EastEnders star Steve McFadden arrested

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EastEnders star Steve McFadden was arrested after allegedly harassing his former partner

EastEnders star Steve McFadden has been arrested over claims he harassed his former partner.

The 51-year-old actor was picked up by police in Haringey, north London, on Wednesday.

After being questioned, he was released on bail to return to a police station early next year.

It is understood McFadden - who plays EastEnders hard man Phil Mitchell - was arrested following a complaint by former partner Dr Rachel Sidwell.

The pair have a 17-month-old daughter, Amelie Tinkerbell.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "On Wednesday November 3 officers from Haringey arrested a 51-year-old man in connection with alleged harassment to cause violence against a female.

"He has since been bailed until a date in January."