‘Bosses feel I lack credibility in roles’: EastEnders’ Shaun Williamson claims he can’t get hired for ‘serious’ TV jobs because of Barry Evans soap past
EastEnders icon Shaun Williamson has claimed he can’t get hired for ‘serious’ roles due to his soap past.
The 54-year-old TV star – who played loveable Barry Evans in the BBC One show between 1994 and 2004 – believes his association with the soap character means industry bosses wouldn’t consider him for more experimental jobs.
‘They won’t hire me to be the serial killer in the next series of Line Of Duty because they would feel I lack credibility in that sort of role’, the actor said in a new interview.
Candid: EastEnders’ Shaun Williamson has claimed he can’t get hired for ‘serious’ roles due to his soap past (pictured as Barry with Charlie Brooks as Janine before she kills him in 2004)
The media personality insisted that while he thinks it’s ‘tragic’ he can’t further his career by taking on different roles, he has still managed to earn ‘well-paid’ work with his typical comedic portrayals.
Shaun added to Daily Star: ‘You make a conscious decision when you leave a soap that you either stay on the path of being a serious dramatic actor or you become a TV personality and I erred towards the latter.
‘I did Five Go Barging last year and what a craic to be on a barge for two weeks with John Prescott. No-one’s going to pay me to be Uncle Vanya in ‘Chekhov’ and there is something a little bit tragic about that, but that’s just the way it goes.’
The 54-year-old TV star believes his association with the soap character means industry bosses wouldn’t consider him for more experimental jobs (pictured in 2019)
‘I won’t be a serial killer in Line Of Duty’: The thespian insisted he thinks it’s ‘tragic’ he can’t further his career by taking on different roles (Martin Compston pictured in the crime drama)
Despite rising to fame on EastEnders, the Extras star confessed he wouldn’t mind switching lanes by appearing in a rival soap such as Emmerdale or Coronation Street.
Shaun’s legendary character Barry was killed by his unfaithful partner Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) after she pushed him off a cliff in a bid to inherit his wealth.
The thespian has gone on to star in shows such as Dani’s House, Scoop and Life’s Too Short, as well as dabbling in stage and radio productions.
Last month, the artist revealed he has a secret son after fathering a child with a circus juggler over 30 years ago.
Keeping busy: The media personality said he’s still managed to earn ‘well-paid’ work with his typical comedic portrayals (pictured in Mister Winner with Spencer Jones)
The singer described how he received an email in 2013 by a 32-year-old man named Gary living in Northern Ireland who claimed to be his son.
The Maidstone native, who has a daughter Sophie, 22, and son Joseph, 20 with ex-wife Melanie Sacre, told how the revelation was ‘the most frightening but amazing discovery’.
He told The Sun on Sunday: ‘When I found out I had another son, I was stunned. I was shaking when I went to meet him.
‘He said he never thought in a million years that Barry from EastEnders could be his dad.’
What a shock! Last month, the artist revealed he has a secret son after fathering a child with a circus juggler over 30 years ago (pictured with his secret son Gary in 2018)