EastEnders sign Jade Goody’s son Bobby Brazier as bosses recast child of show legend


THE eldest son of tragic Big Brother star Jade Goody has landed a role in EastEnders.

Bobby Brazier, 19, joins the BBC1 soap’s cast as a “mischievous” member of the Slater family this autumn.

He said: “I’m really excited and very grateful. Loving every minute so far.”

Model Bobby is the son of TV presenter Jeff Brazier, 43, and Jade, who died of cervical cancer in 2009 aged 27.

Jade Goody would be so proud of actor son Bobby after he landed the role, a friend said last night.

Bobby Brazier is to play returning character Freddie Slater, the son of Maureen “Little Mo” Slater.

Soap fans will seen him arrive on Albert Square this autumn.

Kate Lawler, who appeared alongside Jade as contestants in 2002’s Brother 3, said: “Jade would be so proud.

“I can just see Bobby being in EastEnders. His dad’s got that kind of accent and I can imagine him sounding like him.”

Kate added: “At the time she died it was so sad, and the older, I’ve got the more tragic it seems. But this is something so positive.”

Model Bobby is currently filming scenes as Freddie — who has not been seen in Walford since May 2006 when he was two years old.

He was born after Little Mo, played by Kacey Ainsworth, was raped. She refused to abort the baby, leading to the break-up of her marriage to Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick.

Freddie is described as someone with “a heart of gold” but also “a truckload of trouble.”

Bobby said: “I’m really excited to be joining the cast of EastEnders — so far it’s been perfect. Everybody has been so beautiful to me and made settling in easier than I could’ve hoped.

“Stepping into the acting world has always been a vision of mine and doing that with EastEnders as a Slater is a blessing.

“I’m very grateful. Loving every minute of Freddie so far and can’t wait to see what’s in store for him in Walford.”

Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw said: “Bobby is an amazing young addition to the EastEnders cast who brings heart and humility to the role and I can’t wait for audiences to get to know him.”

Despite finishing fourth in Big Brother 3, Jade became the programme’s biggest star.

Bobby is the eldest child of Jade’s relationship with Jeff. They had another boy, Freddie, in 2004, and split up shortly afterwards.

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