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We remember Steve John Shepherd as EastEnder’s devilishly suave – yet ever so slightly psychopathic – Michael Moon. But what has the 47 year old actor been up to since leaving Albert Square in 2013.
We take a look at his life post EastEnders and relive some of his best moments on the soap…
In an interview with theEvening Standard , Steve admitted that although he missed his castmates, he wasn’t sad to see the back of Walford. “I don’t miss it [EastEnders]. It was extremely intense,” the actor revealed. “I worked as hard as I could and then I wanted to go and I did. I don’t have time to watch it now but I miss the people and enjoyed working there.”
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After leaving the soap, Steve appeared in Bush Theatre’s production of Albion. He played the part of Paul Ryman in the political play.
When explaining the show, Steve said: “It asks questions about multiculturalism, who we are and where we are going. He [Paul] is worried about the indigenous population being alienated.”
Before taking on this role though, Steve suffered a near fatal internal haemorrhage. “I could feel myself dying,” he told the Evening Standard.
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Steve collapsed in front of his three children after revealing he’d “been feeling curious all day.” Steve shared his children with wife, actress Anna Wilson-Jones who he married in 2004. She’s known for her appearances in Victoria, Black Mirror and The Night Watch.
After recovering in hospital under the care of the NHS, Steve recuperated and returned to his craft as soon as he could. “I’d just like to keep working,” he said.
As well as a stint in the theatre, Steve appeared in the 2015 film Christmas Eve and starred in season five of the children’s drama Hetty Feather in 2019. He played a butler called Ambrose. He also appeared in Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators.
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Steve’s crafty character Michael Moon met his end when his plot to kill the wicked witch of Walford (Janine) went south.
Michael had planned to murder Janine with an overdose of sleeping pills, enlisting the help of love interest Alice Branning. However, Alice couldn’t go through with it and ended up double crossing Michael and framing him.
The three had a face off at Janine’s which ended in a soap-worthy disaster. Alice stabbed Michael as he attempted to strangle Janine, but it was Janine who delivered the fatal blow as the police arrived on the scene.
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