Derek Martin is to return to BBC One soap EastEnders for a guest stint as Charlie Slater.
As announced this week, Kat (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie (Shane Richie) are to make a brief return to Walford this Christmas – but there will be another resident of Walford past closely following them. Derek Martin will be reprising his role of Charlie Slater, Kat’s father, for a guest appearance in the new year.
BBC Elstree executives are remaining tight lipped as to why Charlie Slater returns but it’s set to be dramatic as Kat and her father have always had a turbulent relationship. Will this be a happy family reunion for them all – or will Charlie and Kat’s reunion stir up more ghosts from the past?
“I’m so excited to be coming back into such a big and important storyline and I can’t wait to get stuck in and be back with the family again.” – Derek Martin
Charlie Slater was last seen in Albert Square back in December 2013 (pictured below) when he came to spend Christmas with Kat and Alfie for their final Christmas in The Vic. His return is part of the storyline that sets the scene for the new BBC One drama which will see Kat and Alfie head off to Ireland to search for answers to some very big questions…