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Ross Kemp wants Grant and Mick to have a 'tear-up' on EastEnders

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Ross Kemp wants Grant and Mick to have a 'tear-up' on EastEnders

'EastEnders' fans can look forward to a showdown between Grant Mitchell and Mick Carter, if Ross Kemp gets his wish.

The 51-year-old actor is reprising his role as Walford hardman Grant in the BBC One soap and he thinks it would make perfect sense for the leather-jacket clad tough guy to be on a collision course with the Queen Vic's current landlord Mick - played by Danny Dyer.

Ross knows Danny away from the TV show and is sure they'd have great on-screen chemistry if they have a "tear-up".

In an interview on BBC Radio 1, he said: "It will be good to see Danny, I know Danny sort of socially, not that well. It will be interesting. We should have a tear-up though shouldn't we really?"

When quizzed if had been given a heads-up from the writers that this would be happening, he added: "You'll have to wait and see. We don't know yet, I'll see. I'm sure something will happen, there's no point in me going back and not utilising myself is there really? It's like having a firework after November 5th, you're not going to wait a whole year to light that firework are you? Let's be fair."

Ross originally played Grant for nearly a decade, leaving in 1999 to pursue other work.

He made a brief return in 2006 and is coming back now to be part of the Mitchell family again due to the impending death of matriarch Peggy Mitchell - portrayed by the returning Dame Barbara Windsor.

After almost 10 years away from Albert Square, Ross admits he had to go back to be part of the legendary soap character's farewell as he owes his alter ego Grant so much.

He explained: "Really, honestly, Barbara has been - well, she's a legend. She's a dame for starters, and she's a close friend, and I owe the show and I owe The Mitchells quite a lot. I wouldn't be doing this and talking to you now if I hadn't had those 10 years at 'EastEnders'. So that was a big springboard for me in terms of moving on in my life, so I see no reason not to be able to go back and do it."

Since leaving 'EastEnders', Ross became an investigative TV journalist and has made a series of award-winning 'Ross Kemp On...' documentaries about some of the world's most dangerous criminals