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EastEnders' Shaun Williamson serenades England fans with Sweet Caroline


While Three Lions may be the anthem of choice for many at the moment, actor Shaun Williamson belted out another classic song as he performed for England fans on Wednesday night.

Taking to the stage of Croydon’s Boxpark, the former Eastenders star lent his vocal talents to the Neil Diamond class, Sweet Caroline as Gareth Southgate’s boys prepared to take on Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020.

As he hyped up the crowd, the 55-year-old gave his own rendition of the 1969 hit song and impressed the audience with his singing talents.

England flags adorned the venue and hundreds of jubilant footballs fans jumped up and down as they sang the lyrics back to the actor-turned-singer.



Shaun Williamson at BOXPARK in Croydon as they watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between England and Croatia held at Wembley Stadium.
The actor waved an England flag as he performed for football fans

Fans remained is good spirits as England went on to secure their place in the final thanks to a penalty in extra-time.

As the match was all-square after 90 minutes, the game heading into extra time to try and break the deadlock.

The viewing nation was spared the dreaded trauma of a penalty shootout as England captain Harry Kane scored via rebound after missing a penalty in the additional time.

England will go on to face Italy on Sunday in a bid to bring football home- their first ever appearance in a European Championship final.

Judging by the reaction to his pre-match vocals, Shaun may have secured himself a repeat booking as the dream of football coming home remains a possibility.

Fans at the viewing park will remain as happy and joyous as they at the start of the night when the actor performed thanks to the country’s victory at Wembley.

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Shaun Williamson at BOXPARK in Croydon ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark.
The Eastenders star performed in Croydon ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

This isn’t the first time Shaun has warmed up a crowd before a match.

The TV personality first performed on the same stage back in June as the nation’s football heroes went on to beat Croatia in their opening game of the tournament.

The star, best known for his portrayal of Barry Evans on the BBC soap, got the crowd going as he belted out Mustang Sally ahead of England’s first victory in the European Championships.

While the dad-of-three may be best known for his acting talents, he has been impressing audiences with his powerful vocals for many years now.

In 2014, many were impressed as the Extras star belted out some songs and entertained the crowd World Indoor Bowls Championships in Great Yarmouth.



Shaun Williamson
The TV personality is a man of many talents as he performs in various industries

Performing a rendition of ‘(Something Inside) So Strong’ by Labi Siffre before the tense men’s singles final, Shaun proved he is a man of many talents.

In addition to singing and acting, the star has also had success in the in the theatre world, taking on many classic roles over the years.

As well as appearing in multiple pantomimes, the multi-talented star has also graced the West End in productions such as Guys and Dolls.

He most recently toured the country in a 2012 stage revival of the Ealing Studios film The Ladykillers.

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