EastEnders has reportedly cast film actor Alan Ford for an upcoming storyline.


Alan Ford is best known for his roles in Guy Ritchie's movies Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

As per reports in The Sun, Ford's arrival will coincide with Walford residents attending Aunt Sal's funeral.

"Alan's a great signing by bosses," a source told the publication. "He's a huge star who fans will be delighted to see on the soap. His character has a long connection to the Mitchells."

The source added: "Aunt Sal was a stalwart of the soap and she'll be done proud with the scenes."

Alan Ford wearing a black blazer and bowtie and light blue shirt
Alan Ford Dave Benett/Getty Images for dunhill

Anna Karen, who portrayed Aunt Sal, was last onscreen in January 2017 for Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell's funeral and is set to get a huge send-off in future scenes.

The storyline comes after the death of actress Anna Karen, who passed away in 2022 at the age of 85.

At the time of her passing, EastEnders paid tribute to the actress, describing her as "a sharp, quick-witted and extremely popular character".

"Those who worked with her at EastEnders will never forget her warmth, kindness, fun and good humour," the statement read.

Ford has previously appeared in the BBC soap, playing conman Sam Sangers back in 1986. However, it isn't known if he will be reprising his role or being introduced as a new character.

When contacted by RadioTimes.com, a spokesperson for the BBC declined to comment.

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