The Jump 2016: meet Sid Owen

From Albert Square to the slopes, former EastEnders actor Sid Owen is getting his head around that skeleton run for Channel 4's The Jump

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Name: Sid Owen

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Age: 44

Twitter: @sidowen5

Famous, why? Actor who played Ricky Butcher in EastEnders from 1988 until 2012 (with a few gaps in between)

Bio: The screeching sound of ‘Riiiiccckkkky’, uttered by on-screen girlfriend Bianca (Patsy Palmer), has followed Sid Owen around for most of his life thanks to his role as Ricky Butcher in long-running soap EastEnders. Since leaving the soap for good in 2012, Owen has appeared as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. He was the third contestant eliminated in what was the tenth series, during which he was partnered with Ola Jordan. Owen had already had a taste of reality TV, heading down under for 2005’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! He finished third behind Sheree Murphy and Carol Thatcher. 

Owen has also released a couple of music singles, and appeared in Bad Girls and The Bill. 

The actor has shared a snap of life in Austria, with the speedy skeleton getting his heart pumping:

Then: Playing Ricky in EastEnders

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Now: Dancing to Ghostbusters on Strictly Come Dancing