Inside EastEnders’ star Perry Fenwick’s life away from soap playing Billy Mitchell10/06/2020
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Perry Fenwick is one of the longest serving actors on EastEnders, first joining the soap back in 1998 as Billy Mitchell, joint with Sid Owen as Ricky Butcher and behind Adam Woodyatt as Ian Beale.
EastEnders was not the first soap Perry appeared in, as he'd already been cast on The Bill and Casualty, before arriving in Albert Square as a distant relative of Phil and Grant Mitchell.
With multiple job roles on the BBC soap luckless Billy has also been involved in several criminal scams, had two failed marriages and had a baby born with Down's Syndrome with character Honey Mitchell, played by Emma Barton.
Away from the soap as Billy Mitchell, Perry is a father of three, and divorced from his Coronation Street star ex Angela Lonsdale. Let's take a look inside his life…
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Who plays Billy Mitchell in EastEnders?
Billy Mitchell is played by Perry Fenwick an actor from Canning Town, London who was born in 1962.
Perry has been acting since 1983 and has appeared in Watching, Inspector Morse, The Thin Blue Line, Bergerac and was cast in The Bill for five episodes. He also appeared as twice in Casualty as two different characters ten years apart.
He was introduced in EastEnders back in 1998 alongside Jamie Mitchell, played by Jack Ryder, as his abusive uncle with Phil Mitchell taking Jamie in. It makes Perry the third longest serving actor on the soap, tied with Sid Owen and behind Adam Woodyatt who joined in 1985.
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Over the years Billy has struggled to hold down a job in Walford, getting tied up in criminal dealings, as well as becoming a market trader, a chip shop assistant and an undertaker over the past two decades.
He's also had a relationship with Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks), got married to Little Mo Morgan (Kacey Ainsworth) and cheated on his second wife Honey Mitchell with Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White).
Is Perry Fenwick married and does he have children?
Perry dated his Watching co-star Emma Wray for several years and then met and married his ex-wife and former Coronation Street star Angela Lonsdale.
He was married to the actress, who was well known for playing Curly Watts' wife Emma Taylor, between 2005 and 2011, before they announced their sudden split.
The former couple share three children together, Lucy, Isabella, and Jayden.
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What is Perry Fenwick's net worth?
Back in 2006 it was leaked that Perry was on £320,000 a year salary at EastEnders while playing Billy Mitchell.
And in 2017 Radio Times revealed that high earning soap star regulars like Adam Woodyatt and Danny Dyer get paid between £200,000 and £249,999.
While other soap regulars like Laurie Brett (Jane Beale), Letitia Dean (Sharon Mitchell), Tameka Empson (Kim Fox), Linda Henry (Shirley Carter), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning), Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale) and Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler) were all earning between £150,000 and £199,999.
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