EastEnders actor Gianni Di Marco is unrecognizable as he returns to television decades after breaking away from the soap

Albert Square’s ‘Italian Horse’ Gianni Di Marco played by Marc Bannerman, who appeared in Steph’s Packed Lunch 22 years after his character left the film

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Marc Bannerman Appears in Steph’s Packed Lunch

EastEnders icon Marc Bannerman, who plays Albert Square’s Italian Gianni Di Marco, has returned to television decades after he left the BBC.

Albert Square’s ‘Italian Dark Horse’ appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch 22 years after his character left the series in 2000.

The 48-year-old appeared on the daytime show as part of the ‘Soap Star Snacks’ special segment, which saw him cook up a storm in the Channel 4 studio kitchen.

Marc prepared a smoked salmon tagliatelle for host Steph McGovern and chatted about his audition for the role of the iconic Di Marco on Eastenders.

Marc said he took on the role “six months out of drama school” and admitted to having told a great deal of “torture” to get the role.







Albert Square’s ‘Italian Stallion’ Appears in Steph’s Packed Lunch
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The Irish-born actor said: “I told them I am half-Italian, I am not Irish, please send an appeal to my family in Ireland.

Marc also shared about his two children, daughters Grace, three, and Leo, 18 months, saying: “I don’t know what I did before I became a father.”

Ireland-born Marc had a cult role in the feud between Di Marcos and the Mitchells, but after leaving the show in 2000, the star revealed he was suffering from depression.







Ireland-born Marc played the culminating role in the feud between Di Marcos and the Mitchells
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The actor dated Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha while she was appearing on EastEnders
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He explained he became depressed after the ax fell on Di Marcos in EastEnders, telling the Mirror: “I was depressed and turned to the bottle to help me get out of it.”

The actor dated Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha while she was appearing on EastEnders and they are also on-screen lovers.

He also dated Gentleman Jack star Suranne Jones before facing controversy over I Am A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.







The 48-year-old appeared on the daytime show as part of the ‘Soap Star Snacks’ special segment
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Marc was on the show I’m A Celeb! in 2007 where he met Welsh pop star Cerys Matthews, 49, and the two were seen holding hands and lying together in a hammock, despite the fact that he has Soccer star girlfriend Sarah Matravers.

Regarding the romance, he said: “I just had a crush on one of them and I have a woman at home, I’m a rat. I can’t look for a scapegoat – the dog stops here. “

Marc and Cerys continued to date each other after the jungle, but a year later called the breakup.







Marc says he got the “six months straight out of drama school” part
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Marc has enjoyed roles on other shows such as the Holby City spin-off and Footballers’ Wives, while pursuing a career in theater.

In 2020 Marc starred in Sky One’s Agatha Raisin as the victim PC Beech and the series Pennyworth.

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