Student makes EastEnders debut

Student Bart Edwards made his debut on top soap EastEnders this week as new boyfriend to teenage tearaway Lucy Beale.

The 19-year-old student from the Arts Educational School in Tring hit our screens as scruffy Olly.

Lucy's controlling dad Ian instantly took a dislike to the new boyfriend, who is five years older than his daughter and dubbed him the 'son of Swampy'.

The Gazette last month (May) exclusively revealed that Mr Edwards had bagged a role on the hit show after being spotted by one of the directors while performing in a musical.

Despite the on-screen tension between Olly and Ian Beale played by Adam Woodyatt, Mr Edwards said he got on particularly well with the actor when cameras were not rolling.

However, EastEnders is keeping tight lipped on the new character and a spokesman for the show said Mr Edwards is not doing any media interviews at the moment.

The teenager of Park Road, Tring, is in his final year of sixth form where he is studying musical theatre.