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Samuel Attwater (born 10 April 1986)[2] is an English actor and singer who played Leon Small in the British soap opera EastEnders and its online spin-off EastEnders: E20.

Sam Attwater
Samuel Attwater

(1986-04-10) 10 April 1986 (age 33)
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England[1]
Years active2007–present
EastEnders: E20
Vicky Ogden (m. 2014)

He won the sixth series of Dancing on Ice in March 2011 and participated in the 'All Stars' series in 2014. He was eliminated 11th, finishing in 4th place.



Attwater trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and went on to star in musicals such as Tonight's the Night, 12 Tenors, 20th Century Boy, and Our Benny.[3] He appeared as a dancer in Bollywood film Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and featured in four episodes of Hollyoaks in 2009, playing Ricky.[3][4] In January 2010 he starred in the EastEnders spin-off EastEnders: E20 as Leon Small and went on to become a regular cast member in EastEnders,[5] but was axed in May 2010,[6] making his last on-screen appearance on 30 September 2010.[7]


Attwater's debut EP, Breaking Boundaries, was released on 24 January 2011.[8]

Dancing on IceEdit

In December 2010 it was announced that Attwater would be competing in the sixth series of Dancing on Ice in 2011.[9] Attwater was partnered by professional figure skater Brianne Delcourt.[10] Attwater won the series on 27 March 2011, beating Laura Hamilton in the final. He then went on to perform alongside gold medal winning skaters Torvill and Dean, on the Dancing on Ice Live Tour 2011, touring around the UK performing at arenas such as the Birmingham NIA and Wembley Stadium.

Sam finished fourth in the 'All Stars' series of Dancing on Ice with his fiance Vicky Ogden after they lost out to Ray Quinn and his partner Maria Filippov but head judge Robin Cousins praised Sam and his skating work.

West EndEdit

On 18 July 2011, Sam made his West End debut playing the character of "Norman" in hit West End musical "Dreamboats & Petticoats" at the Playhouse Theatre. He also performed "The Wanderer" a song from the musical, on ITV's "This Morning" on 4 August 2011. He then also appeared on "The Alan Titchmarsh Show" performing with some of the cast of Dreamboats and Petticoats, on 13 October 2011.

He is currently starring as Brad Majors in the 40th Anniversary Production of Richard O'Brien's "The Rocky Horror Show" on a UK Tour, he began his run as Brad at the Edinburgh Playhouse and will continue until Milton Keynes Theatre on the tour schedule before being replaced by former Brad Majors ITV Superstar winner Ben Forster.

Between September 2013 and February 2014, Sam has appeared as Adam Pontipee in a nationwide tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Sam married Vicky Ogden in 2014. In 2016, Ogden gave birth to their daughter,


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Hollyoaks[4] Ricky Campbell 4 episodes
2010 EastEnders[4] Leon Small 42 episodes
EastEnders: E20[4] 13 episodes
2016 Mr Selfridge Bumby Wallace 1 episode


  1. ^ "Search results". Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  2. ^ Attwater, Sam (20 January 2011). "Twitlonger: Thank you all so much for wishing me a happy birthday but it's not my birthday". Twitlonger. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Sam Attwater". BBC. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d "Sam Attwater". IMDb. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  5. ^ Green, Kris (25 November 2009). "'EastEnders' announces 'E20' cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  6. ^ Green, Kris (11 May 2010). "Exclusive: Leon, Zsa Zsa to leave 'EastEnders'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  7. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (September 2010). "Zsa Zsa and Leon prepare to depart". Digital Spy. London. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Album". SamAttwater,com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  9. ^ Daniels, Colin (18 December 2010). "Full 'Dancing on Ice' lineup revealed". Digital Spy. London. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  10. ^ Love, Ryan (20 December 2010). "'Dancing on Ice' pairings confirmed". Digital Spy. London. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". Retrieved 29 April 2013.

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