Bobby Brazier: who is Jade Goody and Jeff Brazier’s son - and what role has he been cast in EastEnders?

The 19-year-old is stepping into the shoes of Freddie Slater, a character who was last seen in Walford back in 2006

Jade Goody and Jeff Brazier’s son Bobby Brazier is set to make his acting debut as he joins the cast of BBC soap EastEnders.

Brazier said that “stepping into the acting world” had always been a “vision” of his, and that his experience filming on set of the long running soap has been “perfect”.

This is everything you need to know.

Who is Bobby Brazier?

Brazier is the son of the late Jade Goody, a TV personality who rose to fame following her appearance on the third season of Big Brother in 2002, and TV presenter Jeff Brazier.

Goody had two children over the course of her relationship with Jeff - Bobby Brazier, who was born in June 2003, and Freddy, who was born in September 2004.

Jade Goody and her sons Bobby Jack (L) and Freddie arrive at the UK Gala Screening of “Garfield 2: A Tail Of Two Kitties” at Vue West End, Leicester Square on July 16, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

Brazier was six years old when Goody passed away from cervical cancer on 22 March 2009.

Following the death of his mother, Brazier and his brother were raised by their father, who gained sole custody of him and his brother.

Talking to the Independent in 2011, Jeff explained that when Goodby passed away, he put into action a plan that had been decided upon a long time beforehand. He took the two boys to Australia in order to save them from the inevitable media circus.

He said: “For six months [after Goody died] it was like they were unaffected.

“I wasn’t silly enough or naïve enough to think that was always going to be the case, I was kind of waiting for the day when it hit them.

TV personality Jeff Brazier and his sons Bobby Jack (L) and Freddie (R) attend the HomeChoice Enchanted Wood Tea Party at The Music Room on July 20, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Harding/Getty Images)

“And then it did, and for 10 months they were completely lost in the world, they just couldn’t find their feet. With all the love in the world, all the cuddles... you’re fighting fires, effectively, with their grief.”

Jeff went on to marry public relations director Kate Dwyer in 2018.

Speaking to Hello Magazine at the time, Brazier said of his new step-mother: “One of the biggest things for Fred and me is that Kate makes our dad happy. Which is so special and reassuring to see.”

Speaking during the reception of the wedding, Brazier said: “Dad, you are nothing less than a hero, and I think it’s fair to say you’ve mastered this whole dad job.

“I look up to you and the qualities you have and, with Kate by your side, I think you’re powerful.”

Bobby Brazier attends the Kaushik Velendra AW22 show and after-party, during London Fashion Week, at The Langham Hotel on February 18, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Kaushik Velendra)

Brazier is a model who is currently with Unsigned Models, a modelling agency based in London that was established in 2009.

He has appeared in magazines like TINGS, Lewis, ODDA, Schon and MMScene, and has modelled on the cover of Man About Town. He also walked for Dolce and Gabbana at Milan Fashion Week Men’s show in 2020.

Who will he be playing on EastEnders?

Brazier will be bringing the character of Freddie Slater to life on the BBC soap, the son of Little Mo Slater.

Freddie was last seen in Walford back in May 2006, when he and his mother left to start a new life - but now, at 18-years-old, he’s back on The Square once again.

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, described Freddie as “a chaotic 18-year-old with a sensitive soul”.

Jade Goody’s son Bobby Brazier will join EastEnders in his acting debut as Freddie Slater, son of Maureen “Little Mo” Slater (Photo: PA/BBC)

He said: “[He is] a modern-day lad who’s in touch with his spiritual side.

“He’s philosophical, accepting, but full of mischief and makes mistakes.

“Bobby is an amazing young addition to the EastEnders cast who brings heart and humility to the role of Freddie Slater and I can’t wait for audiences to get to know him.”

Talking about the role, Brazier said: “I’m really excited to be joining the cast of EastEnders - so far it’s been perfect.

“Everybody has been so beautiful to me and made settling in easier than I could’ve hoped.

(L-R) Luke Day and Bobby Brazier attend the Poan LFW Party during London Fashion Week September 2021 at Soho Square on September 21, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

“Stepping into the acting world has always been a vision of mine and doing that with EastEnders as a Slater is a blessing, I’m very grateful.

“Loving every minute of Freddie so far and can’t wait to see what’s in store for him in Walford.”

Brazier is currently in the process of filming for EastEnders, with his on screen debut set to air later this year in autumn.