In addition to being the toughest character on EastEnders, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) has a reputation for being quite the ladies’ man.
In addition to being romantically involved with at least half of the women who have ever wandered through Albert Square, excluding those related to him, he has been married four times—to Romanian refugee Nadia Boravac (Anna Barkan), Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), Kate Morton (Jill Halfpenny), and Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean). He has also been engaged four additional times.
Phil is not always a bed of roses in a relationship. You can’t be Walford’s hardest hard man without committing a number of crimes, and throughout the years, Phil has also struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. Along with surviving being shot, he recently narrowly escaped being put to death in prison. He has also frequently felt the urge to stray due to his inherent masculine appeal.
Some of his ex-girlfriends gather in the Vic to celebrate not being with Phil Mitchell as his wedding to Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) draws near.
Of course, Phil and Kathy Beale have a long history together, and Kathy is the mother of Phil’s son Ben (Max Bowden). She and Phil get along pretty well these days because they’ve come together to protect Ben, but she doesn’t envy Kat at all as she gets ready to marry Phil.
Shirley Carter (Linda Henry), who had a brief engagement to Phil, doesn’t either. She once loved him, but more recently she blamed him for her sister Tina’s passing.
Sharon rounds out the group who are toasting not being wed to Phil, but her heart isn’t really in it. Sharon has been trying to convince Phil that she should be the one he is with, not Kat, ever since he recently said that he might have regretted them ever breaking up.
And perhaps she’ll be able to seize her opportunity when she finds out that Kat hasn’t shown up at the church for the ceremony.