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TONY PLAYS IT STRAIGHT WITH TIFF..; COVER STORY.

Albert Square's confused teenager Tony Hills does not know which way to turn for the best.

He has been chasing teenage temptress Tiffany Raymond for months, yet only last week he was chatted up in a gay pub.

Now he is taking the sexy Queen Vic barmaid on their first proper date.

"If she can't straighten Tony out nobody will," says 22-year-old Mark Homer, who plays EastEnder's cocky young drug dealer.

The gritty role has been quite a challenge for Mark, from Dartford in Kent. He is quick to point out he is nothing at all like tearaway Tony in real life.

"I don't know anything about gays or drug-pushing and I don't come from a family from hell.

"I like to think I am level-headed and responsible. I am a few years older than my soap character so I guess I am more grown up."

He reckons Tony is misunderstood and simply needs someone to talk to.

"He is sexually attracted to Tiffany and sees her as something of a good time girl, a bit of light relief from his depressing family life."

Tiffany (Martine McCutcheon) is fully aware of his shady career and is no angel herself. She once bedded her boss Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) in a one-night stand.

Mark knows he will be the envy of millions of blokes with Tiffany on his arm, but he refuses to reveal if she is the type of girl he would take out in real life.

"I'm saying nothing. I don't want to land in hot water with my girl-friend. She is an actress and is pretty cool about it all. She knows there is nothing romantic about love scenes."

He was worried at first that young viewers might dabble in drugs as a result of Tony's behaviour.

"It is not something that could have been ignored - it happens and EastEnders prides itself on being true to life. I am just thankful that it was not glamorised in any way."

Unlike Tony you won't find Mark, who rents a flat in North London, being flash with his cash.

"That's not my style. I'm not tight with money but I am a teeny bit careful."
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Purnell, Tony
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 8, 1996
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