Actor Danny Dyer decided to accept a role in longrunning British soap opera Eastenders over fears his career had become a joke following a string of film flops. The Business star will join the beloved show at Christmas (13) after spending several years snubbing offers from BBC bosses to become a member of the cast.
Now he reveals his floundering film career pushed him to take the leap to the small screen, and he hopes he can turn his fortunes around like his idol Sir Michael Caine.
Dyer tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Back in the Eighties, Michael was known for making terrible films and now he's been knighted. I can hope!
"I did too many people favours (accepting film roles). I realised, 'F**king hell, I'm becoming a bit of a joke here.' I'm my own worst enemy. I don't blame anyone but myself."
Dyer's most recent big screen release, Run for Your Wife, which also features Ray Winstone and Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, was deemed a massive failure after it earned just $963 (£602) from U.K. ticket sales in February (13).
Stars including Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberley Walsh, Alexandra Burke and Peter Andre were on hand to honour brave Brits at the annual Pride of Britain Awards in London on Monday night (07Oct13). James Corden, Ronnie Corbett, Sarah Harding, Katherine Jenkins and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron also attended the ceremony, but were overshadowed on the night as the spotlight was shone on the country's most inspirational citizens.
Among those honoured included lollipop lady Karin Williams, who dived in front of an out-of-control car to push a group of children to safety, as well as eight-year-old Harley Lane, who raised more than £1,000 for charity by completing a sponsored run, despite having his arms and legs amputated as a toddler.
After presenting him with his award, Scherzinger told reporters, "I'm humbled to be here. Last year was my first year and I cried rivers. I just want to embrace everyone here."
Also feted was teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who hit headlines around the world last October (12) when she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen after campaigning for the rights of girls in Pakistan to go to school.
Sarah Harding suffered a major meltdown just minutes before she was due to face the world's press to announce the Girls Aloud comeback. The troubled singer was admitted to rehab in 2011 to address a dependency on alcohol and sleeping pills during a break from the pop group, and she was plagued with crippling nerves when she rejoined her co-stars to confirm their return last year (12).
Harding appeared with the rest of the group at a press conference in London to announce their final tour and greatest hits album, and bandmate Kimberley Walsh has now revealed her friend fell to pieces at the event.
Walsh alleges Harding started drinking to calm her nerves on the morning of the press conference, and was a tearful wreck by the time they took to the stage.
In her new autobiography, A Whole Lot of History, she writes, "On the day we did the press conference... I was really worried about Sarah. She was terrified about going out in front of the press and TV cameras again, especially as there was so much speculation about whether or not she was getting herself back together after her time in rehab. She'd had a couple of drinks to calm her nerves, which didn't help... She was really in a bad way... Just before we were due to go on stage... She started to cry... Suddenly Sarah was freaking out. 'I can't do this,' she said, 'I can't'... (But) she pulled herself together just in time."
Walsh goes on to admit she struggled with the "moral dilemma" of scheduling a Girls Aloud tour when her friend was so fragile, revealing she feared Harding would not be able to cope with the pressure.
She adds, "I even wondered whether a tour was the right thing for her to be doing - it became a moral dilemma. I wanted the tour to be amazing, but not at Sarah's expense."
The group split after completing the Ten tour.
Pop star Nadine Coyle is expecting a baby. The former Girls Aloud singer, 28, shared the happy news with fans by posting a snap of herself on Instagram.com, alongside the caption, "I am having a baby".
The singer will be the first member of the Biology hitmakers to become a mother.
Coyle has not gone public with the name of the father, but she was last linked to U.S. businessman Waz Ashayer in 2012.
The pregnancy news comes five months after Coyle told fans of her heartache over the decision to break up the band. She had fought for Girls Aloud to stay together following their split announcement at the end of the group's 10-year anniversary tour in March (13).
In a tweet, she wrote, "You should know by now I had no part in any of this split business. I couldn't stop them. I had the best time & want to keep going."
The claim was later shot down by bandmates Sarah Harding and Cheryl Cole, who insist the decision to break up the band was agreed by all members.
"Having a lovely day at (the spa) with my lovely (boyfriend) for our year anniversary." Former Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding marked her 12-month anniversary with her boyfriend Mark Foster by taking a spa day.
British pop star Sarah Harding showed off her caring side on Monday (08Jul13) by meeting a group of injured soldiers at a hospital in the U.K. The former Girls Aloud singer, who recently signed up as an ambassador for armed forces charity the Haig Housing Trust, visited the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Hertfordshire, England to meet patients injured in the line of duty.
Harding's visit was in support of the organisation's Coming Home scheme, which helps wounded troops.
Documenting the trip on her Twitter.com page, Harding writes, "Visited wounded soldiers at Queen Elizabeth II hospital, very humbling. Proud to support Coming Home."
British pop star Sarah Harding is planning a trip to Afghanistan to sing for brave U.K. soldiers stationed in the war-torn country. The former Girls Aloud star is an ambassador for Coming Home, a charity which helps adapt housing for servicemen and women who have lost limbs at war, and admits her work with the organisation has made her keen to visit Camp Bastion, Britain's main military base in the region.
She tells Britain's The People, "I am going to Camp Bastion, I want to see what it's like. I would love to sing for the soldiers, give them that boost. I want to get them all cheering. (Bandmate) Cheryl (Cole) went over there and (glamour model) Katie Price - I bet the soldiers loved that.
"If I can put a smile on their faces and make them forget what they have to go through every single day then I will. I want to use my profile to do something really positive. It is something I am so proud to be involved in...
"I used to worry about my hair, my make-up, which one of us in Girls Aloud were given the best shoes to wear. But then I met these men who are so selfless. It was amazing to watching people be so positive despite having their lives ripped apart."
British pop star Kimberley Walsh has to rely on the Internet for dates and details while writing her autobiography as her memory is so poor. The former Girls Aloud singer announced last month (Apr13) she is working on a tell-all book detailing her life story just weeks after the band's surprise split in March (13).
When she sat down to work on the memoir, Walsh realised she was struggling to recall precise details of her career and the shows she had performed with the group - so she researched her own history online and pestered long-term boyfriend Justin Scott for his help.
She tells British magazine Hello!, "When Girls Aloud broke up in March it was such a definite end of an era in my life that I thought it would be a lovely way to tie the whole thing up and finish that chapter... It was quite hard (to recall everything). I've had to search the Internet for places and dates, but Justin is good at jogging my memory."
Walsh also reveals she will allow her fellow former bandmates - Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, and Sarah Harding - a sneak peak at what she has written about them before publication, adding, "I'll give them their bits to read and hopefully they'll be fine."
British pop star Sarah Harding has been pictured riding the London Underground just days after her lawyer told a court the singer is too famous to use public transport. The former Girls Aloud star has been banned from driving for six months after she was caught using a cell phone behind the wheel, and her attorney argued against the sentence by suggesting the singer would struggle to get around on buses and trains due to her fame.
A judge ignored the pleas and ordered Harding to find a different mode of transport, and she has now faced her fears by taking a tube train across the British capital.
Harding uploaded a picture to Twitter.com on Thursday (25Apr13) showing her taking a ride on the London Underground, with the caption, "Sod the traffic!!"
Harding pleaded guilty to a charge of using her cell phone while driving and was disqualified from the roads for six months during a hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London on 16 April (13).
"I'd consider it, definitely. I would love to be a mentor. If I feel someone has talent and potential I can always see it in them. I'd love to do that." Sarah Harding is open to joining the panel of the U.K. version of The X Factor. Her former Girls Aloud bandmate Cheryl Cole was a judge on the show for three series from 2008.