In news no one saw coming, Peter Beale has been confirmed to be returning to EastEnders later this year, alongside mum and dad, Cindy (Michelle Collins) and Ian (Adam Woodyatt).


This time around, he will be played by Thomas Law, who is reprising his role for the first time since 2010.

Peter is the eldest living son of Ian, Walford's longest-serving character, and Cindy, who just returned to EastEnders after 25 years off-screen.

The character has been involved in some of the Square's biggest storylines, including "who killed Lucy", a plot that gripped the nation when his twin sister was brutally murdered - the killer turned out to be their brother, Bobby (Clay Milner Russell).

Peter was last seen in Walford in 2022 when he was forced to escape after clearing out Kathy's business account. It's now been revealed he's been living with Cindy over recent months.

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Little is known about why he's coming back to Walford, especially when relationships are strained, but EastEnders has promised he has "old wounds to mend and parents who have made an enemy of themselves" so it's bound to be packed with drama!

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Speaking about reprising his iconic role, Thomas said: "Over the years, I had hoped for a return to the Square, although I never thought it would happen - so it’s an absolute delight to be back in Walford as Peter Beale.

"It’s been great to see familiar and new faces, and I can’t wait to explore the character again in the wake of Cindy’s return – it’s an exciting time to return!"

Thomas Law as Peter Beale and Clay Milner Russell as Bobby Beale in EastEnders.
EMB 20.05 22.06.2023 Thomas Law as Peter Beale and Clay Milner Russell as Bobby Beale in EastEnders. BBC

Chris Clenshaw, executive producer, added: "I’m thrilled to welcome Thomas back to the role of Peter Beale. Although his time away from the Square has been short-lived, the Beale family dynamics have changed immensely since he last left Walford.

"Viewers will soon learn the details relating to how he came to learn that his mum, Cindy, was in fact alive, and how he and dad, Ian, reconciled their differences. We’re delighted to have him back permanently, but one thing is for certain, the Beale’s comeback will be nothing less than explosive for the Square."

Thomas has already started filming and will be expected to return on screen later in the year.

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