Colin Salmon reveals decision to join EastEnders was led by desire to be close ... trends now
Colin Salmon has revealed that his decision to take up a role in Eastenders was led by his desire to be close to his 'unwell' wife.
The star, 60, best known as MI6 aide Charles Robinson in three 007 films, admitted that he needed work that wouldn't be 'far from home' because his wife of 35 years, artist Fiona Hawthorne, has a lung disease.
Subsequently, when the role, based in London, came up, it was a 'no brainer'.
Speaking to The Mirror, the father-of-four explained that anyone who doubted his decision to join the BBC soap had got it all wrong.
He said: 'They don't know me. It's a no-brainer. My wife's not well so I can't be far from home.
New role: Colin Salmon has revealed that his decision to take up a role in Eastenders was led by his desire to be close to his 'unwell' wife
'I was born in the Mothers' Hospital, in Clapton Pond, decades ago, and I'm an East Ender and it was a big show for us growing up. Everybody I've told I'm doing this has got really excited.'
Reflecting on his career journey so far, Colin added: 'The universe has been really kind and I'm loving it.
'It's like a meeting of theatre, film and telly – it's a different genre. You've got to work hard. I like working hard and I'm happy.'
Colin starred as MI6 aide Charles Robinson opposite Pierce Brosnan in three James Bond films from 1997 to 2002, and has also starred in Doctor Who, 24, and Arrow.
But now, veteran actor Colin is set to join as EastEnders' newest family The Knights - who will make their grand arrival in Walford next week, causing a huge stir as they prepare to take over the Queen Vic.
Colin, playing George Knight, is set to move into The Square as Elaine Peacock's hunky new man, joined by his two daughters Anna and Gina.
Linda (Kellie Bright) is furious when she learns George and his family having moved back from Marbella to help run the Queen Vic.
In the upcoming episodes, George Knight rocks up in Walford with his daughters Anna and Gina in tow.
Supportive: The star, 60, best known as MI6 aide Charles Robinson in three 007 films, admitted that he needed work that wouldn't be 'far from