Ross Kemp is a 'giant teddy bear'
Tilly Keeper thinks Ross Kemp is a "giant teddy bear."
The 'EastEnders' star was initially worried about meeting the 52-year-old actor - who plays her on-screen uncle bad boy Grant Mitchell in the soap - earlier this year but has admitted he may be really tall but he's got such a caring heart.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, she said: "Ross is huge but I'm quite tall. I'm the tallest Mitchell I think apart from Ross so when I met him, I kind of had a relation with him because we were both tall. He is huge but I wasn't intimidated because he is like a giant teddy bear. He's lovely."
The 19-year-old actress joined the show a few months ago as bolshie Louise Mitchell and she's thrilled she's been able to get her teeth into such a "sassy" role.
She said: "The Mitchells are the most iconic family and I love that my character is the typical Mitchell like sassy, doesn't obey the rules and does what she wants she wants."
And, although she hasn't been there for very long, she's already struck up a close bond with Harry Reid - who plays her on-screen half-brother Ben Mitchell - and Jamie Borthwick, who portrays Jay Brown, on the show.
She explained: "I get on with everyone really well but I have to say me, Harry and Jamie are like brothers and sister. I love them both so much. The atmosphere is the same since we got a new producer. Obviously people are leaving but that's expected. There's some really exciting stuff coming up."