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Guest Insider | 10:10 UK time, Thursday, 2 June 2011

Charming newbie Eddie Moon hasn't been on the square five minutes and already he's had his first run in with eldest son Michael, but this isn't the first time David Essex has been asked to star in EastEnders.

Back when Honey was still on the scene, producers approached him to play the role of her dad but it didn't seem quite right for the man who shot to fame with a string of hits in the 70s.

On joining EastEnders...

Arriving on the Square in a heroic fashion, David explained his attraction to this new member of the Moon clan: "It's a great adventure for me. It's like you don't really know what you're doing until a day before, and then you do it. You have to think on your feet."

He went on to say that working on the award-winning soap is "daunting. It's like going to a new school. But they've been tremendously respectful and very welcoming."

Eddie Moon in Albert Square

On his character...

"Eddie is a strong character" David explains during a break from filming his opening scenes. "He's an ex-boxer" with a "chequered past which will unfold."

It seems that romance is also on the cards for the new Moon. "There is a spark between Eddie and Carol," David reveals, but with so much happening will it end up fizzling out before it's even began?

On family...

As with most characters in Albert Square, family seems to be at the forefront of Eddie's mind: "There's a massive rift between Michael and myself. We haven't really spoken for years. But as a father I reach out and try and mend that."

It appears that Michael isn't too keen though. With plenty of "powerful" and "dramatic" scenes between father and son, it may be a case of too little, too late.

On the future...

David isn't giving too much away about his future on Albert Square but it won't be long before his character is joined by two other sons Anthony and Tyler.

Wonder whether all this drama will leave Michael howling at the...Moon?...No? *hangs head in shame*

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