John Partridge broke down in tears as he held his new book for the first time.

John Partridge

John Partridge

The former 'EastEnders' star - who played Christian Clarke from 2008 to 2012 - revealed he has received the first copy of his cookery book 'There's No Taste Like Home', and he was clearly emotional in a video of the moment shared on social media.

In the Twitter clip, he said: "It's arrived, the first copy! Oh my God, I can't believe it! 'There's No Taste Like Home.' "

In another video, the 48-year-old actor - who has enjoyed huge success in musical theatre with roles in the likes of 'Cats', 'Grease' and 'Rent' - broke down in tears after thanking Octopus Publishing, his team and lover Jon Tsouras, whom he has been in a civil partnership with since 2011.

He added: "I wanna thank Jon for just being brilliant. These are happy tears, and I'm sorry - but I wanna thank everybody that's pre-ordered the book as well. I think it's brilliant - I'm just so grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Last year, John - who won 'Celebrity MasterChef' in 2018 - revealed his plans for the book, which will tell the story of the actor's grief over the death of his mother and how cooking helped him process his feelings.

He lost his mother Bridget in 2017 following her long-standing battle with Alzheimer's and the book promises to capture the "emotional connection with food" that helped him cope with her death.

Announcing the book in a video posted to Twitter, John said: "I'm so excited to finally be able to tell you that my first cook book 'There's No Taste Like Home' is available for pre-order today on Amazon.

"I've been waiting this for such a long time now I can't believe it is finally happening and today has finally arrived. If you like all the recipes I post online you'll find them in the book and a little bit about me too, it's nostalgia, it's home cooking. I've cooked everything in there in my house, in my kitchen so obviously you don't need fancy gadgets you just need my recipes."

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