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EastEnders star Richard Blackwood says leaving his role as Vincent Hubbard was ‘scary’

He said his last scenes were emotional to film

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Former EastEnders actor Richard Blackwood has revealed that leaving the BBC soap was emotional and scary for him.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, he spoke out about how he felt about his departure as Vincent Hubbard who bowed out on Friday night.

Richard Blackwood said leaving EE was scary (Credit: BBC)

Read more: EastEnders fans baffled by Vincent’s dark exit

He told the mag: “It did feel really emotional because when they said: ‘That’s a wrap,’ it was a wrap for good.

“That brought it home and we were all hugging. But we felt we did an amazing job so to come out on a high is great.”

He went on to say: “It’s a great platform and it’s regular work, which in the world of acting is a great feeling.

“To leave that is always a scary thing but we believed and knew that we have enough. I have a lot of respect for EastEnders they took the risk when they cast me.”

Fans were left puzzled by his exit (Credit: BBC)

He also opened up about his bankruptcy which left him on the verge of suicide back in 2003.

Speaking candidly he revealed: “I had lost everything and I went bankrupt. After that I got blacklisted by the industry – no work was coming. Everybody turned against me.”

Meanwhile EastEnders fans were left scratching their heads over Vincent’s dark exit last week.

His exit was unconventional, and left fans wondering what had happened to the criminal-turned-police-informer.

On his uppers since Aidan bought the Albert for £1, Vincent had gone back to his old police informer ways in his desperation for cash.

But when Phil got wise to what he was up to, he made a phone call to Aidan and things started to look bleak for poor Vincent.

Richard with Steve McFadden as Phil (Credit: BBC)

Frantically he packed a bag, and told Kim he’d booked them a special break.

But bolshy Kim dug her heels in and demanded to know waht was going on.

“I want to know the truth, Vincent,” she said.

“The money I told you about, it’s not going to be enough to get us out of trouble,” he said. “We’re going to lose everything, the house, the lot…”

But Phil had given Aidan’s hired thugs – and corrupt cop DCI Alsworth – the nod to rough Vincent up.

“Nothing too strong,” he said. “Just scare him.”

But  it seemed they’d gone a step further when they bundled him into a car, speeded off to a deserted site, then produced a gun.

Kim will think Vincent has left her (Credit: BBC)

Vincent gave a little nod, and a smile – and the screen went black at the end of the episode.


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It was dramatic, all right, but fans were NOT impressed at such a vague ending for a fave character.

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EastEnders airs on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One

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