Jamie Mitchell

Actor, Director

BIOGRAPHY

Jamie Mitchell is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Jack Ryder, who makes his first appearance on 9 November 1998. Ryder decided to leave in 2002, and his final episode aired Christmas Day 2002, when Jamie is killed off. Jamie's main storylines involve his on-and-off relationship with Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy). Their relationship faces many struggles after Sonia gives birth to Chloe (Jade Sharif) at the age of 15, who is fathered by Martin Fowler (James Alexandrou), whom she was with before she met Jamie, and is put to the test again when Jamie has sex with Zoe Slater (Michelle Ryan), along with many other problems. Another storyline that Jamie is involved in is his relationship with uncle Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick), who used to beat him on a regular basis, though later forgives him. One other major storyline is after his second cousin once removed and godfather, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), takes him in after finding out what Billy does to him. Phil then beats him sometime later which prompted thirty-one complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Commission. Towards the end of his time on EastEnders he gets engaged to Sonia, but gets run over by Martin and dies in hospital on Christmas Day of spleen damage. When Ryder decided to quit his role, executive producer John Yorke said that the 'door would be left open' for Jamie to return, though when Yorke was succeeded by Louise Berridge, the decision was made to kill Jamie off. The decision was highly criticised, and Ryder said it was a shock for him, but said that if he had not been killed off, he would not have returned anyway. In 1999 he was nominated three times for 'Best Newcomer' and for his exit storyline he was nominated for 'Best Exit', in 2003, at The British Soap Awards.

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