EastEnders star Shane Richie reportedly is the latest star’s business to be claiming through the furlough scheme.
Rumours were swirling the soap legend cashed in a six-figure sum for the three week stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in lockdown late last year but the exact number was never released.
Before landing the huge gig, Shane admitted he was “literally skint” after filming for a TV series and panto got cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
It’s claimed HMRC’s official files said his firm Bluebelle Skye Productions, which he is listed as co-director with his wife Christie for the business on Companies House, has claimed cash through the furlough scheme — according to The Sun.
The Mirror has approached Shane Richie’s representative for further comment.
It comes after Shane confessed his wife was relieved his gig on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here paid off their credit card.
The EastEnders legend claimed the couple were borrowing money from friends, family and the bank to make ends meet last year.
Ahead of his stint, he said: “My kids were old enough to travel to Australia and they wanted to meet Ant and Dec. We were all really excited.
“We were going to fit it around my other work projects as I was going on tour, doing a TV series and panto but that all got cancelled in March. And now I am literally skint! You save money for a rainy day but you don’t expect the rainy day to last six months. Thankfully I’ve been able to borrow money from mates, my family and the bank and my wife is now very happy we can finally pay off the credit card.
“What an honour to be asked before lockdown. I am so grateful and I am really looking forward to being around adults again instead of my wife and three children.”
During his I’m A Celebrity stint, Shane got emotional when he opened up about nearly going “bankrupt” after investing in a film.
He was left with no work and forcing him to sell the house.
Things turned around for the soap star who broke down in tears when EastEnders bosses said they wanted to cast him as Alfie Moon.
It was the role which made Shane a household name in the showbiz industry.
Shane told Victoria on I’m A Celeb: “I remember going in and Gary Beadle, Tish Dean and I think Dean Gaffney were all in the Queen Vic and I did a little (scene).
“By the time I’d got to the car my manager had called and said ‘they didn’t think you were right’. Then my manager gets a call saying they’d like you to come back and do some improv, they have this idea of this family they’re working on.
“So I’ve gone in and Tony Jordan who created the Slaters was a big fan of John Sullivan (Only Fools and Horses) and he always wanted to create The Trotters but in EastEnders. So I kept coming back but still no idea what was going on. So we go on holiday, I’m bankrupt because of this film I’d invested in, I’ve got nothing, I’m selling the house, no work.
“The phone goes and it’s my manager and he goes EastEnders want you. I started getting teary and he told me about this character called Alfie Moon and in my first episode I’d be coming in and taking over the Queen Vic, I started crying.”
Previously, Shane spoke about sleeping rough for 10 days when he was just 16 years old.
In an interview with The Mirror, the star remembered the devastating experience back from when he was a struggling actor.
He told The Mirror: “My experience of being homeless is a million miles away from the sad and tragic stories I’ve heard over the years from genuine souls who have lost everything, through drug or alcohol abuse, financial problems or mental health issues.
“I didn’t choose to be homeless, no one does, but unlike others I met in the same predicament I was lucky enough to have options to go to back in London. What I learnt almost 40 years ago has had, and will always have, a lasting effect on me.
“I slept rough for no more than ten days before the grim reality kicked in and sent me home with my dirty, unwashed tail firmly between my legs.
“I soon found out there was nothing adventurous about sleeping in the freezing cold, in a shop doorway or wrapped up in a sleeping bag on a park bench.”
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