Caunbs On The Farm star Shaun Williamson has admitted that he doesn’t expect the new MTV show to be the one that will eventually take him far from his beloved EastEnders character, Barry Evans.
Shaun joined EastEnders in 1994 and left the company 10 years later in 2004 – when his wife Janine Butcher killed Barry by knocking him off a cliff.
Shaun has never escaped his character since he left.
And he exclusively told Entertainment Daily that he is fully aware that he is “typing” himself by playing Barry in Extras.
What did Shaun Williamson say about celebs on the farm?
ED! asked if Shaun thought Celebs On The Farm might be the show that eventually takes him far from the popular EastEnders character.
You realize you are typing yourself on the show and then working with Ricky Gervais and playing Barry again. They know you are doing it to yourself.
“No, not me,” he laughed. “It’s one of those things.”
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Shaun added, “You realize that you type yourself on the show and then work with Ricky Gervais and play Barry again. They know you are doing it to yourself.
“But the likelihood of Uncle Vanya being offered to me at the Old Vic diminishes over the years. That’s the way it is. “
He added, “I just want to enjoy my life. Trust me, these experiences you will remember. If you sit on a porch at 80, you will remember jobs like this. “
Is Shaun still in touch with his EastEnders friends?
“It’s a lot easier to keep in touch with Facebook and Twitter,” he said.
“I don’t see anyone from EastEnders regularly, but I keep in touch with them on Facebook and stuff like that.
“It’s nice when you have an experience like this, when you meet the person, even if it’s two or three years later, you still have things in common to remember.”
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So does Shaun think his EastEnders co-stars will see him in a new light on Celebs On The Farm?
“I think you’ve seen me in a new light on a regular basis since I’ve left,” he said.
“I have an answering machine message that says, ‘I’ll do it!'” He joked.
“But that, celebs on the farm, was one of the most pleasant things I’ve done in my life, let alone in business. I’ve never really been to a farm since I was a kid on a school trip. “
Celebrities on the farm “saved” him
Shaun also quoted the show for “mentally” saving him in 2020.
He said: “I’ve done all sorts of weird and wonderful things since leaving EastEnders. I’m not the type of person who just wants to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. I like to be busy.
“I am so happy that this job came. It mentally saved me for 2020 and for two weeks we were able to forget all about COVID – even though we were tested regularly. It really saved the year for me. “
Celebs On The Farm is brand new to MTV and premieres tonight (February 8th) at 9 p.m.
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