EastEnders: Lee Ryan to return as Woody – Blue star signs new contract

"I am delighted that EastEnders have asked me to come back," the actor and singer said today

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Lee Ryan will return to EastEnders this autumn following his successful guest stint as bar manager Harry ‘Woody’ Woodward.

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Blue star Ryan proved to be a hit with viewers despite rubbing the Carters up the wrong way during his temporary stay in the Queen Vic.

Last week’s episodes saw Woody booted out by Mick after he found him in his bed with Whitney, but show bosses have now handed the actor and singer a new contract.

Speaking today, Lee Ryan said: “I am delighted that EastEnders have asked me to come back. It was a dream come true when I landed the role, so I am thrilled that this has now turned into something much bigger.

“It has been a surreal experience walking down the road and having people shouting ‘Woody’ at me but I cannot wait to get back in the Square to see what trouble he will cause this time round.”

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Executive producer Sean O’Connor added: “I knew from the moment Lee auditioned that he would be perfect for EastEnders and we are all thrilled that the audience fell in love with Woody as much as we did. Lee’s return later this year will undoubtedly cause a stir.”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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