The storyline captured viewer and media interest and the culprit-reveal episode was watched by 22 million viewers.
In 2016, Phil was revealed to be the father of Denise Fox (Diane Parish)'s unborn child.
Phil later goes into partnership at The Queen Victoria public house with Grant and his wife Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean), and moves in with them.
Sharon and Phil have sex but she stays with Grant, who is unaware of their betrayal.
Sharon and Grant's reconciliation is brief, and amidst more rowing and physical violence, Grant is arrested and imprisoned.
In his absence, Phil and Sharon continue their affair but when Grant is released, Sharon reconciles with him, leaving Phil heartbroken. Nadia seduces and sleeps with a drunken Phil; he regrets it, denying it to Kathy so Grant threatens to kill her to make her leave but Phil later bribes her into agreeing to a divorce.
Philip James "Phil" Mitchell is a long-standing fictional character from the BBC soap opera East Enders, played by Steve Mc Fadden.
Phil was introduced to the soap opera on 20 February 1990, and was followed by his brother, Grant (Ross Kemp), sister Sam (Danniella Westbrook/Kim Medcalf) and mother Peggy (Jo Warne/Barbara Windsor).
Phil is one of the major introductions made by executive producer Michael Ferguson, who wanted to bring in some macho, male leads.Phil and his brother Grant became popularly known as the Mitchell brothers in the British media with Phil initially portrayed as the lesser of two thugs.Storylines featuring the Mitchell family dominated the soap opera throughout the 1990s, with Phil becoming a popular and long-running male protagonist into the 2000s and the 2010s.Mc Fadden temporarily left the series in late 2003 then returned in March 2005 for a short stint, before making a permanent return in October 2005.Phil's most prominent storylines include his battles with alcoholism and addiction, various criminal dealings, having an affair with Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) who was married to Grant (a storyline popularly dubbed "Sharongate"), a failed marriage to Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), a strong rivalry with his former step-son Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), his numerous feuds with the likes of Steve Owen (Martin Kemp), Dan Sullivan (Craig Fairbrass), Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman), Mark Fowler (Todd Carty), Archie Mitchell (Larry Lamb), Den Watts (Leslie Grantham), Johnny Allen (Billy Murray), Nick Cotton (John Altman), Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman), Max Branning (Jake Wood), Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), Carl White (Daniel Coonan), Vincent Hubbard (Richard Blackwood) and Gavin Sullivan (Paul Nicholas), and being stalked by his son Ben (Joshua Pascoe), leading to an arrest for the murder of Stella Crawford (Sophie Thompson), who abused Ben before jumping from a factory roof.One of the most culturally significant storylines featuring the character aired in 2001 and was dubbed "Who Shot Phil? The plot saw Phil shot in a whodunit mystery, with the assailant eventually revealed as his former girlfriend Lisa Shaw (Lucy Benjamin).