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EastEnders star: Now I can have normal life

PUBLISHED: 17:27 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 10:40 12 August 2010

HIS on-screen death on EastEnders attracted nearly 17 million viewers, but actor Charlie Clements has said he hated the attention the soap brought him.

HIS on-screen death on EastEnders attracted nearly 17 million viewers, but actor Charlie Clements has said he hated the attention the soap brought him.

The 22-year-old star, from Bromley, played lovable nice guy Bradley Branning in the BBC soap for four years.

Sidcup-born Clements, a former pupil of Coopers Technology School in Chislehurst, has revealed: "I hate all the attention. I can't go anywhere without people coming up to me and asking me about EastEnders.

"I want to be able to lead a normal life. Go to the pub or a club with my mates and not get hassled.

"I know it comes with the territory of being in such a big show like EastEnders so that's why I decided to leave.

"Hopefully, things will get back to some normality for me once I haven't been in the show for a few months."

Clements first got the part of Bradley soon after leaving Coopers in 2005 following his A-levels.

Before taking up an acting career, he worked part-time at Waitrose in Bromley South, where his brother still works at weekends.

His role as Bradley came to an end during the live episode of EastEnders that saw him plunge to his death from the roof of the Queen Vic as he tried to escape police who believed him to be the murderer of Archie Mitchell.

But 16.6 million viewers tuned in to find that Bradley's on-screen wife Stacey, played by Lacey Turner, was the killer when she confessed to his father Max (Jake Wood), bringing the long-running whodunnit plotline to an end.

Speaking after the episode, Clements said: "I am drained of everything, I tell you! It's crazy. It's been so emotional. It was a big way to go out."

Viewing figures make the episode the most-watched programme this year, beating a previous episode on New Year's Day featuring the Masood wedding, which was watched by 12.3 million.

EastEnders' executive producer Diederick Santer said: "These numbers go far beyond what we ever hoped for.

"I am so proud of our cast and crew for their incredible performance. This rating is the icing on our silver anniversary cake."

The biggest EastEnders audience ever came in 1986, when 30.15 million tuned in to the Christmas Day episode to see Den Watts present Angie with divorce papers.

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