Colin Russell to return to Albert Square as Lord Michael Cashman reprises his role


EastEnders fans will be treated with a blast from the past, when Lord Michael Cashman briefly reprises his role as Colin Russell.

Lord Cashman’s character quickly became one of the Square’s most well-loved residents following his arrival, and his alter-ego made a large impact on not just the Square’s residents, but the British public too, when he was involved in the first ever gay kiss on a British soap opera.

The character soon found himself in a relationship with Barry Clark, sparking controversy in the British media. Colin departed Albert Square in 1989, when he decided to leave the Square and move to Bristol to live with his brother.

Show bosses are keeping schtum about the reason for his brief return – however it has been tipped to raise a big question for Dot.

Colin and Barry

Cashman (left) with his co-star Gary Hailes.

On his appearance, Lord Michael Cashman says: “It was a real joy, indeed a privilege, to return to my old home of Albert Square. To be amongst so many friends again, and to be back in the place where 30 years ago I started an amazing journey. An amazing journey which incredibly helped to change the country, and certainly its attitude to lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

“Arguably without EastEnders I would never have gone into politics; I would not have been one of the founders of Stonewall and its founding chair, and I would never have ended up where I am now. As Shakespeare would have said by returning to where it all started ‘the wheel has turned full circle’. And the exquisite joy of having my scenes with the incredible Dame June Brown was a bonus beyond anything else.”

Cashman will make his appearance next month and is set to appear in two episodes.

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