EastEnders star John Partridge has revealed that he wanted his co-star to slap him for real in a scene, but was prevented by health and safety laws.

John’s character Christian Clarke was seen getting slapped round the face by Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia) during a heated row at New Year.

Asked if they wanted to do a real slap, John told This Morning: “Yeah we did at first, but they were like ‘absolutely not’. But when it came to it it looked brilliant.

“I think she might’ve knocked my teeth out if it was real!”

Responding to his remarks, a BBC spokesman told the Daily Mail: “As with most action scenes, we always have a stunt director present to make sure that our scenes look realistic but to ensure that no one is injured.

“If a scene permits and the actor chooses to do the stunt themselves, it would be carefully choreographed to make sure that no-one is injured during filming.”

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