Joe Swash

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Joe Swash
Born Joseph Swash
(1982-01-20) 20 January 1982 (age 33)
Islington, London, England
Occupation Actor, presenter
Partner(s) Emma Sophocleous (2007-2008)
Kara Tointon (2008–2010)
Children Harry Swash (b. 2007)
Family Shana Swash (sister)

Joseph "Joe" Swash (born 20 January 1982) is an English presenter and actor, best known for his role of Mickey Miller in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders and various presenting roles with ITV2.


Swash studied at Highbury Grove School in Islington, and attended Anna Scher Theatre School on the advice of his mother's friend, actress Linda Robson. Swash attended the school with Natalie Cassidy, James Alexandrou and Brooke Kinsella, with whom he later worked in the soap EastEnders.[1]


Early work[edit]

When Swash was seven, he made his first television appearance in an Andrex advertisement, and at the age of eleven he was cast in the movie The Adventures of Pinocchio, as The Fighting boy with Dawn French and Griff Rhys Jones and also co starring alongside Jonathan Taylor Thomas Richard Claxton and Correy Carrier his character in it was a small part being one the boys who gets turned into a donkey from going on a Roller Coaster his character is known as Fighting Boy because he gets into a fight with Lampwick over a gun.[1] He made minor appearances in several television series such as Casualty, The South Bank Show, The Bill and Nickelodeon's LOL: Laugh Out Loud. In 2002, Joe Swash appeared as a participant in the ITV documentary Club Reps.[2] He also appeared with his sister on the CITV Saturday morning show Ministry of Mayhem.

EastEnders (2003–08, 2011, 2015)[edit]

Main article: EastEnders

Swash was about to give up on the idea of becoming an actor when he won a role in BBC One soap opera EastEnders. He was cast as Mickey Miller and made his first appearance in EastEnders in April 2003 as a recurring character. Owing to a positive viewer reception, producer Louise Berridge turned Mickey into a regular character, and his on-screen family arrived a year later, including Mickey's little sister Demi, played by Swash's real sister, Shana.[1] His son, Harry Swash, also appeared in the soap as his niece Summer Swann for a minimal period. On 26 February 2008, it was announced that Joe Swash, along with the actor who plays his stepfather, David Spinx, were being written out of EastEnders in a "big explosive storyline". He made his final appearance in July 2008. Since the announcement of his departure, Swash has been critical of the direction producers took with his character. He has blamed his three-month screen absence in 2005,due to meningitis, for Mickey becoming little more than "light-relief".[3] However, he has expressed an interest in returning.[4] He later reprised his role of Mickey Miller for two episodes on 19 and 20 September 2011, in order to coincide with his on screen brothers departure from the soap. It was announced in January 2015 that mickey would be making a guest appearance for the 30th anniversary in February 2015

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![edit]

In November 2008, Swash entered the Australian jungle to appear in the eighth series of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, which he went on to win.

From 2009, Swash has presented spin-off series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, NOW! with Caroline Flack and Russell Kane. In 2011, Flack was replaced by Laura Whitmore and Kane in 2012 by comedian Rob Beckett.

TV appearances[edit]

In 2009, Swash, along with ex-rugby player Austin Healey appeared in the second series of Hole in the Wall, as a team captains.

In 2010, he was a team captain on What Do Kids Know? with Rufus Hound and Sara Cox on Watch.

In 2011, Swash and Caroline Flack worked on ITV2 game show Minute to Win It as team captains.

In January 2013, Swash became a team captain on ITV2 panel show Fake Reaction.


In 2011, Swash presented the children's show Gimme A Break on the CBBC Channel.

In November 2011 Driving Academy aired on the CBBC Channel, with Swash as presenter/narrator. In 2014, a brand new series was aired with celebrities taking part called Celebrity Driving Academy.

Guest appearances[edit]


Swash subsequently performed as Buttons in the pantomime Cinderella, at the Central Theatre in Chatham, Medway.

In 2009 and 2010, Swash appeared in the pantomime 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in Bristol.

Other work[edit]

In February 2009, Swash and TV presenter Tim Vincent broke a Guinness World Record for throwing the most pancakes to a partner as part of a challenge on Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show.

Personal life[edit]

Swash's background is a mix of Irish, Scottish and Italian; Swash's great-grandmother, Maria Christina Swash (née Raimo) (1899–1973) was Italian.[1] He grew up in Islington in north London. His father Ricky William Swash (1955–1994), a London taxicab driver, died of a heart attack when Swash was 12, and he and his two younger sisters, Caisie and Shana, were subsequently raised by their mother, Catherine M. "Kiffy" (née O'Connor), who had married Ricky (sometimes mistakenly spelt as Riccie or Richky) in 1978.

Swash has said that he is particularly close to his youngest sister Shana, as he took on a paternal role towards her following their father's death. He has commented, "Shana's more than just a sister to me. I look out for her. If I go away, I miss her so much. It was hard when my dad died – it was so sudden. Shana was only little so it's been tough for her. We've got a special connection there – we look the same and have the same personality [...] Dad dying made me grow up pretty fast – I've learned a lot from it. And it makes you appreciate your family more."[1]

Swash was dubbed the "Swashbuckler" by the British press, due to his regular appearances on the London club circuit. He has admitted that he was regularly reprimanded by EastEnders' bosses for his alcohol-fuelled partying.[3] Swash was forced to take a three-month break from EastEnders in 2005 after he contracted meningoencephalitis.[6] Swash has commented, "I couldn't talk. Half my face was numb and I couldn't get the words out. I was constantly sick and couldn't stand." He spent a fortnight in intensive care and doctors told him they were not sure he would live; however, he recovered with no lasting damage.[3]

On 16 June 2007, Swash's fiancée, Emma Sophocleous, gave birth to their first child, a boy named Harry Swash.[7] On 19 January 2008, it was announced the couple had separated, and in December 2008, Swash stated that he was in a relationship with his former EastEnders co-star Kara Tointon, who played his onscreen sister Dawn Swann. In May 2010 it was announced that the two had split due to a lot of arguments.[8] On 3 November 2009, Swash was declared bankrupt by London's High Court after failing to pay a £20,000 tax bill. Swash's agent Becca Barr said it was a mix-up and the actor is not in financial difficulty.[9]


Swash was announced as charity Meningitis UK's patron in April 2009. The disease led to his grandmother Betty's death in 1999.


  1. ^ a b c d e Cox, Emma (8 February 2004). "I can cope with girl fans. After dad died I was in a house full of". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "See a naughty Joe Swash get thrown out of a hotel, Heat online, retrieved 26 November 2008
  3. ^ a b c Nathan, Sara (21 June 2008). "Killer disease cost me EastEnders job". London: The Sun. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Joe Swash wants return to EastEnders". This is South Wales. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "EASTENDER JOE HAS DEADLY BRAIN BUG". The Mirror. 4 October 2005. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "EastEnders Joe Swash becomes father for the first time". Celebrity Baby Blog. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Kara Tointon and Joe Swash split". 14 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (4 November 2009). "Joe Swash is declared bankrupt". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 

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Preceded by
Christopher Biggins
I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!

Succeeded by
Gino D'Acampo