Phil McDermott is a British actor. Before turning to acting he was a trainee priest, a scrap metal worker, a weighbridge operator and a carpenter. He is most famous for playing a regular character in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He played the dim-witted odd-job man, Trevor Short from 1989-1990. His character was one of many to be axed from the show early in 1990 following the introduction of the new executive-producer, Michael Ferguson.Since leaving EastEnders McDermott has appeared in the children's situation comedy Dizzy Heights (BBC; 1991), which was set in a "wacky hotel".