Elliot travelled to Elstree Studios – where EastEnders is filmed – to see the set and meet the other actors and the producers. He then visited for a second time, to go into the wardrobe department and try on his clothes for the show. He was also allowed to watch some scenes being filmed. “I went on my own on the bus, the second time,” says Elliot, “but I got taken home in a car – I felt like a celebrity.”
After receiving his script through the post, Elliot had a week to learn his lines, before he was on set for his first round of filming. A couple of weeks later, he got the script for his second episode and filming started again.
One of Elliot’s episodes was set in Albert Square, but the other took place on location. In total, he was on set for six days to film his two episodes. The first episode was good,” says Elliot, “but the second was even better.”
A typical day of filming involved being picked up at 7am and driven to the studios. After breakfast, Elliot would go into make up and change into Craig’s clothes. Then filming would begin.
“There was a lot of waiting,” Elliot explains. “I had to wait for the other characters to do their scenes. Sometimes they had to do their lines again, because they got stuck. But it didn’t happen to me!
“All the other actors were nice. I met Phil [Mitchell] – he isn’t scary! I would really like to do a scene with Max and Jack Branning.”
As with many EastEnders storylines, some of Elliot’s scenes address sensitive topics. When Craig’s brother, Michael, meets him, he is so taken aback that he initially walks away. But Elliot was unfazed by the subject matter and just enjoyed being treated like any other actor.
When Elliot’s scenes hit the small screen, the Rosen family plan to have a get-together to celebrate. “We can invite the Moon family,” jokes Elliot’s dad, Stuart.