EastEnders legend Michael Greco breaks down in tears on Loose Women as he talks about son’s brush with death


EASTENDERS legend Michael Greco broke down in tears on Loose Women today as he spoke about his son Gianluca.

The Beppe DiMarco actor, 51, became overwhelmed talking about the tot’s seven-week stay at Great Ormond Street hospital.

Michael and his partner Helen appeared on the show with Gianluca
At one point he became overwhelmed while discussing their ordeal

He appeared on the ITV show today with partner Helen Harris and their newborn, who was born in July.

The youngster was born six weeks premature with gastroschisis, a rare genetic disorder when the baby’s abdomen does not develop fully while in the womb.

Speaking about how the hospital had saved his son’s life he became tearful and was passed a tissue by Loose Women host Ruth Langsford.

He said: “When they picked it up on the scan six weeks previous to him being born the consultant said we’ve got to get him out because there’s no movement.

“We were worried about being stillborn or anything like that. When he was born born she didn’t show the full baby, they just showed his head and shoulders because underneath was this whole thing…”

His voice breaking he explained: “I get a little bit emotional talking about it.”

Michael promised: “Any charity work I do in future will be for Great Ormond Street because they saved my son’s life.”

The actor was catapulted into the spotlight playing gravel-voiced loverman Beppe Di Marco on EastEnders between 1998 and 2002.

At the height of his fame, he was voted Soap’s Sexiest Male at the British TV Soap Awards.

Speaking today he said he would love to return as Beppe if given the chance saying EastEnders was going through “hard times” but would “come back”.

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