McBusted star Matt Willis is to make his EastEnders debut as Stacey Branning's boyfriend Luke in the episode airing on Thursday 13 February.
After thinking that she's spied Stacey on the streets of Walford, Kat (Jessie Wallace) goes on a mission to track down her relative. But when she comes face to face with Stacey's new partner, will Kat reveal who she really is?
Show bosses have already described Luke as an ambitious young man who is deeply in love and “working hard in the city for him and his family”, only to find that life with Stacey will not be plain sailing.
Speaking of his signing to the BBC1 soap, Willis - currently playing Linda Robson’s screen son in ITV’s revival of Birds of a Feather - said: “I’m so thrilled to be a part of such an iconic show. I grew up watching EastEnders, so this is really exciting for me."
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added: “I’ve always loved Matt and it will be a real treat for viewers to watch him and Lacey together on screen as part of her return to the Square. Luke gives as good as he gets, so is a great foil to Stacey. Pity she’s been lying to him since the day she met him…”
Matt Willis first found fame as part of pop rock band Busted before going on to win the sixth series of reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! In late 2013, Busted merged with McFly for a UK tour in 2014 – minus Busted founding member Charlie Simpson.