EastEnders confirms Michael French to return as David Wicks later this year

Roguish David will be back full time following his brief reappearance in 2012

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EastEnders bosses have confirmed that womanising David Wicks (played as ever by Michael French) is heading back to Walford.

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Having briefly reappeared last year to be at the deathbed of mum Pat, David will return later in 2013 to cause a stir among the residents of Albert Square.

Lorraine Newman, executive producer, said of the news: “It’s an absolute honour to have Michael back in the show. Michael created an iconic character in David and with such rich history, with Ian, Bianca and of course, Carol, there’s plenty to explore in the future.”

During his original time on the BBC1 soap between 1993 and 1996, David’s most notable storyline saw him have an affair with Cindy Beale (Michelle Collins), wife of his half-brother Ian (Adam Woodyatt). During the course of the fling, Cindy even hired a hitman to kill Ian, although he did of course survive the assassination attempt.

In January 2012, when David visited Pat in the last few hours of her life, romance was reignited between him and Carol (Lindsey Coulson). However, after a whirlwind romance, David soon realised that he couldn’t be with Carol and on the night that they were to disappear together, David left alone, leaving Carol heartbroken.

Since his departure, David had tried to get in touch with Carol but villainous Derek intercepted the letters and hid them away. It wasn’t until after Derek died, that Carol realised, but too much time had passed for her to do anything about it.

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After his first stint on EastEnders came to an end in 1996, Michael French went on to star in the short-lived fantasy drama Crime Traveller before embarking on a long-running stint as Nick Jordan on both Holby City and Casualty.