British soap star Steve Mcfadden has accepted a "substantial" payout relating to Britain's phone-hacking scandal.

The Eastenders actor, who plays Phil Mitchell on the long-running programme, was one of a string of celebrities and high-profile public figures who had their phones illegally tapped by a private eye allegedly hired by News of the World editors.

The scandal forced media mogul Rupert Murdoch to shut down the Sunday tabloid in 2011, and led to a lengthy legal ethics investigation in the U.K.

A number of hacking victims filed claims for damages, with actors Jude Law and Rhys Ifans, funnyman Steve Coogan, and rocker Pete Doherty all reaching settlements.

Now MCFadden has also agreed to take an undisclosed sum in damages after learning a police officer had sold information about him to News of the World reporter in 2010. The journalist had also allegedly attempted to intercept the actor's voicemail messages.

MCFadden received a formal apology from bosses at the News of the World's parent company News Group Newspapers and officials at the Metropolitan Police, who will share the cost of damages, during a court hearing on Tuesday (16Sep14).