EastEnders Bradley Branning star Charlie Clements working as a chef during break from acting

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Ex-Eastenders Bradley Branning actor Charlie Clements is now working as a chef after acting jobs dried up.

The actor shared the story of how he went from Albert Square to the kitchen with his fans on social media.

Charlie Clements wrote on Instagram: “Last day as a chef today!! On to rehearsals next week."

The post was met by a positive reaction from his former co-stars, including Roxy Mitchell actress Rita Simons who commented: “Whoop! Well done Chaz.”

Jake Wood, who played his on-screen dad Max, shared a muscled arm emoji in celebration.

Charlie accompanied his post with a picture in his chef's uniform in the kitchen.

The decision to take up chef work during the pandemic when acting roles were scarce has been praised by fans on Instagram.

One said: “You're amazing! Culinary skills and an actor impresario.”

Charlie is leaving the kitchen to start rehearsals for the play The Mouse Trap which he will perform in London's West End.

Charlie played Bradley Branning in Eastenders for four years from 2006-2010.

Bradley was a fan favourite involved in many dramatic storylines and was married to Stacey Slater.

Charlie’s character Bradley fell off a roof and died whilst running from police who mistakenly believed he killed Archie Mitchell.

Bradley’s spectacular death scene earned Charlie the 'Best Exit' prizes at the British Soap and Inside Soap awards.

Another explosive Eastenders storyline involving Bradley Branning was when his wife Stacey Slater, played by Lacey Turner, had an affair with his dad Max.

Since leaving the BBC soap Charlie has gone on to act in a variety of TV shows and plays, including Casualty in 2013 and Holby City in 2018.

Charlie also played King Henry VIII in a reconstruction in BBC documentary Six Wives in 2015.

Accomplished actor Charlie also did a masters at the famous stage school The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Speaking about his decision to leave Eastenders on Loose Women, Charlie said: “I don't regret it. By leaving it's allowed me to do other things.

“I had a great time on the show when I was there but it was time to go.

“I've been acting since I was four. EastEnders was a job I had when I was 18.”

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