‘EastEnders’: Leslie Grantham Slams Writers For Giving Away Dirty Den’s Catchphrase

'The show moves on and there’s a whole new generation now, but I think that’s pretty poor writing.'

26/07/2016 15:28

Leslie Grantham has spoken out against the ‘EastEnders’ writing team, slamming them for retconning (that’s fancy TV speak for rewriting history) Dirty Den’s famous “Hello, princess” line.

In last year’s Halloween episode, viewers discovered that the line was actually originally uttered by Sharon Mitchell’s biological dad, Gavin Sullivan - something which Leslie isn’t happy about.

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Oh come Leslie, crack a smile! 

At the time, ex-’EastEnders’ writer Sarah Phelps slammed the move on Twitter, and Leslie has now echoed her sentiments.

Speaking to Inside Soap, he said: “I do find it strange that the show gave Den’s catchphrase to someone else.

“Den is still remembered and people still ask me to say, ‘Ello princess’, because it was one of those bits that made him so popular. You do feel like you own it when you’ve made such an impact.”

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Sharon found out her true parentage last October

He added: “Obviously the show moves on and there’s a whole new generation now, but I think that’s pretty poor writing.”


Leslie played Den from 1985, and stayed in the Square for four years before appearing to be killed off.

He then returned from his watery grave in 2003, leaving Sharon beyond stunned, before actually being murdered by wife Chrissy in 2005.

There’s been no shortage of drama for Sharon in recent months, and earlier this week, it was revealed that she’ll be coming face-to-face with her ex Grant Mitchell once again, in the very near future.

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