A FORMER Halstead schoolboy is set to make his TV debut in EastEnders.

Mitchell Hunt, 23, will be seen in four episodes of the BBC soap, playing a character called Lee in a gritty new plotline, which starts on August 15.

Mitchell, a former pupil at Richard de Clare Primary School, Halstead, went on to graduate from the Arts Educational drama school in London,where he now lives.

Speaking of his big break, he said: “It was great. It was my first job out of drama school, as I only finished a few weeks before.

“I had to jump straight into it, but everyone was so nice. The cast and crew really are just like one big family.

“Everything moves so fast. There are four cameras on you at any one time, so there is no room for error.”

Mitchell also revealed a return to Albert Square was a possibility. He explained: “Well, my character doesn’t die, so there’s always hope!”

He has also landed a part in a new BBC drama called Call the Midwife, which will go out in the new year.

In it, he plays a sailor in the opening scenes of the shows, which is based in the East End in the Fifties.

He said: “I have wanted act as far back as I can remember.

“It just came from always wanting to play, and I think I’ve never really grown up.”