EastEnders: actor David Witts on his night at the NTAs – “I’m very much out of my comfort zone”

"I’ve been very lucky. I got gifted a wonderful storyline," says the award-winner for Best Newcomer


He may have just taken home the National Television Award for Best Newcomer, but it seems that David Witts isn’t that comfortable with life in the spotlight.


Speaking backstage at the event, the EastEnders star, who plays the brooding Joey Branning, said: “I was very nervous coming. I’m very much out of my comfort zone being a ‘celebrity’ for the night. But it’s an amazing experience.”

And with Witts currently having such a high profile in the BBC1 soap thanks to Joey’s relationship with cousin Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa), it appears that working hours don’t permit for much time spent celebrating. When asked whether he’d be out partying, the actor replied:

“I’m working tomorrow morning at seven, so probably not an awful lot tonight.”

Witts made his debut on the soap in June 2012 and has already been involved in several notable storylines, including Joey’s aforementioned romance with his Branning relative plus the animosity with dad Derek (Jamie Foreman) that culminated in his father’s untimely demise in the Christmas Day episode.

Reflecting on the opportunities he’s been given, he commented: “I’ve been very lucky. I got gifted a wonderful storyline – it’s been a screen filler for the past few months now. I’ve been able to showcase an awful lot. It’s a huge responsibility, but I’m enjoying what I’m doing.”


In winning the award, Witts saw off competition from Liam Fox (Emmerdale), Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street) and Joseph Thompson (Hollyoaks).