had a lot of cash, I’d go into shops and not ask how much something was. That led to my bankruptcy. I learned my lesson the hard way.â
was at âœrock bottom,â he daydreamed about getting a call from his agent. He says: âœI never stopped thinking about getting an acting job. I auditioned three times for EastEnders before getting the part of Vincent Hubbard. When I learned I’d got that part, I cried.â
Since joining EastEnders in February, Vincent has been a hit. He adds: âœThe Christmas storyline sees Vincent turning out to be a police informant and he revealed to Sharon that his job was to destroy the Mitchells.â
On screen, Vincent has refused to enter into the Christmas spirit. He adds: âœVincent demands that his on-screen wife Kim takes down the decorations, as this time of year reminds him of his dad dying. I had to dig deep to find the emotion to be upset playing Vincent. I based him on my dad Cliff, who was a bit of a villain when he was younger though hewascharismaticand nice until you crossed him.â
Having been raised by his grandparents, Richard it’s a time of year he cherishes more than ever, due to having fallen on hard times before joining Albert Square as the man trying to destroy Phil Mitchell.
Despite a high-flying TV career – he had The Richard Blackwood Show in the ’90s, then an MTV presenting stint
– he was declared bankrupt in 2003 and at his lowest point, contemplated suicide. Years on, he admits it was a case of âœtoo much, too youngâ – but he’s turned his life around.
âœAfter having depression,
I’m determined to make the most of every moment. And Christmas is special as it’s the one time of the year when we aren’t filming and I get time off,â says Richard, 43.
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