Grantchester star Ross Boatman joins cast of EastEnders

Dana's protective father is headed to The Square.

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Grantchester actor Ross Boatman is joining the cast of EastEnders this summer as Dana’s father, proud family man Harvey Monroe – so Bobby better watch himself.

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In a statement released by the BBC, Harvey is described as “a real family man who’s proud to have been raised in Bow and even prouder to be a dad”.

“Harvey is traditional, fiercely protective and will do anything to keep Dana safe,” the teaser says. “Viewers have seen Bobby embellishing the truth on his dates with Dana (Barbara Smith) and as things get more serious between the new couple, will Harvey find the new Bobby as impressive?”

It looks like some trouble is headed for The Square.

Speaking of the casting news, Boatman said: “Some actors long for all the glamour of the Hollywood hills. Others dream about the bright lights of London’s West End. All I ever wanted was jellied eels, Albert Square and cheeky pint at The Queen Vic. Words can hardly express how happy and excited I am to be here at last. I absolutely love the show and can’t wait to get started. I feel truly blessed.”

Jon Sen, EastEnders’ Executive Producer, added: “We can’t wait for Ross to join us in Albert Square as Harvey. He’s perfect to play the affable father to Dana who’s over the moon his daughter’s found a match in Bobby but secrets aren’t likely to stay hidden on the Square so Bobby’s attempts at re-invention may well be futile. We’re looking forward to Harvey’s arrival, he’ll certainly shake up the Beale family dynamics.”

As well as a recent stint in Grantchester, Boatman has appeared in The Bill, Holby City, Casualty and Mum.

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