‘EastEnders’ actor Ricky Norwood, who plays Fatboy in the BBC1 soap, has been suspended from filming after being caught appearing to smoke marijuana in a Skype video.
According to The Sun, the vid also shows Ricky naked and performing a sex act.
After crisis talks with the BBC, a statement was released, reading: “Ricky Norwood has been suspended from the show for a period of 2 months with immediate effect.
"In addition, Ricky would like to apologise to EastEnders’ viewers for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute.”
The eight minute clip is thought to have been filmed by a woman the actor met online, who then attempted to sell the video.
A source from ‘EastEnders’ has revealed that the incident probably won’t have too much of an impact on the young actor’s career, telling The Mirror: “We really like Ricky and he is always willing to do anything he can for the soap so it is a shame he has got mixed up in this.
"It was reckless and we had to take action to show this behaviour is not acceptable for someone young people look up to,” they added. “He is being given a firm slap on the wrist, but he will be back and hopefully can learn from this.”
Ricky’s character Fatboy has been involved in a number of the show’s main storylines since arriving in Walford in 2010.
Most recently, he provided a shoulder to cry on for Dot Cotton following the death of her son Nick and also shared a secret kiss with Ian Beale’s fianceé Denise Fox.