Inside EastEnders Denny stars life – Guy Ritchie connection to sad soap exit

Best known for his role as Dennis Rickman Jr in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, Bleu Landau made his first appearance on the soap in 2015 as the son of Sharon and Dennis Rickman, only to be tragically killed off in one of soap’s saddest scenes.

But fans saw tonight as he was revealed as the father of a child conceived before his death in truly shocking scenes.

Bleu's performance in the soap immediately won the hearts of the long-time fans of the series when he replaced Harry Hickles in the famous role.

He even bagged a nomination for the Best Young Performance at the British Soap Awards in 2017.

Let’s take a look at the young actor’s career since leaving the soap, including his thoughts on that devastating scene and his connection to movie star Guy Ritchie.

EastEnders demise

In September 2015, the young actor made his first TV show appearance by playing the recurring role of Dennis Rickman, a child with a difficult past and rough childhood.

In shocking scenes to close out EastEnders’ 35th anniversary week, Landau’s character was killed in what has been dubbed one of the saddest soap scenes to air on television.

Viewers saw his character Dennis die in the tragic boat accident after Ian Beale locked him in a room as pay back for attacking his son Bobby.

After the boat crashed he tried to save the teenage tearaway but failed to keep him alive as they were dragged out by the current.

Opening up about his exit, Bleu shared a picture of himself standing behind the iconic Albert Square sign.

The now 16-year-old told his followers: "Dennis The Menace Rickman RIP, what an amazing four-and-a-half years you’ve given me, 222 episodes and an experience I will never forget!

"Big thanks to the cast and crew at @bbceastenders for all your help and support over the years, I have made some life long friends.

"Sad that it’s come to an end but now on to new beginnings and am excited to see what future holds. Bleu."

On the subject of why Dennis was chosen to be the casualty of the week, producer Jon Sen said: "When we discussed this – and it’s true of any soap or drama – you want consequence.

"That is the main thing that comes out of the death we are seeing. It is where it goes, it’s the people who are left behind and the story that it generates. It is very well thought out.”

Bleu was long-listed for the Inside Soap Award in the Best Young Actor category consecutively 2016 and 2017 for his performance.

Epic Guy Ritchie movie role

Fans were reeling with excitement when Landau shared an amazing throwback picture starring alongside Guy Ritchie in his movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

The teen played Backlack’s son Blue in the 2017 movie alongside Jude Law, David Beckham and Charlie Hunnam.

Sharing a cast shot, featuring the famous director and his famous co-stars, he wrote: “King Arthur Days.”

He said on the red carpet for the movie premiere at the time: ”It’s amazing, all the big names – I can’t believe it. Being my first film It’s a really good experience.”

Speaking of his relationship with Guy Ritchie on set, he said: “He was brilliant. When I was nervous he’d always comfort me. He was really nice, all of them were.”

Rising star

At the age of just 16, The Kent-born star has seen enormous success in his acting career and modelling career.

Aside from his appearances in King Arthur and EastEnders, the young star has appeared in nationwide modelling campaigns and made several TV appearances.

He reprised his role as Denny Rickman in a special Children in Need episode – EastEnders Does Top Hat: Children in Need 2015 – and Bobby Beale: The Story So Far.

He has also been featured in a commercial for Virgin Atlantic.

Landau has proved his worth as a successful model having worked for nationwide brand names such as Avon, M&S, La Petite, and River Island.

Not much is known about the private star’s personal life, though he keeps fans updated via Instagram with social media posts, most recently sharing a picture of his Halloween costume and a trip to watch a West Ham football match.

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