Nick Nevern has allegedly been cast as Sam Mitchell’s ex Don in EastEnders.
The Brit gangster film star, 41, will reportedly feature in a storyline that sees him attempt to win back Sam, when he makes his debut in the BBC soap.
A source told The Sun: ‘It’s a huge coup for the show. Nick will really shake things up on his arrival. He’ll be a great addition to Albert Square.’
‘It’s a huge coup for the show!’ Gangster film star Nick Nevern has been ‘cast as Sam Mitchell’s ex Don in EastEnders’ where he’ll ‘really shake things up’ (pictured in 2021)
Played by Kim Medcalf, Phil Mitchell’s sister returned to EastEnders last April, but she was previously played by Danniella Westbrook until her departure in 2016.
Nick is well-known for his role in the 2012 remake of The Sweeney, where he acted alongside Ray Winstone, but also starred in Strippers vs Werewolves, The Fall of the Essex Boys, The Hooligan Factory. Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie and BBC’s Motherland.
MailOnline has contacted the BBC and Nick’s representatives for comment.
Earlier this year, Danniella threatened to sue the soap for replacing her with Kim without her knowledge.
Character: Played by Kim Medcalf (pictured), Phil Mitchell’s sister returned to EastEnders last April, but she was previously played by Danniella Westbrook until her departure in 2016
Danniella took to Twitter following the announcement and claimed EastEnders would be hearing from her ‘legal team’ and also hinted at future revelations that she has ‘never told’ in her upcoming book.
Danniella began her rant with a cryptic tweet reading: ‘Well well well who knew [laughing emojis] all I can say is thanks looks like I dodged a bullet.’
The TV star wished Kim well as she reprises the role both actresses have played over the years, while suggesting Kim would have to play it similar to her version of Sam.
She wrote: ‘Wishing Kym the best of luck at @BBCEastEnders yet again this poor woman has to recreate a Samantha Mitchell as close to my last two recent come backs on the square go smash it darling..x’.
Danniella then added: ‘Oh but not to @BBCEastEnders my legal team will be in touch to know why when I held the…
Talented: Nick is well-known for his role in the 2012 remake of The Sweeney, where he acted alongside Ray Winstone (pictured in-character in 2017’s Prime Suspect 1973)
‘@bbceastenders contract too the last two times the character bounced in &out on a ratings or stint. For the record I was never sacked or dismissed and saw out both contracts one of them even being extended for episodes. It’s great 2 C the same level of care standards & loyalty 2
‘@bbceastenders you bang on about having and giving to both new & old members of cast is still going as strong then as it always has… not just me as Sam that needs replacing I’d look closer to the top of the show and cut that dead wood after all it’s all about evolving.’
‘Bet you all can’t wait for my new book now can ya ….. oh it’s gonna go way back to the things I’ve never ever told #beafraidpeople #itsallgood’.
Days later, Danniella told The Sun that she was ‘shocked’ not to have been told about the casting decision prior to it being made public.
She said: ‘I’ve been known as Sam Mitchell for 32 years. But nobody at EastEnders contacted me to let me know they had recast Kim in the role. There wasn’t even an email to my agent. I was shocked because they do have a responsibility to tell me and someone should have.’
The star added: ‘The bosses have seen me go through addiction and they have no idea where I am today.
‘Thankfully I’m OK. But if I hadn’t been it could have had very serious consequences for me.’
The daughter of Peggy Mitchell, made her first appearance in Walford in 1990, originally played by Danniella but was replaced by Kim in 2002, while she battled her highly publicised cocaine addiction.
Not happy: Earlier this year, Danniella threatened to sue the soap for replacing her with Kim without her knowledge (pictured as Sam)
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