Name: Sid Owen
Famous for: Being shouted at by Patsy Palmer
Bio: As permanently befuddled car mechanic Ricky Butcher, Sid Owen spent his years on EastEnders being memorably harangued by wife Bianca and labelled “a pilchard” by dad Frank.
He’s had four separate stints in Walford (the most recent being in June 2012 when he resurfaced for Janine’s wedding), but has also tried other career paths along the way. In 2000, he released a cover version of Sugar Minott’s Good Thing Going that reached number 14 in the charts and also finished in third place during the 2005 series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
News of his Strictly signing will please fans who thought he’d quit the UK for good: “I’ve retired. I’m now living permanently in France,” he told the Sunday Mirror in July. It seems the lure of ballroom glory has lured him back…
Sid on EastEnders