Playing the idiot of the square Arthur ‘Fatboy’ Chubb in Eastenders may look like fun and games but actor Ricky Norwood revealed how the off screen heartbreak he suffered during his split with Sugababes singer Jade Ewen helped him stay in character during his on-screen break-up with actress Shona McGarty who played troubled brunette Whitney Dean.

Ricky told the Sun:

Those scenes really choked me up. I was channeling feelings from my real-life break-up — it was like exorcising something. It was good for the soul and I was really proud of the episode when I watched it back.

Jade and Ricky began dating in 2009 and were even planning on getting married before they split in September as it was alleged that Jade wanted to concentrate on her career with the ever so busy Sugababes… Well I guess that backfired.