EastEnders' Bradley Branning actor Charlie Clements quits job as chef to work in a garden centre after leaving soap

EASTENDERS favourite Bradley Branning actor Charlie Clements has been working at a garden centre to make ends meet during lockdown.

The telly star, who was tragically killed off from the BBC soap in 2010, started off as a chef at the venue.

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But, when eateries were closed during England's coronavirus-imposed lockdowns, Charlie switched up to the plant department and gushed he found a "new love" for horticulture.

Sidcup-born Charlie, 33, told Metro of the enforced career switch and said: "I've been working as a chef in a garden centre close to where I live.

"I’d always enjoyed cooking so I applied and they took me on. I was thrown in at the deep end.

“It was hard work but I’ve enjoyed it. I started in November 2019.

"Acting will always be my first love but I got to the point, like a lot of actors do, where you’re not always going to be working and you need to find other ways of supporting yourself and your family."

The Bill actor added: "Coming out of lockdown I’ve been back at the garden centre but obviously the restaurant is closed so I’ve been moved out into the plant department.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

"I’ve found a new love for plants that I didn’t realise I had."

Charlie will be juggling his new green-fingered position with his role in the West End's Mousetrap production.

With theatres now permitted to re-open as part of the Government's lockdown easing roadmap, he can tackle the role of Sergeant Trotter in the adaptation of Agatha Christie's masterpiece.

Meanwhile, Charlie has carved out a successful stage career since his soap exit more than a decade ago.

He attended the Royal Academy of Arts to gain a Masters Degree, before bagging roles in Charles Dickens play, The Haunting, as well as in Casualty and Murder Mysteries.

Speaking of his EastEnders exit, which saw him plunge from the roof of the Queen Vic pub, Charlie previously revealed: "I have been at EastEnders for nearly four years and I have enjoyed every minute with some fantastic storylines.

“But I feel that now is the time to take on some new roles.”

He has since denied he would return from the grave as a ghost character, should the opportunity be presented by BBC script-writers.

He told The Sun in 2017: "They resurrect characters sometimes but even if they wanted Bradley back as a ghost I wouldn’t take up that offer. I didn’t let them kill me off but before I started on the show I always said that I wanted to do four years and that was it."

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