Brave EastEnders star John Bardon has made his first public appearance since suffering a stroke last year. The 68-year-old, who plays Jim Branning in the Walford soap, was the star guest at the Life After Strokes awards ceremony.
Still in a wheelchair, but otherwise in good spirits, the actor talked about his return to the soap earlier this month when he filmed a one-off special. "I loved it," he said of the episode, will be broadcast over the summer.
His condition was even written into the show, with June Brown - his on-screen wife Dot –filming one episode by herself in which she records a message telling her husband she can't face looking after him at home.