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SEX FIEND PHIL JOINS THE SAVAGE MEN OF SOAP.

PHIL Simmonds is the latest in a long line of soap villains who have a nasty way with women.

JAMES WILLMOT-BROWN (EastEnders) raped Kathy Beale. William Boyde, 43, admits the role damaged his career. Now he does voice-overs.

DIRTY DEN (EastEnders) divorced his wife on Christmas Day and got his daughter's best friend pregnant. Leslie Grantham, 53, teamed up with Anita Dobson, who played his EastEnders wife Angie, for Sky One drama The Stretch last November. He will soon tour the UK in a play called Theft before filming a new series of Fort Boyard game show for Channel 5.

JEZ QUIGLEY (Coronation Street) got Leanne Battersby hooked on cocaine and had her beaten up. Also killed Tony Horrocks. Actor Lee Boardman, 28, marries Jennifer James, who plays Rovers barmaid Geena, later this year. Last month, he guest-starred on The Bill as part of a shoplifting duo who used their baby's pram to hide the stolen goods.

BARRY GRANT (Brookside) paid off a grudge by pushing his friend's wife Sue and son Danny off a roof. Paul Usher, 40, now appears as The Bill's racist and sexist PC Des Taviner. He is currently single and lives in London.

STEVE OWEN (EastEnders) killed ex-girlfriend Saskia then let Matt take the rap. Ex-pop star Martin Kemp, who played him, is married to Shirlie Holliman, of Pepsi and Shirlie fame. They have a son Roman, seven, and daughter, Harley, 11.

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RAPE: Willmot-Brown; DIVORCE: DenCOCAINE: Jez; KILLER: Barry; GUILTY: Steve
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 6, 2001
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