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British Star Steve McFadden Accused of Harassment

November 8, 2010, 3:29 am GMT

The 'EastEnders' actor was arrested on November 3 but has been released on bail until a date in January 2011.

Steve McFadden

British soap opera veteran Steve McFadden has been arrested over allegations of harassment. The actor, who is famous in his native U.K. for playing hardman Phil Mitchell in hit drama "EastEnders", was quizzed by cops on Wednesday, November 3 following a complaint from his ex-girlfriend Dr Rachel Sidwell, the mother of his daughter Amelie.

He was later released on bail and is expected to return to a police station early 2011. A spokesperson for Scotland Yard says, "On Wednesday, November 3 officers from Haringey (London) arrested a 51-year-old man in connection with alleged harassment to cause violence against a female. He has since been bailed until a date in January 11."

Steve McFadden earned British Soap Award in 2011 for Villain of the Year through his role on "EastEnders".

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