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Phil doesn't suffer fools gladly. He punches first, and thinks later. Don't mess with this East End hard nut... or else!
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|First appearance:||20th February 1990|
|Address:||55 Victoria Road|
It's a reflection of his ability to cover his tracks, silence witnesses, and of his trusted briefs' knowledge of legal loopholes that Phil's only been in prison a few times. But though he's untouchable as the guvnor of Albert Square, he does have an Achilles heel - faaaamily.
Leave it!Phil Mitchell
- Football team: Supports West Ham
- Likes: Power, curry, pie and mash
- Hobbies: Cars, football, boxing
- Dislikes: Musicals, theatres, dance and snakes
- Health issues: Heart attack and substance abuse
Being a Mitchell means everything to Phil. He and brother Grant ruled the Square, while grand matriarch Peggy looked on proudly. Not to mention his son and daughter - Ben and Louise. But the trouble with family is, they let you down. Phil and Grant had a tempestuous relationship.
When Phil slept with Grant's wife Sharon, Phil ended up in hospital. Peggy orchestrated a situation that lost him his daughter Louise. Though he made amends with Peggy before she left, he found her stifling. Troublesome sister Sam was a liability. He's always struggled to bond with his son Ben, who has lashed out at his father, frustrated by his lack of understanding and love, even getting him falsely imprisoned.
Another weakness of Phil's? Women. He's been married three times. First marriage was to Nadia, a Romanian refugee to whom he provided a visa. Wife number two was Kathy who left him and took Ben to South Africa; wife number three was Kate who grew tired of his criminal behaviour and left him. Basically, being married to Phil is as easy as being his child.
However, in Shirley he found a real partner. She might not have been a Mitchell, but she had the spirit, and was more than a match for him. She stuck by him through thin and thin - affairs, substance abuse and prison; and was as tough as he is.
But this is Albert Square and happy couples don't tend to stay that way for long. After Shirley found out that Phil's son Ben was responsible for Hev's murder, Shirley lost her reason. The revelation that Phil had known all along was too much for Shirley to handle and she called it a day on their relationship. However, after a heated meeting between the two, Shirley has begun offering her silence at a cost. Cue the blackmail!
With all his family gone, Phil looked set to live a solitary life... that is until the surprise revelation that son Ben fathered Lexi, and he is actually a Grandad! Phil fought tooth and nail to try and get Lexi back into the Mitchell fold, even recruiting old flame Sharon into his ruse. Once he had custody of Lexi, it was clear that he thought she would be better off under his watchful eye, sabotaging numerous chances for Lola to be reunited with her daughter. However, having watched Lola grow up and take on more responsibility, Phil realised the time was right to let Lexi go back to her mum.
Phil's still had some pretty strong feelings for old flame Sharon, and had constantly tried to get between her and hubby to be Jack... he was gutted when Sharon turned down his wedding proposal in favour for Jack. Phil even tried to make Sharon jealous by dating her best mate Tanya, and while that relationship died before it ever really got started, it was enough to get Sharon examining her feelings for the two main men in her life. Although she went on to share a secret kiss with Phil, Sharon decided to go ahead with her wedding to Jack, and leave the past where it belongs... pity Jack didnt feel the same way and he decided not to go ahead with the wedding. Phil put his cards on the table and declared his love for Sharon... and Sharon seemed willing to give it another go with her old flame... but her problem with prescription painkillers quickly worsened, and when Phil found her passed out when looking after Lexi, he knew he could no longer trust Sharon and threw her out onto the streets.
With Shirley continuing to blackmail him, and loosing £10,000 thanks to Dexter, Phil needed money, and so agreed to join Carl on a job which ended in a car crash and him being airlifted to hospital. Now, after a stern talking to by Peggy, Phil's out of hospital and back on The Square. With Carl trying to take control in his absence, he had a busy time putting people back in their places.
Phil was not impressed when he found out that Ian had set Max up, and it was in fact Carl who had caused his near fatal car crash. In fact, Phil was dead set in killing Carl, until he pulled out his trump card: Kill me, and you'll never know what happened to Shirley. Fearing the worst, Phil agreed to spare Carl as he begged to learn of poor Shirley's fate... In fact, Shirley had just gone to stay with her sister Tina, as Carl had threatened Lola and Lexi if she didn't leave Walford.
Phil persuaded Shirley to return to The Square, and saught Carl out to finish the job he had started... but again, Carl had an insurance poilicy: if Phil laid one finger on him, he would arrange it so people could get to Ben in prison. It seemed that Carl was untouchable... Did he finally replace Phil as Lord of the Manor?
However, Phil had more pressing matters to deal with; a certain recently reunited couple living in The Vic. With Roxy distraught and Ronnie angry, Phil decided to put The Vic up for sale to get back at Alfie for jilting Roxy! Oh Phil, what would Peggy say?
- Steve's early TV credits include guest appearances in Bergerac and Minder and a part in the 1988 drama series The Firm with Gary Oldman.
- In 2000, he took a break from EastEnders to appear in the BBC's anthology series Murder In Mind.
- On the big screen, he played a gang member in Buster and a bouncer in Kevin and Perry Go Large.
- Steve is a keen swimmer, and completed The Great North Swim in 35 minutes in aid of the RNLI.
- He's a keen sailor and has his own boat.
- He studied at and subsequently graduated from London's prestigious RADA.