EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell was worried that he wouldn’t see his children amid the Coronavirus shutdown.

Following Boris Johnson’s speech — where he ordered the nation into lockdown — on Monday night, Aaron was confused on what this meant for children of separated parents, and whether or not they’d be able to move from house to house.

The actor — who’s best known for his iconic portrayal of Steven Beale in The BBC One serial drama — said on Twitter: ‘Remember when you’re moaning about having to home school your kids, I just lost the ability to see mine!’

‘On a previous broadcast on Good Morning Britain, I stressed where possible, this should be kept to a minimum.’

‘It is the case that children under the age of 18 can see both parents. I was not clear earlier.’

Following this, Aaron took to Twitter once more to relay his relief, saying: ‘

‘Thank f**k for that! I barely slept a wink! The thought of not seeing my kids was heartbreaking. Thank you to everyone who helped make this clear for us (separated/divorced parents) and to everyone who sent me such lovely messages. #StayAtHomeSaveLives#TheShowMustGoOnline’

Aaron is best known to viewers for his superb portrayal of Steven Beale — son of Cindy Williams (Michelle Collins) and Simon Wicks (Nick Berry) — in EastEnders for two stints.


Originally appearing between 2007 and 2008, he reprised the role once more in 2016 and remained with the soap for another year before the character met his demise in 2017, following a fire in Beales’ restaurant — which is now known as Walford East.

EastEnders continues Monday 30 March at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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