Steve McFadden is most famous for playing "hard man" Phil Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, a role he has portrayed since 1990. He also played Phil in a cameo appearance in Dimensions in Time, the Doctor Who/EastEnders cross-over sketch broadcast during the 1993 Children in Need charity drive to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Doctor Who. In 2003 he left the soap for a year off doing pantomimes. In early 2005 he made a brief return and later, on 24 October 2005, he made another return to EastEnders on a permanent basis. He famously dated Lucy Benjamin, who played his on-screen girlfriend Lisa in EastEnders.
McFadden was dogged by bad publicity in 2005. On 3 November 2005, he was the victim of an assault, believed to have been perpetrated by his ex-partner, who earlier in the year had made claims about McFadden's private life in the tabloid press. The woman was released with a police caution. Apparently coincidentally, this incident took place on the same day that Ross Kemp, the other Mitchell brother in the series, was assaulted by his wife.
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