Former EastEnders star Steve John Shepherd has said that his late character on the soap, Michael Moon, is still following him around - and scaring members of the public.

Shepherd told the Standard: "There's that Nietzsche quote about staring into the abyss and the abyss staring back at you. You do access the most tawdry recesses of your mind to pull this stuff out, to make it real."

He continued: "It took me a long time to get him out of my system. And even though to me he's dead, people still recognise me all the time. Children run away from me, crying. Horrible, horrible.

"I suppose the flipside is they believe in me."