Scott Maslen

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Scott Maslen
Born Scott Alexander Maslen
(1971-06-25) 25 June 1971 (age 45)
Woolwich, South London, England
Occupation Actor, former model
Years active 1999–present
Television The Bill (2002–07)
EastEnders (2007–13, 2015–)
Strictly Come Dancing (2010)
Celebrity MasterChef (2015)
Spouse(s) Estelle Rubio (m. 2008)
Children 1

Scott Alexander Maslen[1] (born 25 June 1971) is an English actor and model, best known for his portrayal as DS Phil Hunter in ITV's The Bill and Jack Branning on the BBC's flagship soap EastEnders. He also took part in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing and the 2015 series of Celebrity MasterChef.

Early and personal life[edit]

Maslen was born in Woolwich, London, England on 25 June 1971. As a young boy Maslen admired the Royal Marines and attended Bromley Marine Cadets on a Monday and a Thursday at T.S. Narvik in Bromley Common. He was brought up in Woolwich and signed up to join the Royal Marines with his school friends, Marcus Marnham and Simon Farnham at the age of 16. He later sustained an injury whilst doing the PRMC (Potential Royal Marines Course), resulting in him not gaining entry to the Recruit training course.[2] He has been a vegetarian since the age of 18; he discussed this on appearances on both The Paul O'Grady Show and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.[2] In 2009, he was voted as PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian alongside singer Leona Lewis.[3]

He is married to Estelle Maslen (née Rubio), who is the mother of his son Zak Alexander Maslen (born January 2001). The couple were together for nine years before they were married on 6 September 2008. Several of Maslen's co-stars were in attendance at his wedding, including: Samantha Womack, Rita Simons, Charlie Clements, Jo Joyner, Steve McFadden, Barbara Windsor, Patsy Palmer, Diane Parish and Perry Fenwick.[4]

He is best friends with his EastEnders co-star Samantha Womack, whom he has known since they were teenagers, and her husband Mark Womack. He is also godfather to their two children, Lily-Rose and Benjamin Womack. Benjamin is also best friends with Maslen's son Zak.[5]

Maslen is a keen carp fisherman, and has been involved in many charity events.[6]

Maslen has admitted that he once feared that he killed a man during a street fight. Maslen said that the incident happened after he went to help a friend who had phoned Maslen to say that he was being racially abused. Of the incident, Maslen said:

"I met him there and he knocked on their door. He received a complete tirade of racist abuse from this 40-something geezer, the father of some of the boys. We were just 16. I was about 15st and had just been sitting on the wall listening. Suddenly it had all gone off and turned very nasty. The father went back in the house, I thought to call the police, but actually came back outside with a baseball bat. One of the kids pulled a bit of steel piping from a nearby skip. He swung it into my ribs, then into the side window of a car. I was an animal trapped up a dead end street. Somehow I grabbed the piping, went back up the street and whacked the dad. We ran off. It was a mad two minutes. I stayed up that night studying for my O level history exam the next day but all the time in the back of my mind thinking 'maybe I killed him'."[7]

Maslen has also been attacked twice, once by a football hooligan and once after he started a fight. Of the attacks Maslen said:

"Following West Ham I remember getting a boot in the face at Crystal Palace's ground. I was only about 14. Personally, I overstepped the mark just once. I started taking the piss but picked the wrong bloke. I thought it had all died down but an hour later in the toilets he hit me in the back of the head with a cosh and then spun me around and struck me again. I knew I just had to take it as a weapon was involved. I think that what's saved me."

Maslen has said that it was these incidents that made him turn his life around.[7]


At the age of 18 he went to Miami and was spotted by photographer Bruce Weber. As a result of this encounter he began a career as an international model. Five years later, he turned to acting. After training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama he landed a role in the successful television series Lock, Stock... in 2000. He has also played the live action rendition of Claude Speed in DMA Design's promotional video and opening sequence for Grand Theft Auto 2. After a few more television and film roles he landed his part in The Bill in 2002.

On 13 July 2007 it was announced that Maslen would be leaving The Bill and joining the cast of EastEnders as regular character Jack Branning.[8] His love interest was Ronnie Mitchell, played by best friend Samantha Womack. Both actors commented that they were uncomfortable doing love scenes since they have known each other most of their lives and are like brother and sister.[9][10] Maslen left EastEnders on 15 October 2013.[11]

Maslen performed in the pantomime Aladdin at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth over the Christmas/New Year period of 2013/14.[12] He performed the same pantomime at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury over the Christmas/New Year period of 2014/15.[13] He will perform it again at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley over Christmas/New Year 2015/16.

In 2015, he competed in Celebrity Masterchef,[14] but lost in the final,[15] and took up a role of an MP named James Holloway in E!'s original scripted series, The Royals.

In April 2015, Maslen admitted that he had rejected the chance to return to EastEnders saying "I didn't want to go back just 18 months after leaving. There is an element of snobbery with soaps. It means people in the industry don't see you as an actor, they see you as a commodity."[16] However, he made an unannounced return to the show on 24 December 2015, later confirming that this would be permanent. Maslen said "It was like I hadn't left. It felt a bit strange because there are new characters who I don't know - but that fits with the story".[17]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Main article: Strictly Come Dancing

Maslen participated in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing[18] with professional dancer Natalie Lowe and his performances were favourably received by the judges. He was the 2nd celebrity of 2010 to score a 10 from the judges, following fellow EastEnders actress Kara Tointon scoring a 10 for her Pasodoble in week 5, the same week where Maslen scored three 10s for his Viennese Waltz. In week 7 he also received three 10s for his Jive, with Bruno stating that it was the best Jive since former EastEnders star Jill Halfpenny's in Series 2, and received just one point less. Maslen showed a natural talent for dancing, topping the leaderboard on many occasions, however was eliminated in week 11 of the series.

Week No Dance/song Judges' score Result
Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Waltz / I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) 6 7 8 8 29 Safe
2 Salsa / Let's Hear It for the Boy 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
3 Quickstep / I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
4 Tango / Allegretto 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz / I Put a Spell on You 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
6 Rumba / Wishing on a Star 4 9 7 8 28 Safe
7 Jive / Hit the Road Jack 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
8 Samba / (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher 6 8 9 9 32 Safe
9 American Smooth / Fly Me to the Moon 6 7 9 9 31 Safe
10 Paso Doble / James Bond Theme 8 9 9 9 35 Bottom Two
11 Argentine Tango / Época 8 8 8 9 33 Eliminated
Swing / In the Mood N/A N/A N/A N/A 4th/2 Points
Charleston / Anything Goes 8 9 9 9 35


He was nominated in the top four for "Sexiest Male" at the British Soap Awards 2008, but was beaten by Rob James-Collier from Coronation Street. At the 2009 British Soap Awards, Maslen won in the Sexiest Male category, against fellow EastEnders actors Rob Kazinsky (Sean Slater) and John Partridge (Christian Clarke).[19] He later went on to have a successful year at the 2010 British Soap Awards, winning both Best Actor and Sexiest Male.[20] In 2011 and 2012, Maslen won "Sexiest Male" at the British Soap Awards.[21]


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  2. ^ a b Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 22 May 2009
  3. ^ Meet the 2011 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Winners! | Features |
  4. ^ Scott Maslen; Hello!
  5. ^ Soaps - News - Walford actress struggled with kissing scene - Digital Spy
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  8. ^ "'The Bill' star jumps ship to 'EastEnders'". Retrieved 13 July 2007. 
  9. ^ "Scott Maslen: 'I dread kissing Samantha Janus'". What's on TV. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2008. 
  10. ^ EastEnders' wife-swap? |
  11. ^ "Scott Maslen to leave EastEnders". BBC News. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Ex-EastEnders star Scott Maslen a dream in Aladdin | Canterbury Times
  13. ^ Scott Maslen to Lead Marlowe Theatre's ALADDIN
  14. ^ "CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF 2015: CONTESTANTS IN THE SEMI-FINAL, INCLUDING RYLAN CLARK, TOM PARKER, SHEREE MURPHY". London Evening Standard. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Miller, Adam (24 July 2015). "Celebrity Masterchef 2015: Scott Maslen trips at the final hurdle to miss grand final". Daily Express. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  16. ^ Thistlethwaite, Felicity (7 April 2015). "'I didn't want to go back' Scott Maslen turns down EastEnders return". Daily Express. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Davies, Megan (26 December 2015). "Scott Maslen confirms Jack Branning's EastEnders return is permanent". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "Dancers". BBC Online. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  19. ^ "EastEnders News". BBC. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  20. ^ "EastEnders dominates soap awards". BBC News. 9 May 2010. 
  21. ^ "The British Soap Awards 2012: Scott Maslen wins Sexiest Male". BBC. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

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