EastEnders' Steve McFadden accepts libel damages

Steve McFadden
Image caption McFadden appeared in court for the settlement of his legal action

EastEnders actor Steve McFadden has accepted undisclosed damages in the High Court after suing the publisher of the News of the World for libel.

The actor took legal action against News Group Newspapers following an article in November 2010 that suggested he had harassed a former girlfriend.

At the High Court on Monday, a lawyer for News Group Newspapers apologised.

McFadden, who plays EastEnders hardman Phil Mitchell in the BBC One soap opera, said: "I'm glad it's all over."

David Price QC, for McFadden, told Mr Justice Tugendhat in the High Court on Monday that the newspaper group had agreed to pay damages and his client's legal costs.

The court was told that the legal action had arisen from a News of the World article published on 7 November 2010 about the actor's arrest over "alleged harassment to cause violence" towards a former girlfriend.

Though no charges were brought and the case closed by police, McFadden had been concerned the article "may have been understood to suggest that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that he was guilty", Mr Price said.

Lawyer Brid Jordan, for News Group Newspapers, apologised.

The News of the World ceased publication after 168 years last July because of the phone-hacking scandal.