FILM hardman Craig Fairbrass was covered in blood as he shot his latest gangster flick on the streets of London tonight.
The Brit star, 58, is hard at work on the sixth chapter in the Rise of the Footsoldier franchise Tate: Two Days of Blood.
Craig Fairbrass on the set of Tate: Two Days of Blood
Craig called the latest film in the Rise of the Footsoldier franchise
Reprising the lead role of Pat Tate, Craig’s claims that it’s the most violent yet appear to be on the money.
Standing outside a Leicester Square steakhouse in Pat’s trademark leather coat, the actor’s face was bloodied and battered.
A large crowd gathered to watch the production in action, and in one set piece numerous henchmen legged it out of the Platinum Lace lap-dancing club as all hell broke loose.
Craig had a blast on set, writing on Twitter: “Was absolutely breathtaking, chaos tonight filming in Leicester Sq but we pulled it off again!!! down to the one only Man at the helm @NickNevern.”
The feeling from director Nick is mutual, with him writing earlier in the week: “A huge thank you to my cast & crew for an incredibly hard but rewarding 3 weeks. I would especially like to thank my leading man
“@craigfairbrass for being, as always, a consummate professional on an extremely tough & ambitious shoot… Tate 1 – Southend 0! London here we come.”
The film is due to wrap tomorrow.
EastEnders fans will know Craig as raven-haired tough nut Dan Sullivan – or Delmar in the movie Cliffhanger.
He recently changed his look for his role in Netflix‘s One Piece as former pirate and restaurateur Chef Zeff.
The big-budget series is a live-action version of the Japanese manga series of the same name.
Fans teased him over the new look with one asking: “Do blondes have more fun Craig?”
Another said: “Like the blonde look” while a third announced: “I’ve no idea what One Piece is but I will definitely be giving it a go now the Brass is in it.”
Craig has tasted major success recently. Last week he won the Outstanding Performance award at the National Film Awards in London.
He beat Benedict Cumberbatch and Jamie Dornan thanks to his role in prison drama A Violent Man.
The actor’s 2020 crime film Villain also had a week-long run as Netflix’s No1 movie.
The actor first appeared in EastEnders as Dan in 1999, leaving in the summer of 2001.
He went on to have a successful career in crime movies, starring in the first Rise of the Footsoldier film in 2007 as Pat Tate.
Craig also appeared opposite Jason Statham in 2008 heist thriller The Bank Job and provided voices in the Call of Duty video games.
Craig Fairbrass as Dan Sullivan in a 2001 episode of EastEnders
The former soap actor, seen here in South Africa, now has blond hair