Michael Greco is a British actor best known for his role in the BBC’s hit soap EastEnders as Beppe di Marco. Between 1998 and 2002, he played the goatee-bearded heartthrob for four years.
The 51-year-old has been on a “physical and mental journey” since leaving the soap, focusing on his health. His new workout routine resulted in a ripped physique. During the pandemic, the TV star wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of his body, “As we near the end of an unimaginable year, the most important thing we all still have is our health.” For me, having a healthy body is essential. It is the very foundation of who I am. This photo was taken in Los Angeles seven years ago, and it was only the start of my physical and mental journey.”
After leaving EastEnders, the actor went on to become a fairly well-known figure in the poker world. He’s won first place in everything from Grand Challenge tournaments in Vegas to Poker Circuits in London. According to Poker-in.com, he has earned over $1,114,297.00 from poker tournaments alone in his career. According to the website, the 51-year-old has played in 54 poker tournaments, making him England’s number 112 poker player.
Other little-known facts about Michael concern his personal life, which he prefers to keep private. In February of last year, the former EastEnders star and his girlfriend Helen Harris announced that they were expecting their first child at the age of 51.
Their relationship has remained under the radar, and it is unclear how long the couple has been together. On Instagram, Michael described Helen as his “absolute soulmate” and said the news of their baby was the “greatest post” he has ever shared on the platform.
The proud father’s message read as follows: “Greco, the infant. At the age of 51, I became a father for the first time! This is, without a doubt, the best post I’ve ever shared. I can’t express how emotional it was for me to learn that I’m going to be a father for the first time, with my soul mate.
I’m normally a very private person, but I couldn’t contain my joy and had to share it with the world! This is the best news I could ever hope for in these trying times we are all experiencing. My heart is overflowing with love for you, Baby G, and I adore you more than life itself. Xxx.”
Gianluca was born six weeks early in July and spent time in ICU after being diagnosed with Gastroschisis, a rare birth defect. He underwent life-saving surgery and was fortunate to survive. His father now describes him as a “happy and healthy” young boy.
“Gianluca and I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year,” Michael wrote on Instagram on New Year’s Day. It’s been an incredible year full of highs and lows. Back at the BBC, work has been excellent, and all signs point to a bright future in 2022.
“He fought for his life and was in danger of not waking up from his countless operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital, but most importantly, my beautiful son was born.” They did, in fact, save his life. I’m so grateful that he’s now a happy, healthy little bundle of joy. Thank you all for your continued concern and support for my son. “All of you are loved by us.”
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