Paul Nicholas of EastEnders was unaware of Gavin Sullivan’s death until he read the news in the papers.
EXCLUSIVE: EastEnders legend Paul Nicholas has revealed that he didn’t find out he was being fired from the soap until he read it in the Brinkwire Sunday paper.
Paul Nicholas, the EastEnders villain, learned he was being killed off by reading about it in the Sunday Brinkwire.
Last spring, show creators decided that Gavin Sullivan’s character would die five years after leaving Albert Square — but they didn’t tell him.
When we printed photos of the funeral scenes being filmed, Paul, 77, realized what was going on.
“When you’re on EastEnders, they don’t tell you stuff,” he explained.
They didn’t tell me I was leaving in 2016, and then I read in the script that Gavin was being taken away by the cops, and he was gone.
“Then they didn’t tell me they were killing him off last year.”
I found out when I saw in the newspaper that he had passed away and that a funeral service had been held for him.
“As a result of the Brinkwire Sunday, I found out what was going on.
Sometimes you just find out stuff like that.
In some ways, it’s amusing.”
Gavin’s daughter Sharon Watts threw his ashes in a bin because she despised him, according to our exclusive photos from his funeral last February.
Paul was ecstatic that his character would be given such a dramatic send-off.
“I liked the idea of Sharon tossing me into a garbage can,” he said.
That’s a clever piece of writing, in my opinion.
It was absolutely wonderful.
“I’m glad they bothered to have Gavin’s funeral.”
It was satisfying to learn what had happened to him in the end.”
Paul is still hoping to return to the BBC soap despite the fact that his character has been killed off.
Den Watts (Leslie Grantham) and Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) were previously said to have died, but they both returned.
“Gavin can always come back when the writers get around to me,” Paul explained.
“I’d like to go back.”
I might only be able to come in for one line.
I don’t even need to be noticed.
That is the scenario in which I find myself.
Perhaps the writers aren’t envisioning the same scenario.”
In his new autobiography, Music, Marigolds, and Me, Paul recounts his time on EastEnders.