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EastEnders fans pleasantly surprised by Harry Redknapp’s acting skills as he makes his cameo

Harry Redknapp made his debut on EastEnders on Friday night and viewers were left suitably impressed.

The legendary football manager, 74, popped up in Walford to visit his pal Terry ‘Rocky’ Cant (Brian Conley) and stopped by the Queen Vic for a pint, much to the delight of Hammers fan landlord Mick Carter (Danny Dyer). 

And his short stint on the square left viewers at home applauding his acting skills, with one even tipping his for success at next year’s BAFTA TV Awards.

A triumph! Harry Redknapp made his debut on EastEnders on Friday night and viewers were left suitably impressed

The episode saw Harry, who played himself, shock residents as he turned up to visit Terry, none more so than Terry’s daughter Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy), who was convinced her dad was lying about his friendship with Harry. 

After mingling with the locals, Harry then headed into the Queen Vic where he walked in an asked: ‘Hello governor, can I get a pint, please?’, leaving landlord Mick and wife Linda (Kellie Bright) stunned.

Mick was seen fumbling with his words, begore getting the football legend to sign his West Ham shirt, gushing that he’s ‘been Hammers since birth, me’. 

Visit: The legendary football manager, 74, popped up in Walford to visit his pal Terry 'Rocky' Cant (Brian Conley) and stopped by the Queen Vic for a pint, much to the delight of Hammers fan landlord Mick Carter (Danny Dyer)

Visit: The legendary football manager, 74, popped up in Walford to visit his pal Terry ‘Rocky’ Cant (Brian Conley) and stopped by the Queen Vic for a pint, much to the delight of Hammers fan landlord Mick Carter (Danny Dyer)

After Mick declared Harry was ‘one of the greatest West Ham managers of all time’, the two had some banter about Spurs before Harry declared that Mick had a ‘nice pub’. 

The I’m A Celebrity winner then snapped a socially-distanced selfie with Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) outside.

Taking to Twitter, fans shared their delight at Harry’s cameo, with some even declaring his acting could win him awards. 

Hello my friend: The episode saw Harry, who played himself, shock residents as he turned up to visit Terry, none more so than Terry's daughter Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy), who was convinced her dad was lying about his friendship with Harry

Hello my friend: The episode saw Harry, who played himself, shock residents as he turned up to visit Terry, none more so than Terry’s daughter Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy), who was convinced her dad was lying about his friendship with Harry

Big fan: Harry then headed into the Queen Vic where he walked in an asked: 'Hello governor, can I get a pint, please?', leaving landlord Mick and wife Linda (Kellie Bright) stunned

Big fan: Harry then headed into the Queen Vic where he walked in an asked: ‘Hello governor, can I get a pint, please?’, leaving landlord Mick and wife Linda (Kellie Bright) stunned

Chit chat: After Mick declared Harry was 'one of the greatest West Ham managers of all time', the two had some banter about Spurs before Harry declared that Mick had a 'nice pub'

Chit chat: After Mick declared Harry was ‘one of the greatest West Ham managers of all time’, the two had some banter about Spurs before Harry declared that Mick had a ‘nice pub’

‘Absolutely loved Harry in eastEnders tonight he fitted in perfectly, Total natural at acting’ gushed one fan.

While another shared: ‘Oh my gosh Harry Redknapp in Eastenders … that’s just made my Friday’

‘Harry Redknapp’s cameo was better acted than some of the actual cast’ declatred a third watcher.

‘#EastEnders Harry Redknap acted better than any of the EastEnders cast, BAFTA for Sir Harry Redknap’ wrote a fourth. 

Very impressed: Taking to Twitter, fans shared their delight at Harry's cameo, with some even declaring his acting could win him awards

Very impressed: Taking to Twitter, fans shared their delight at Harry’s cameo, with some even declaring his acting could win him awards

‘Harry Redknapp Shoe In For The Baftas Next Year Surely [sic]’, suggested a fifth fan.

Another exclaimed: ‘Give Harry all the soap awards right now!’

With an additional person adding: ‘It appears Harry Redknapp is a better actor than most the #EastEnders cast!’

Ahead of his debut scenes, Harry told The Sun of the role: ‘I just thought I’d pop into the Vic for a pint.’

Say cheese: The I'm A Celebrity winner also snapped a socially-distanced selfie with Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) outside

Say cheese: The I’m A Celebrity winner also snapped a socially-distanced selfie with Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) outside

He added: ‘I’ve watched it [EastEnders] so many times over the years, so to be here is just fantastic.

‘It’s amazing being here, as I say, watching the programme for so many years. And my missus don’t miss it. It’s her favourite.’

EastEnders continues Monday at 8.05pm on BBC One, while all the week’s episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer.

Success: Harry's EastEnders cameo went down very well with fans

Success: Harry’s EastEnders cameo went down very well with fans


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