EastEnders star Nick Berry, 58, looks unrecognisable during outing in Essex

EastEnders star Nick Berry, 58, looks unrecognisable during outing in Essex
EastEnders star Nick Berry, 58, looks unrecognisable during outing in Essex

He shot to fame after portraying Simon Wicks in EastEnders and Sergeant Nick Rowan in Heartbeat in the 80s and 90s.

And Nick Berry looked worlds away from his famous soap characters as he ran errands in Essex.

The former heartthrob, 58, was almost unrecognisable as he sported a white beard and grey locks on the outing. 

Out and about: Nick Berry looked worlds away from his famous soap characters as he ran errands in Essex

Out and about: Nick Berry looked worlds away from his famous soap characters as he ran errands in Essex

The actor cut a casual figure in a grey T-shirt which he paired with a yellow padded jacket.

Nick also sported a pair of navy trousers and matching trainers along with a pair of sunglasses. 

The star made his last TV appearance in 2012 at the funeral of his on-screen EastEnders' mother Pat Butcher.

Nick had a stellar acting career on British television but stepped away from the screen aged 39 to raise his two sons.

Career: He shot to fame after portraying Simon Wicks in EastEnders and Sergeant Nick Rowan in Heartbeat in the 80s and 90s

Role: Nick starred in EastEnders from 1985-1990

Career: He shot to fame after portraying Simon Wicks in EastEnders and Sergeant Nick Rowan in Heartbeat in the 80s and 90s

After springing to fame as Simon Wicks in EastEnders in 1985, Berry left in 1990 and decamped to the Yorkshire Dales for a six year stint as Heartbeat's Sergeant Nick Rowan, before taking on the role of harbour master Mike Nicholls in Harbour Lights.

He reached heartthrob status with hordes of screaming fans besieging the BBC studios where the soap was filmed.

There was even a brief pop career too: in 1986 Berry released a single, Every Loser Wins, which became the second biggest-selling record in the UK that year.

Save for filming police drama In Deep as police detective Liam Ketman alongside Stephen Tompkinson, which ran from 2001-2003, Berry disappeared from view, turning his back on acting to become a stay-at-home father

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