Former 'EastEnders' star Seán Maguire's new film, 'Meet the Spartans', opened in the US last weekend, heading straight to the top of the box office with takings of $18.7m.

Maguire, who played Aidan in 'EastEnders', appeared in 63 episodes of the soap between 1993 and 1994.

The actor plays King Leonidas in 'Meet the Spartans', which spoofs classical battle films like '300' and 'Troy', and co-stars Carmen Electra, Kevin Sorbo and Method Man.

Another former 'EastEnders' star is also having success in the US: Michelle Ryan, who played Zoe Slater in the soap, is currently entertaining audiences on both sides of the Atlantic in her new role in the TV series 'The Bionic Woman'.