The Hustle star has agreed to reprise his role of Deano Wicks in the BBC One soap and will begin filming next month. He previously portrayed the role of Shirley Carter’s (Linda Henry) son between January 2006 and February 2008.
“It’s such an exciting time for the show and the Carter/Wicks family that I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reprise the role of Dean! I’m looking forward to getting back on the Square.” – Matt Di Angelo
The character of Deano was last seen making an abrupt exit from Walford after serving time in prison for perverting the course of justice over Patrick Trueman’s (Rudolph Walker) attack.
Deano departed on difficult terms with Shirley who currently believes that her son is living in Australia. However, Shirley’s father Stan (Timothy West) knows different and will surprise her with the news that Deano is now going by the name of Dean and is living much closer to home later this month.
“Matt is a gorgeous, charming, talented actor and it’s fantastic that he’s agreed to come back to the Square.
“Deano left angry with his mother. The Dean who returns is angrier. Shirley has been secretly hoping for her son’s return. Let’s hope she doesn’t regret that.” – Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Since leaving EastEnders, Di Angelo has starred in Hustle, Borgia and Death in Paradise