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Joe Swash
Born Joseph Adan Swash
20 January 1982 (1982-01-20) (age 28)
Islington, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor, TV presenter

Joseph Adan Swash (born 20 January 1982 in Islington, London) is a English actor who played Mickey Miller in the British television soap opera EastEnders. He is the older brother of Shana Swash, who played his on-screen younger sister Demi Miller until July 2006. He also won the TV reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! on 5 December 2008.



Swash studied at Highbury Grove School in Islington, and attended Anna Scher Theatre School on the advice of his mother's friend, actress Linda Robson. Swash attended the school with Natalie Cassidy, James Alexandrou and Brooke Kinsella, with whom he later worked in EastEnders.[1].

When Swash was seven, he made his first TV appearance in an Andrex advertisement, and at the age of eleven he was cast in the movie The Adventures of Pinocchio, with Dawn French and Griff Rhys Jones.[1] He made minor appearances in several television series such as Casualty, The South Bank Show, The Bill and Nickelodeon's LOL: Laugh Out Loud. In 2002, Joe Swash appeared as a participant in the ITV documentary Club Reps[2], and on 8 November 2008 Joe and his family appeared in Family Fortunes. He also appeared with his sister on the CITV Saturday morning show Ministry Of Mayhem.

He was about to give up on the idea of becoming an actor when he won a role in BBC's EastEnders. He was cast as Mickey Miller and made his first appearance in EastEnders in April 2003 as a recurring character. Owing to a positive viewer reception, producer Louise Berridge turned Mickey into a regular character, and his on-screen family arrived a year later, including Mickey's little sister Demi, who was played by Swash's real sister, Shana.[1] His son, Harry Swash, also appeared in the soap as his niece Summer Swann for a minimal period. On 26 February 2008, it was announced that Joe Swash, along with the actor who plays his stepfather, David Spinx, were being written out of EastEnders in a "big explosive storyline". He made his final appearance in July 2008. Since the announcement of his departure, Swash has been critical of the direction producers took with his character. He has blamed his three-month screen absence in 2005 (due to meningitis) for Mickey becoming little more than "light-relief".[3] However, he has expressed an interest in returning.[4]

Swash has expressed an interest in presenting, as well as appearing in "Brit-flicks".[3]

In November 2008 Swash entered the Australian jungle to appear in the British reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, which he went on to win. Swash subsequently performed as Buttons in the pantomime Cinderella, at the Central Theatre in Chatham, Medway.

He also appeared on The Weakest Link twice: once in 2006 and once in 2008 on the Eastenders special. He got voted off on both appearances.

In December 2008, he appeared on The Graham Norton Show, and on the 11th January 2009 he appeared during the "Who Knows The Most About The Guest Host" segment on The Sunday Night Project.

In February 2009, Swash, along with TV presenter Tim Vincent, became the Guinness World Record Holder for throwing the most pancakes to a partner as part of a challenge on Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show.

Swash was announced as charity Meningitis UK's patron in April 2009. The disease led to his grandmother Betty's death in 1999.

From September 2009, Swash, along with ex-rugby player Austin Healey will be appearing in the new series of Hole In The Wall as a team captain for Series 2.

In 2009/2010, Swash, will be appearing in the pantomime Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs in Bristol.

In 2010 he was a team captain on What Do Kids Know? along with Rufus Hound and Sara Cox on Watch (TV channel).

Personal life

Swash's background is a mix of Irish, Scottish and Italian (Swash's Great Grandmother, Maria Christina Swash (nee Raimo) (1899-1973) was Italian.[1] He grew up in Islington in North London. His father Ricky William Swash (1955-1994), a London cab driver, died of a heart-attack when Swash was 12, and he and his two younger sisters, Caisie and Shana, were subsequently raised by their mother, Catherine M "Kiffy"(nee O'Connor), who had married Ricky (sometimes mistakenly spelt as Riccie or Richky) in 1978. Swash has said that he is particularly close to his youngest sister Shana, as he took on a paternal role towards her following their father's death. He has commented, "Shana's more than just a sister to me. I look out for her. If I go away, I miss her so much. It was hard when my dad died - it was so sudden. Shana was only little so it's been tough for her. We've got a special connection there - we look the same and have the same personality [...] Dad dying made me grow up pretty fast - I've learned a lot from it. And it makes you appreciate your family more. "[1]

Swash was dubbed the "Swashbuckler" by the British press, due to his regular appearances on the London club-circuit. He has admitted that he was regularly reprimanded by EastEnders' bosses for his alcohol-fuelled partying.[3] Swash was forced to take a three month break from EastEnders in 2005 after he contracted meningoencephalitis.[5] Swash has commented, "I couldn't talk. Half my face was numb and I couldn't get the words out. I was constantly sick and couldn't stand." He spent two weeks in intensive care and doctors told him they were not sure he would live; however, he recovered with no lasting damage.[3]

On 16 June 2007, Swash's fiancée, Emma Sophocleous, gave birth to their first child, a boy named Harry Swash.[6] On 19 January 2008, it was announced the couple had separated, and in December 2008, Swash stated that he was in a relationship with his former EastEnders co-star Kara Tointon, who played his on screen sister Dawn Swann.[7] On 3 November 2009, Swash was declared bankrupt by London's High Court after failing to pay a £20,000 tax bill. Swash's agent Becca Barr said it was a mix-up and the actor is not in financial difficulty.[8]

Swash is an avid Arsenal supporter and holds a season ticket at the Emirates Stadium.

Preceded by
Christopher Biggins
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Succeeded by
Gino D'Acampo


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