Ricky Norwood

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Ricky Norwood
Ricky Norwood.jpg
Norwood in 2012
Born Richard Colin Norwood
(1986-11-15) 15 November 1986 (age 31)
Tower Hamlets, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Partner(s) Jade Ewen (2009–11)

Richard Colin "Ricky" Norwood (born 15 November 1986)[1] is a British actor who played Fatboy in the soap opera EastEnders and its online spin-off EastEnders: E20. Ricky appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 18 in 2016, finishing as runner-up behind Ex on the Beach star Stephen Bear.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Norwood was born in Tower Hamlets, London,[4] to a Kenyan Indian mother and English father.[5] He lives in Forest Gate.[6] 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."[7] 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[8] and Norwood won Most Popular Newcomer at the 16th National Television Awards in 2011.[9] Norwood went on to appear in series 2 and 3 of EastEnders: E20 as Fatboy, and has appeared in the spin-offs "East Street"[10] and All I Want for Christmas.[11] He has also appeared as a panellist on Pointless Celebrities[12] and Sweat the Small Stuff.[13] He took part in the 2013 Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing, and was paired with professional dancer Janette Manrara.[14]

On 30 March 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."[15] On 16 October 2015 it was announced Norwood had been axed from EastEnders after nearly six years in the role of Fatboy, after show bosses chose to write the character out.[16] Norwood filmed his final scenes later that month and producers chose to keep details surrounding Fatboy's exit under wraps. A show spokesperson said, "We can confirm that Ricky will be leaving EastEnders. We wish him all the best for the future",[16] whilst a show insider commented: "Ricky is a great guy and very popular on set. He's leaving the show as it's the end of Fatboy's storyline, but everyone wishes him well for the future."[16] His last on-screen appearance was on 24 December 2015, and it transpired that the character was killed off-screen when crushed in the boot of a car.

Norwood's first role after leaving EastEnders was as a "vile, violent homophobe" in Marty Ross's audio drama Romeo and Jude, a gay adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.[17]

Since 2016, Norwood has been a regular panellist on the Big Brother companion show Big Brother's Bit on the Side. He made several appearances in 2015 but more as a regular in 2016.[citation needed]

In July 2016, Norwood became a housemate on the eighteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.[18] He finished the series as runner-up behind Stephen Bear.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Series Role Note
2010–15 EastEnders Fatboy Regular character
2010−11 EastEnders: E20 Regular character
2010 Children in Need Episode "East Street"
2012 All I Want for Christmas EastEnders spin-off
2013 Tamwar Tales – The Life of an Assistant Market Inspector EastEnders spin-off
2013 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant 2013 Christmas special
2015– Big Brother's Bit on the Side Regular panellist
2016 Celebrity Big Brother Housemate Series 18

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2010 Inside Soap Awards Best Newcomer[20] Won
2010 TV Quick Awards Best Soap Newcomer[21] Shortlisted
2011 National Television Awards Newcomer[9] Won
2011 British Soap Awards Newcomer[22] Longlisted
2012 Inside Soap Awards Funniest Male[23] Won
2012 Black International Film Festival and Music Video & Screen Awards Best Newcomer[24] Nominated
2013 Screen Nation Awards Young Shooting Star (16-25)[25] Nominated
2013 British Soap Awards Best Comedy Performance[26] Shortlisted
2013 Inside Soap Awards Funniest Male[27] Shortlisted

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richard Norwood - Ancestry.co.uk". 
  2. ^ "Fatboy played by Ricky Norwood". BBC Online. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ricky Norwood (EastEnders: E20) Interview". Last Broadcast. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "'Enders star for BBC talks over weed video". 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "SB.TV - Ricky Norwood Interview - EastEnders AAA". Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Enders' Ricky: 'I'm just a boy from Forest Gate'". What's on TV. London: IPC Media. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Green, Kris (25 November 2009). "'EastEnders' announces 'E20' cast". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Carlin, Thomas (23 January 2011). "Eastenders bosses are casting a father for 'Fatboy'". The People. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "NTA 2011: National Television Awards results". Beehive City. Honeycomb Publishing & Media. 26 January 2011. Archived from the original on January 29, 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (17 November 2010). "In Pictures: 'Enders, Corrie crossover". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Director: Tim Mercier; Executive Producer: Lorraine Newman; Writer: Carey Andrews (27 December 2012). "All I Want for Christmas". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One. 
  12. ^ "BBC One - Pointless Celebrities, Series 2, Episode 6". BBC Programmes. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "BBC Three - Sweat the Small Stuff, Episode 1". BBC Programmes. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special line-up confirmed". BBC Online. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "EastEnders actor Ricky Norwood suspended from soap". Digital Spy. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "EastEnders exit ahead for Fatboy Chubb". 16 October 2015. 
  17. ^ Lee, Ben (14 February 2016). "A world away from Fatboy! EastEnders star Ricky Norwood plays "vile, violent homophobe" in radio play". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  18. ^ Walker, Danny (29 July 2016). "Who is Ricky Norwood? Celebrity Big Brother 2016 housemate many EastEnders fans will simply know as 'Fatboy'". The Mirror. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  19. ^ Travis, Ben (26 August 2016). "Celebrity Big Brother 2016: Stephen Bear wins final as EastEnders' Ricky Norwood comes in second place". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "Inside Soap awards: full list of winners". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "Vote online in the TVQuick and TVChoice Awards!". EastEnders. BBC Online. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "The British Soap Awards 2011: Nominations". ITV Press Centre. ITV. 2 May 2011. Archived from the original on May 6, 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "2012 winners". Inside Soap. Hearst Magazines UK. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "EastEnders wins two MVSAs". EastEnders. BBC Online. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "Official nominations & winners list 2012/13". Screen Nation. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  26. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (22 April 2013). "'Coronation Street' leads British Soap Awards shortlist". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  27. ^ Rigby, Sam (15 October 2013). "'Coronation Street' leads Inside Soap Awards 2013 shortlist". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 16 October 2013.