Hollywood star Patrick Bergin has joined the cast of BBC soap opera EastEnders.

The actor will portray Aidan Joseph Patrick Maguire who has been billed by the beeb as a ‘charismatic old school villain’.

Aidan is a former acquaintance of the Square’s resident shady hardnut Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), the pair having spent time together behind bars in 2005.

“EastEnders deserves the very best and in Patrick we are absolutely privileged to have a truly great actor join the show. It’s a huge honour to have him on board, where he’ll be working hand in hand with Phil Mitchell and Mick Carter to carry a truly explosive storyline for Christmas and New Year. We can’t wait to get started.” – John Yorke, Creative Director, EastEnders

During their time inside the two formed a strong friendship helping each other out if and when they needed it. Although they have since lost touch, it won’t take long for their old bond to come back to the fore as well as Phil’s passion for dabbling in things that aren’t, well, strictly legit…

Patrick Bergin has starred in many films and television dramas including Mountains of the Moon, Dracula, Robin Hood, Red Rock and most famously Sleeping with the Enemy.

“I am delighted to be joining EastEnders as I have watched and admired it since the days of Dirty Den. It is an iconic show that has the ability to shape the way people think, whilst also telling big explosive stories that keep the audience gripped. I am really looking forward to seeing what they have in store for Aidan as it’s bound to be dramatic.”  – Patrick Bergin

The beeb note that Bergin will start filming this month and will appear on screen towards the end of the year.

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