Ricky Norwood

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Ricky Norwood
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BornRichard Colin Norwood
1988 (age 25–26) [1]
Tower Hamlets, London, England
OccupationActor
Years active2010–present
Partner(s)Jade Ewen (2009–2011)
 
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Ricky Norwood
Ricky Norwood.jpg
BornRichard Colin Norwood
1988 (age 25–26) [1]
Tower Hamlets, London, England
OccupationActor
Years active2010–present
Partner(s)Jade Ewen (2009–2011)

Richard "Ricky" Colin Norwood (born October 1988) [2] is a British actor who plays Fatboy in the soap opera EastEnders and its online spin-off EastEnders: E20.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Norwood was born in Tower Hamlets, London,[5] to a Kenyan mother and English father.[6] He lives in Forest Gate.[7] From the age of 12 he attended the Theatre Royal Stratford East's Youth Theatre, and also studied Performing Arts at Barking College. With friends, Norwood started a production company, writing, producing and starring in five original productions which were performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford.

Career[edit]

Norwood's theatre credits include Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre), Sick (Almeida Theatre) and The Stones (Royal National Theatre).[citation needed] In 2009, Norwood was cast in the EastEnders internet spin-off series EastEnders: E20 as Fatboy. Norwood said of his casting: "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."[8] In the run-up to the series, Norwood also appeared in EastEnders for two episodes, and after EastEnders: E20's first series ended, Fatboy became a regular character in EastEnders. Fatboy was called one of the most popular new characters in the show[9] and Norwood won Most Popular Newcomer at the 16th National Television Awards in 2011.[10] Norwood went on to appear in series 2 and 3 of EastEnders: E20 as Fatboy, and has appeared in the spin-offs "East Street"[11] and All I Want for Christmas.[12] He has also appeared as a panellist on Pointless Celebrities[13] and Sweat the Small Stuff.[14] He took part in the 2013 Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing, and was paired with professional dancer Janette Manrara.[15]

On March 30, 2014, a video surfaced of Norwood reportedly smoking cannabis, and performing a sex act during a Skype chat, captured by a woman he had met online. On 1 April, after meeting with BBC and Eastenders bosses, he was suspended from the show for two months. An EastEnders spokesperson told Digital Spy: "Ricky Norwood has been suspended from the show for a period of two months with immediate effect. "In addition, Ricky would like to apologise to EastEnders' viewers for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute." [16]

Personal life[edit]

Norwood was in a relationship with singer Jade Ewen from 2009[17][18] to their split in September 2011.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

YearSeriesRoleNote
2010–EastEndersFatboyRegular character
2010EastEnders: E2026 episodes; 2010–11
2010Children in NeedEpisode "East Street"
2012All I Want for ChristmasEastEnders spin-off
2013Tamwar Tales – The Life of an Assistant Market InspectorEastEnders spin-off

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryResult
2010Inside Soap AwardsBest Newcomer[19]Won
2010TV Quick AwardsBest Soap Newcomer[20]Shortlisted
2011National Television AwardsNewcomer[10]Won
2011British Soap AwardsNewcomer[21]Longlisted
2012Inside Soap AwardsFunniest Male[22]Won
2012Black International Film Festival and Music Video & Screen AwardsBest Newcomer[23]Nominated
2013Screen Nation AwardsYoung Shooting Star (16-25)[24]Nominated
2013British Soap AwardsBest Comedy Performance[25]Shortlisted
2013Inside Soap AwardsFunniest Male[26]Shortlisted

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?new=1&gsfn=Richard&gsln=Norwood&gl=easter_free_records&rank=1&gss=sfs21_cms_landing&mswpn__ftp=London&msbdy=1988&_83004003-n_xcl=f
  2. ^ http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?new=1&gsfn=Richard&gsln=Norwood&gl=easter_free_records&rank=1&gss=sfs21_cms_landing&mswpn__ftp=London&msbdy=1988&_83004003-n_xcl=f
  3. ^ "Fatboy played by Ricky Norwood". BBC Online. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ricky Norwood (EastEnders: E20) Interview". Last Broadcast. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/s2/eastenders/news/a561055/eastenders-ricky-norwood-to-meet-with-bbc-over-cannabis-video.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "SB.TV - Ricky Norwood Interview - EastEnders AAA". Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Enders' Ricky: 'I'm just a boy from Forest Gate'". What's on TV (London: IPC Media). 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Green, Kris (25 November 2009). "'EastEnders' announces 'E20' cast". Digital Spy (London: Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Carlin, Thomas (23 January 2011). "Eastenders bosses are casting a father for 'Fatboy'". The People (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "NTA 2011: National Television Awards results". Beehive City (Honeycomb Publishing & Media). 26 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (17 November 2010). "In Pictures: 'Enders, Corrie crossover". Digital Spy (London: Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Director: Tim Mercier; Executive Producer: Lorraine Newman; Writer: Carey Andrews (27 December 2012). "All I Want for Christmas". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pmdw8.
  13. ^ "BBC One - Pointless Celebrities, Series 2, Episode 6". BBC Programmes. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "BBC Three - Sweat the Small Stuff, Episode 1". BBC Programmes. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special line-up confirmed". BBC Online. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "EastEnders actor Ricky Norwood suspended from soap". Digital Spy. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Piper, Dean (20 December 2009). "Sugababes' Jade Ewen bags new boyfriend in EastEnders Ricky Norwood". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "EastEnders beats Coronation Street to best soap award". Newsbeat (BBC). 10 May 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  19. ^ "Inside Soap awards: full list of winners". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  20. ^ "Vote online in the TVQuick and TVChoice Awards!". EastEnders (BBC Online). 17 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  21. ^ "The British Soap Awards 2011: Nominations". ITV Press Centre (ITV). 2 May 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "2012 winners". Inside Soap. Hearst Magazines UK. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "EastEnders wins two MVSAs". EastEnders (BBC Online). 29 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "Official nominations & winners list 2012/13". Screen Nation. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  25. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (22 April 2013). "'Coronation Street' leads British Soap Awards shortlist". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  26. ^ Rigby, Sam (15 October 2013). "'Coronation Street' leads Inside Soap Awards 2013 shortlist". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 16 October 2013.