EastEnders' Aaron Sidwell grieves for his close friend

EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell has revealed he lost a close friend to cancer, whilst his soap character has been faking the disease for a storyline.

EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell has revealed he lost a close friend to cancer, whilst his soap character has been faking the disease for a storyline. 

Speaking on Friday's episode of Lorraine, the 28-year-old actor, who plays Steven Beale on the BBC show, was emotional as he discussed his grief, revealing his friend died just last week from a brain tumour. 

He explained: 'It wasn’t easy. He's such a young man with two beautiful little girls - a couple years longer than mine. It was very tough personally.' 

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Upsetting: EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell revealed on Friday's Lorraine that he lost a close friend to cancer, whilst his soap character has been faking the disease for a storyline

Upsetting: EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell revealed on Friday's Lorraine that he lost a close friend to cancer, whilst his soap character has been faking the disease for a storyline

Admitting that working on the storyline had been taking his toll, he reasoned: 'As actors we can’t always do what we want... but it’s part of what we do.' 

EastEnders viewers have been horrified in recent weeks as Steven has faked having cancer in a desperate bid to  keep his fiance Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) by his side.

Yet Aaron explained that he had been getting support from his co-star Jacqueline, as they struggle to film the harrowing scenes. 

Supported: Aaron explained that he had been getting support from his co-star Jacqueline Joss - who plays his fiance - as they struggle to film the harrowing scenes

Supported: Aaron explained that he had been getting support from his co-star Jacqueline Joss - who plays his fiance - as they struggle to film the harrowing scenes

'I always had Jacqueline,' he explained. 'I was able to talk to Jaqs the entire time. We have a very close family life as well as the work one so it was good.' 

He added that it was tough to play the role, as he had to try and understand his character's mindset. 

He told show host Christine Lampard: 'It’s a difficult thing to portray it convincingly, you have to rationalise it in your head as he would. 

Distressing: He explained 'It wasn’t easy. He's such a young man with two beautiful little girls - a couple years longer than mine. It was very tough personally'

Distressing: He explained 'It wasn’t easy. He's such a young man with two beautiful little girls - a couple years longer than mine. It was very tough personally'

Compromise: Admitting that working on the storyline had been taking his toll, he reasoned: 'As actors we can’t always do what we want... but it’s part of what we do'

Compromise: Admitting that working on the storyline had been taking his toll, he reasoned: 'As actors we can’t always do what we want... but it’s part of what we do'

'Finding it as the actor is tough when you’re doing something like this but it is thing that people do unfortunately and our job is to find the drama in people things do in real life. It’s unsavoury.' 

The storyline will come to an end soon, however, as it was recently revealed that Aaron will be leaving the show to star in the West End. 

Keeping coy about his exit storyline, he teased: 'It’s exciting, it’s fitting for who he is and where the story was going, we sat down and had a chat about it and it was the right thing to do for him.'  

Tough: He added that it was tough to play the role, as he had to try and understand his character's mindset, explaining 'It’s a difficult thing to portray it convincingly,' 

Tough: He added that it was tough to play the role, as he had to try and understand his character's mindset, explaining 'It’s a difficult thing to portray it convincingly,'