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EastEnders star wanted to shed camp comedy persona with 'womaniser' role

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EastEnders. But it didn’t quite go as planned because the rumoured pretty girl he had to chase on the BBC soap was actually chain smoking OAP Dot Cotton.TV and film actor Hayes became a household name in the 1970s starring in the classic sitcom playing the effeminate Gunner Beaumont.READ MORE:EastEnders spoilers: Brutal murder, Stacey love triangle and surprise double returnMillions watched the BBC series about the Royal Artillery concert party and he has since told how many fans thought he was actually gay like Gloria – even though he was happily married.However, years later, he thought he could finally put the character to bed.His agent revealed he had been offered the role of “a womaniser with sexy scenes” on EastEnders.It would be a far cry from his flamboyant comedy character – playing a saucy romeo who chased after girls, but alas it did not go as he had planned.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.Hayes, now 87, revealed: ‘’My agent phoned me and said ‘I have got you a dozen episodes in EastEnders and there’s a bird involved.“I said ‘Oh that’s nice....

is she pretty?’ And he said ‘I think so’... I said ‘What’s her name?’ and he said ‘Dot Cotton!’.’’It turned out Melvyn was cast as a driving instructor called Michael Rawlins in 2005 who makes a pass at the pensioner during a lesson but was given the elbow.READ NEXT:EastEnders fans spot two soap stars making secret Harry Potter cameo in iconic sceneEastEnders' Ben leaves fans 'in tears' as he opens up to dad Phil in heartbreaking scenesEastEnders fans swoon over villain Ravi Gulati as they predict Stacey Slater romance.

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