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Asan N'Jie's TV comeback - from violent brawl to primetime role in Bloodlands

Mirror logo Mirror 23/02/2021 Lizzie Smith

Asan N'Jie's promising career came to an abrupt halt back in 2019, when he threatened the life of a fellow soap star at a glitzy award show.

As The Mirror reported exclusively at the time, the Emmerdale actor threatened I'm A Celebrity star Jamie Lomas's life and threw punches at him in a sweary exchange at the TV Choice Awards.

Asan was heard to yell threats including "I'm going to f*****g kill you" as security twice intervened to pull the pair apart.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Asan N'Jie made his TV comeback as Larry in the BBC show Bloodlands on Sunday night © BBC / HTM Televison /Steffan Hill Asan N'Jie made his TV comeback as Larry in the BBC show Bloodlands on Sunday night

Amid the brawl celebrities such as Katherine Ryan ran out of the way at the upmarket Hilton Park Lane hotel in London's Mayfair district.

While Asan later apologised, the reaction was swift - his bosses axed him from Emmerdale, to be replaced by actor Aaron Anthony in his role as Ellis Chapman.

It was a sudden end to his seemingly bright future.


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After a few small appearances on film, just a year into his first regular TV role the actor had attended the awards show nominated for Best Newcomer.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Asan made his comeback as Larry, who appeared briefly at the start of the episode before returning later on © BBC Asan made his comeback as Larry, who appeared briefly at the start of the episode before returning later on

After his awards show night out ended in chaos, Asan hadn't acted on the smallscreen since.

But fans tuning into new BBC One drama Bloodlands were quick to spot a familiar face on Sunday evening.

Asan made his comeback as Larry, who appeared briefly at the start of the episode before returning later on.

The primetime show stars James Nesbitt and Charlene McKenna.

It was confirmed last year that Asan had secured a role in the new BBC drama, and he took to Twitter to promote the much anticipated series and his TV comeback.

The 26-year-old wrote: "Hope you all enjoy #bloodlands tomorrow 9pm #bbcone really grateful for having the chance to be a small part of the journey! You guys will love it."

Bloodlands is available on BBC iPlayer, while it airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One.

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