Chris Coghill has revealed that he was bombarded with fan mail from teenage girls after playing a paedophile in EastEnders’.

The actor, who is returning to the soap later this year to reprise his role as Tony King, said: “It’s so weird. I got so much fan mail, really inappropriate fan mail from teenage girls.

“When I first started – you get these little character cards that you autograph. I remember saying ‘well, I won’t need one of them, will I?’ It turns out that I did.”

Despite playing an unpleasant character, the actor said the public have been able to separate fact from fiction.

“Touch wood, I haven’t met anybody who hasn’t been able to tell the difference yet. I think you have to give people a little more credit than they generally get for that.

“I’ve had the odd old lady who says, ‘Ooh, you’re so evil’, but generally I’ve just had people say, ‘I think you’re really good in EastEnders’, which is great.

“I’ve had people come and up and say the storyline has meant something to them personally which is weird, but it obviously means it’s working.”

Last year, viewers saw Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) discover her fiance Tony, 33, had been in a three-year ‘relationship’ with 15-year-old stepdaughter Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty).

Tony will be seen on screen again when the case reaches court.

Chris added: “They’ve done the story so responsibly from day one, so they’ve got to finish it in a responsible way as well.”

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