EastEnders‘ newcomer Ricky Norwood says that his character in the soap looks up to Walford’s resident businessman Ian Beale.

Ricky joined EastEnders this week as wheeler dealer Fatboy – real name Arthur Chubb – who also appears in the BBC1 soap’s online spin-off E20 from Friday.

Ricky told whatsontv.co.uk: “Fatboy tries to adapt a persona so he’s perceived as somebody big. That’s why he’s interested in money because money equals status and status equals power.

“Fatboy admires Ian Beale because of his business sense and, with his ‘wannabe’ personality, he sees that Ian has businesses all over Albert Square, so he looks up to that.”

E20 launches on www.bbc.co.uk/eastenders/e20/ on Friday January 8 at 8.30pm.

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