James Bye: 'Working with a newborn on EastEnders makes me excited for baby'
James Bye's scenes with a newborn on EastEnders have made him more excited about welcoming his second child into the world.
The 31-year-old actor plays Martin Fowler on the BBC programme, and has been involved in a dramatic storyline surrounding his partner Stacey (Lacey Turner) suffer from postpartum psychosis after having baby Arthur, who Martin wrongly believes is his son.
In real life James is married to wife Victoria, who he met when he was just 22. The pair are already parents to two-year-old son Edward, with their second baby due at the end of February.
Despite the devastating nature of his scenes in EastEnders, James says that working with such a tiny baby has made him look forward to the new arrival even more.
"Working with a newborn baby on the EastEnders set has got me excited for our own baby’s arrival, too," he told Britain's OK! magazine.
"As Edward’s two, I’d forgotten how small newborns are."
James also revealed he and Victoria aren't planning on stopping at two children, adding: "We’ll keep going until we get a whole football team!"
The actor has been playing Martin for the past 15 months, when the market trader was reintroduced to the soap in December 2014.
He was welcomed into the show family with open arms, despite thinking he had blown his audition.
"I was convinced I hadn’t got the role, so we went ahead with the building works and had the back wall knocked off the house," he said. "The next day I got the call!
"I remember Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) asking me when I first started, 'Are you here for the long haul, James? Because you’re a Fowler now. And James Alexandrou (who previously played Martin) has texted to wish me luck, too.'
It remains to be seen just how Martin will react when he, inevitably, finds out he is not Arthur's father.
But James admitted recently he is sure the storyline will continue to be dramatic.
"I think Martin will implode," he told The Weekend magazine. "Or he might explode - it could go either way. I don't think he'll be able to deal with it."
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