EastEnders' Fatboy actor Ricky Norwood is unrecognisable 13 years on from soap debut

EASTENDERS' Fatboy played the lovable comedian in Albert Square for five years before he was tragically killed off.

Fast forward 13 years on from his soap debut and actor Ricky Norwood is unrecognisable from the cheeky chappie on the BBC One soap.

The TV star regularly gives fans a glimpse inside his life since leaving the programme – including photos at events, snaps alongside his former co-stars and other acting gigs he's landed.

The babyfaced youngster, who joined Walford in 2010, looked very different as he showcased his grey quiff hairstyle.

The 35-year-old star recently surprised fans when he made an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing in October.

The actor, who appeared on Strictly in 2013, returned to the BBC One show to support former co-star Nina Wadia.

Ricky played Arthur ‘Fatboy’ Chubb until he was dramatically killed in a car crash in 2015.

Ricky appeared alongside actor Matt Lapinskas who played Anthony Moon, and Sam Attwater who played Leon Small in a clip during Nina's rehearsals.

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The trio offered Nina, 52, dancing tips before she took to the dancefloor to show off her foxtrot with pro dancer Neil Jones.

Fans were thrilled to see Ricky on their screens again, taking to social media to share how much they missed the character on Fatboy.

One wrote: "Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb from #EastEnders in Nina Wadia's training room VT has made my night. RIP #Strictly"

Another posted: "FATBOY ON STRICTLY!!!!"

A third shared: "Catching up on Strictly and seeing Matt, Sam and Ricky with Nadia just made me nostalgic! #EastEnders"

A fourth added: "Omd Fatboy I still miss him and his relationship with Dot. #strictly"

Ricky also appeared in series 2 and 3 of EastEnders: E20 as Fatboy, as well as spin-offs East Street and All I Want for Christmas.

Since Ricky's days in Albert Square the actor has not shied away from the limelight.

He has starred on Strictly Come Dancing, as well as appearing on series 18 of Celebrity Big Brother, where he finished runner up.

He also landed the sequel to Netflix's popular film The Princess Switch, where he played Reggie in The Princess Switch: Again, alongside High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens.

At the time he wrote: "So happy to let you all know … I GOT THE PART..!!! @NetflixUK Christmas Film #ThePrincessSwitched sequel!!

"Been shooting this week and everyone has been lovely, check out my Instagram Officialrickynorwood: I will be posting when I can! Sending you all big love.”

Speaking about landing the role as Fatboy in the BBC One soap, he said at the time: "I am so excited to be on the show.

"It's an honour to now be part of a show that has been on in my house for as long as I have been alive.

“I am born and bred in the East End—a stone's throw from the real Albert Square. It feels like a homecoming.

"I love being part of a cast that feels like family and can't wait to have a scene in The Vic."

Back in 2016, the actor revealed his secret battle with depression after he was axed from EastEnders.

In 2014 a video of the star smoking cannabis and performing a sex act during a Skype chat surfaced, prompting bosses to suspend him for two months.

Shortly after he left the show permanently after producers decided to axe his character.

Ricky revealed that there "was a particular female that sold [him] out".

The former soap actor says: "I went into deep depression, I didn’t want to leave my house. I got suspended from my job for two months; I held my hands up."

He added: "When it came to the end of the contract, it was end of the contract. Normally I’d get a renewal."

But he says that he was "happy" regardless: "I was only supposed to be there for three months, I was there just under six years…”

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