Sean Mahon will be joining the cast of EastEnders later this summer to play Ray Kelly, the charming and mysterious ex-husband of Mel Owen and step-dad to her son, Hunter.

“I remember watching the very first episode of EastEnders back in 1985, little did I think I would be roaming the streets of Walford and hanging out at The Queen Vic all these years later.” – Sean Mahon

Ray has been billed as a ‘serial risk-taker and expert liar’, who certainly has the gift of the gab when it comes to getting what he wants. With Mel (Tamzin Outhwaite) swerving questions about him and being very reluctant to call him for help, Ray is clearly the last person she will want to see in Walford.

Viewers have already been introduced to Ray’s hardnosed sister Ciara (Denise McCormack), ex-wife of the Irish gangster Aidan Maguire (Patrick Bergin), suggesting a chequered past. With Hunter (Charlie Winter) making secret contact with his step-dad and having a low opinion of his mum’s new squeeze, Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), it’s clear he idolises Ray, but why has he suddenly arrived, and what will it mean for Mel and Jack?

Walford residents shouldn’t trust Ray’s slick exterior as underneath is an untrustworthy man who thrives on danger.

Tamzin Outhwaite re-joined EastEnders earlier this year following a sixteen year absence from the series.

“I’m so happy to join such an incredibly hard-working and talented team and I’m very much looking forward to playing out the drama that inevitably ensues on any given day in Albert Square. My character, Ray Kelly is not one to tread lightly and his arrival to the Square will cause shockwaves for many of the residents… it doesn’t get much better than that.” – Sean Mahon

Sean Mahon has started filming at the EastEnders studios for a summer debut in the soap.

Executive Consultant John Yorke has said the actor is ‘a delight to work with’ and notes that the character of Ray ‘brings to the show some very big secrets’.

Mahon’s previous credits include Broadway productions of The Seafarer and The 39 Steps, Philomena and the Irish drama Red Rock.

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