EastEnders star Sid Owen reveals Oscar winner Al Pacino nearly adopted him when he was just a teen

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EastEnders star Sid Owen, who played Ricky Butcher on the popular BBC soap, has revealed Hollywood megastar Al Pacino nearly adopted him when he was 13.

The unlikely duo made a film together in 1985, and it turns out life could have taken a very different path for the London-based actor.

The Godfather great played youngster Sid’s father in the period epic Revolution.

After discovering his teen co-star’s mum had tragically died, the now 81 year old Al considered adopting him instead.


Speaking about the revelation, 49 year old Sid explained: “He knew I had no parents and was from a difficult background, though we didn’t really talk about it.

"He didn’t have kids of his own then and I found out later he had considered adopting me."

Sid and Al had such a powerful connection on the film set that they’ve kept in touch ever since.

The Oscar-winner, who played Tom Dobb in the movie, even invited his on-screen son Ned to come and stay with him in New York after filming wrapped.

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"We kept in touch and years later, I took my first serious girlfriend, Amanda, to New York where he invited us to stay with him and his partner at the time, Diane Keaton,” Sid added in an excerpt from his new autobiography Rags to Ricky, which is being shared in The Sun.

The EastEnders star lost his mum Joan to cancer when he was just seven years old.

His dad ended up in prison, and Sid used his own loss to get the part of Ned, who was told his mum had died during his audition.

Sid guessed he got the part because he did a “b****y good job of crying”.

Sid played the iconic part of Ricky on Albert Square from 1988 to 2012.

The actor left the soap in the middle but returned for a reunion with his on-screen love Bianca Jackson, who became known for shouting “Ricky” through the streets of Walford.

Last month, Sid was said to be in talks to have another comeback on EastEnders, but according to a source at The Sun, things “hit a rut” during conversations about money.

It comes as Sid’s on-screen sister Janine, played by iconic star Charlie Brooks, is confirmed to be making a return to the Square.

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