Bobby Brazier was supported by an emotional Jeff Brazier tonight at the first Strictly Come Dancing live show.
The EastEnders star – who is the son of TV presenter Jeff and the late Jade Goody – made his first appearance on the BBC Latin and ballroom show this evening, where he danced a Foxtrot to All About You by McFly with pro partner Dianne Buswell.
Jeff hit the headlines earlier this month when he broke down in tears when Bobby won the Rising Star Award at the National Television Awards for his portrayal of fan favourite character Freddie Slater on EastEnders.
Tonight, as Bobby took to the dancefloor, Jeff looked emotional once again as he supported his son at the Strictly live shows. Bobby is one of the favourites to take home the Glitterball trophy later this year.
At the National Television Awards earlier this month, Jeff was seen crying as he was supported by EastEnders and former Strictly star Molly Rainford, when his son Bobby dedicated the Rising Star award to his dad.
Collecting his award, Bobby paid tribute to his father Jeff as he said: “This actually has very, very, very little to do with me and everything to do with my dad. Over the course of the last twenty years, I have consistently heard him say ‘because I can’. It was a mantra or a moto of his, and him just saying that it’s… Because I can!”
Speaking to The Mirror after his incredible win, Bobby admitted all he wanted to do was run to his dad and give him a hug.
“I feel so privileged and I feel like I’m a very little part of this award. I’m blessed. My dad cried, I think I’m going to cry when I see him. I just want to go and give him a hug now to be honest. I just want to go and hand this award to my dad, because all because of him,” Bobby gushed about his close bond with his dad Jeff and what it meant to him to win for his dad.
Jeff is very supportive of his son’s career and previously spoke of how proud he was of his son for his work on EastEnders and signing up for Strictly. He told The Mirror: “I’m really proud of Bobby and the attitude he has had since he’s been on EastEnders. He’s wanted to absorb as much from all the incredibly experienced actors around him. He’s made a really good start to his career, and I can see he’s proud of himself, too. I can see every time I switch it on that he’s got better. Every time I watch it I can see he’s better in the terms of the layers. I’m no acting expert, I can’t say how good he is, but I’m really proud of my son. He’s had an opportunity and he’s taken it.”