Blue singer Lee Ryan is to join EastEnders this year, playing new villain Woody Woodward.
EastEnders Spy understands Ryan has only signed up for a guest stint, however it’s set to be nothing less than dramatic with his character promising to “ruffle feathers and break hearts” in the Square.
Speaking to The Sun, the singer said: “I’m so excited to be part of the show. Woody is the best role I could have wished for.
“He’s a brilliant character and it’s clear he’s led a colourful life. Everyone at ‘EastEnders’ has been so welcoming.”
EastEnders’ top boss Sean O’Connor seemed pleased with the casting, saying: “I’m delighted to welcome Lee Ryan to Walford as ‘Woody’ Woodward. Woody is a man who has worked hard and played hard in bars, clubs and pubs around the world and has finally decided to stop wandering and put down some roots.”
“He’s going to ruffle some feathers and obviously break some hearts, so there’s a great deal to look forward to as soon as he bursts onto the square.
“Lee is a perfect casting for Albert Square and we knew straight away we wanted him for the role.”
EastEnders viewers can see the singer’s debut in Walford this Spring on BBC One.