Phil Daniels has reportedly said he thinks EastEnders should be axed as he branded soaps ‘the opium of the masses’.

The London-born actor – who played car salesman Kevin Wicks in the BBC soap opera between 2006 and 2007 – apparently told The Sun he thinks EastEnders has run its course and TV viewers should be offered something new.

Phil, 56, said: “I’d take it off the telly if I could. I just think it’s run its course. It’s nothing to do with any of the acting as I think people do really good work in it.

“I just feel that it is time for something different. EastEnders and Coronation Street seem a bit like the opium of the masses now. Why don’t they try something else for the British public?”

Phil Daniels with EastEnders co-star Diane Parish in 2007

Phil Daniels’ EastEnders character Kevin Wicks was in a relationship with Denise Fox, played by Diane Parish (Yui Mok/PA)


The Quadrophenia star – famous for lending his voice to Blur’s hit single Parklife – also complained that his character in the show had been too gloomy.

Phil said: “I went into the show to be a comedy part. Then the gags started disappearing and I had a kid that died of cystic fibrosis and a wife that was violent.

“My character got more and more miserable. I just don’t think they’ve got the writers for gags on that show. They need a few more jokes.”