Pete Doherty ‘regrets’ turning down Eastenders role

The Libertines and Babyshambles frontman says he was 'disappointed' he didn't seize the opportunity.

Pete Doherty

The Libertines and Babyshambles frontman says he was ‘disappointed’ he didn’t seize the opportunity.


Pete Doherty has revealed that he was once offered a part in Eastenders and turned it down.

Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “There are a few things that have fallen through over the years that I was a bit disappointed about – opportunities that came up that I didn’t take. I was going to get a part in EastEnders at one point. It was around this time that the Libertines re-formed too.”

The much-maligned former drug addict, now touring with The Libertines and as a solo act, also claims to have been offered a part in Celebrtity Big Brother but also turned it down.

For fans of The Libertines, it seems he made the right decision in swerving both ‘opportunities’, as the band gears up for the release later this year of their fourth album. It’s hard to concentrate on songwriting and convincingly portray an Albert Square local.

Speaking to NME after the band stepped off stage from their opening performance on The Other Stage at Glastonbury 2022 last weekend, the singer and guitarist spoke highly of the current mood amongst the band, reflected in the joyous and buoyant nature of their set.

He said: “The chemistry is working to the original chemical formula, with the prosperity, harmony and advancement of the Albion’s dream and promise.”

The band are set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ this year, releasing a ‘Super Deluxe Edition’ of the record in October as well as playing the album in full next month at Wembley Arena with support from The Cribs and The Paddingtons as part of their UK summer tour.


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