Mohammed George

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Mohammed George
Mohammed George.jpg
George in 2009 at Wendy Richard's funeral service
Born 1982 (age 32–33)
Hackney, East London, England
Occupation Actor

Mohammed "Mo" George (born Mohammad Michael George in 1982 to a Jamaican mother and Antiguan father, in Hackney, London, England) is an actor who played Gus Smith on the soap opera EastEnders from 2002 to 2008. Before appearing in EastEnders, George made guest appearances in Holby City, Bottom (as a young trick-or-treater in the episode Terror), Kidulthood and The Last Detective. He also starred as Dennis in the children's program Renford Rejects in 2000.

George has a daughter, Olivia Destiny, from his relationship with Emma Archibald. His daughter was born in 2005 in Barnet, Greater London.[1]

George was arrested on 8 December 2006 for a suspected assault on Archibald during an argument outside a restaurant.[2] She corroborated the claims, in what started as an argument over who should empty the dishwasher.[3] George was cautioned by the police for having swung a bag of rubbish,[4] and was subsequently suspended by EastEnders Executive Producer Diederick Santer for two months. He apologised to the BBC and the show's producers.[5] It was announced on 18 January 2008 that George and EastEnders had reached a mutual agreement not to renew his contract and he left the show after six years, later in 2008.[6] George has since stated that he was "forced" to leave EastEnders after the bosses there believed newspaper headlines which he later proved wrong. He has also admitted to suffering from depression as a result of his departure from EastEnders.[7]

In March 2009, George started libel action against The Sun newspaper, claiming that they said he was "acting like a wild animal" and branded him a "woman beater" and that this was untrue. His lawyer said the reports had "damaged his prospects as an actor". The newspaper contested the claim,[8] but George won £75,000 libel damages on 2 April 2009.[9] In July 2010, the Daily Star apologised and paid damages to George after they incorrectly reported that he had arrived drunk to an EastEnders 25th anniversary party and acted aggressively to the programme's producers.[10]

George is now a full-time DJ playing around clubs across the United Kingdom.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births England and Wales 1984-2006
  2. ^ "British TV star arrested on suspicion of assaulting girlfriend". 9 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Girlfriend denies assault by British TV star boyfriend". 11 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Eastenders star cautioned by police". 27 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-27. [dead link]
  5. ^ "EastEnders suspends star after assault caution". Ireland On-Line. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  6. ^ BBC - EastEnders - News - Two departures from Walford
  7. ^ Millar, Paul (28 February 2010). "Mo George: 'Enders Axe Made Me Suicidal". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "EastEnders' Gus sues in abuse row". BBC News. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Eastenders' Mo George wins libel payout from The Sun". Press Gazette. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Mohammed George". Daily Star. Northern & Shell. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 

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