Former EastEnders star Larry Lamb has said that his interpretation of Archie Mitchell was inspired by his own father.
The 63-year-old, whose book Mummy’s Boy, about his troubled upbringing, has just been published, left the soap at the end of 2009 after his scheming character was murdered in the Queen Vic.
“My father was the sort of person who, in the middle of a roaring tirade, would say, ‘You don’t know how lucky you are to have a father like me’,” Larry revealed.
“The design of Archie came from this tyrannical character who was absolutely convinced that he was always right.”
He added, “My dad was such a strange person, highly intelligent with an extraordinarily mathematical mind, but so screwed up and cruel.”
Larry also admitted that although he is busy promoting the book and spending time with his family, he misses being a part of EastEnders.
“I was disappointed in the fact that it was the end of a well-paid job with lovely people. It was all structured and I was part of a great big operation and I liked that,” he said.
Meanwhile, Larry is to be reunited with Barbara Windsor – who played his screen wife Peggy Mitchell – on TV for the first time since he left EastEnders.
The pair appear together in an advert in support of Comic Relief, in which he asks Barbara, “Have you missed me?” before she puts a cream cake covered with a Comic Relief red nose in his face.