Ross Kemp teases EastEnders return on GMB as he’s ‘got a mortgage to pay’

Ross Kemp has teased he could return to EastEnders as “he has a mortgage to pay”.

The 56-year-old former soap star, who played hard man Grant Mitchell on the show on and off for 16 years, was asked about potentially returning to Walford during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

He was on the ITV breakfast show to discuss Cheers For Volunteers – a call for the public to raise a glass on July 4 to thank volunteers who have worked non-stop during lockdown.

When host Adil Ray asked the dad-of-four if being in boozers to promote Cheers For Volunteers made him yearn to be back in the Queen Vic, he joked: “You never say never!”

Ross was again grilled by Adil about what he was up to and if he had any acting gigs lined up.

He asked: "I haven't seen you act for a while, have you put that on the back burner? Are you looking at scripts?"

Ross, who also fronted Ross Kemp on Gangs and regularly releases hard-hitting documentaries nowadays, cheekily replied: "All I will say is I've got a mortgage like everyone else, so whatever comes my way!"

However making it clear he wasn't necessarily pushing for a return, he added: "Who knows? That's not my decision – it's somebody else's.”

Ross left the E20 drama in 1999 but returned for three months between 2005 and 2006 and again in 2016 as part of his mum Peggy Mitchell’s storyline.

He and his brother Phil, played by Steve McFadden, were known for their tough-guy personas.

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Phil is still a character on the show so it would not be beyond the realms of possibility for Grant to return.

Soap career aside, Ross is critically acclaimed for his BAFTA-winning work on Ross Kemp on Gangs.

He has also appeared in Emmerdale, London’s Burning and Birds of a Feather.

Ross used to be married to former newspaper editor Rebekah Wade. They divorced in 2009.

He is now married to an Australian called Renee O'Brien and they have three children.

Ross has another son with former partner Nicola Coleman, who used to be his makeup artist

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