Enders’ Jamie Foreman reveals Derek’s ‘soft side’

EastEnders star Jamie Foreman has revealed his screen alter ego Derek Branning might appear to be the hardman but deep down has a softer side to his personality.

Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, the actor said that while he has enjoyed Derek’s fights, conflicts and dirty dealings, he was looking forward to showing off other aspects of the character’s personality which would surprise viewers.

“Derek is a passionate man who can have a lot of consideration for other people – believe it or not!” Jamie said.

“In the future we’re going to see a different side to Derek that will take some viewers by surprise. I’ve had some great days in the studio lately, where I’ve been getting involved with characters that I never thought he’d be put together with.”

And the 44-year-old also said he would love to see Derek find love in Albert Square.

“He’s been flirting with every woman on the show trying to get a bird, and he still hasn’t got one!” Jamie joked.

“Derek’s main priority is his family, but it would be lovely if they brought a lady in for him who’s attractive and feisty – someone like Carol actually!

“It’d be great to see Derek fall in love.”