Edward Woodward has said Dame Judi Dench likes to call him ‘Ewar’.
The actor, who is joining EastEnders as Tommy Clifford who arrives in Walford to interview Patrick Trueman about his early days as an immigrant, told the Radio Times about his nicknames.
He said: “Judi Dench and I were in a musical at the Criterion long ago and they had dayglo letters for the first time and my name was up there, but someone took all the Ds out, so she called me Ewar Woowar, and still does.”
He continued: “Then Olivier, God rest him, said to Noel Coward in the ’60s, ‘That young chap in your play, his name sounds like a f*rt in a bath, doesn’t it? Edwub wub wub.’
“So I’m called Edwub by a number of people and Ewar by others.”
Edward, who had prostate cancer in 2003, walks with a stick.
He said: “I use the stick to advantage in EastEnders, and I did The Bill not long ago and I used the stick in that. There’s no problem.”