Blue star Lee Ryan will arrive on EastEnders next week – but his character ‘Woody’ Woodward will not receive a warm welcome from the Carter clan at the Queen Vic.
Scenes to be shown on Tuesday 18 April see the family learn that bar manager Woody has been sent by Linda to help out at the pub in her and Mick’s absence.
But it will be a baptism by fire for the new arrival, who’ll immediately have to deal with a fresh disaster upstairs at the Vic. And let’s just say that the Carters won’t exactly be making Woody feel at home.
Speaking recently about his signing to the soap: “I am so excited to be part of the show. Woody is the best role I could have wished to play.
“He’s a brilliant character, and it’s clear he’s been leading a full and colourful life. I can’t wait for people to see what he’s like for themselves.
“Everyone at EastEnders has been so welcoming. I know some of the cast already so I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
Executive producer Sean O’Connor added: “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.”
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