Steve McFadden arrested over assault claims

Steve McFadden arrested over assault claims
Steve McFadden arrested over assault claims (Image credit: PA Wire/PA Photos)

EastEnders star Steve McFadden has been arrested and spent a day in custody following claims that he assaulted the mother of his baby. According to the News Of The World the 51-year-old, who plays Phil Mitchell in the soap, is alleged to have attacked Dr Rachel Sidwell at his £2m North London mansion. Rachel, who gave birth to their daughter Amelie in June 2009, has reportedly made other complaints against the star dating back a year. Steve, who denies all the claims, has been bailed until January and until then is reportedly not allowed to approach Rachel or members of her family. "On Wednesday, officers from Haringey arrested a 51-yearold man in connection with alleged harassment to cause violence against a female," a Scotland Yard spokesman said on Saturday night. He has been bailed until January 2011." Steve and Rachel first met through Steve's EastEnders co-star Cliff Parisi, who plays Minty. She left her husband and two children to move in with the star, but they broke up within weeks of Amelie's birth.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.