Lee Ryan given new EastEnders deal

The Blue singer has taken up a one year contract with the BBC One soap.

Harry ‘Woody’ Woodward will return to Albert Square over the summer to ruffle more feathers, The Mirror notes.

“I am delighted that EastEnders have asked me to come back. It has been a surreal experience walking down the road and having people shouting ‘Woody’ at me but I cannot wait to get back in the Square to see what trouble he will cause this time round.” – Lee Ryan

Woody first arrived in the Square last month as the Queen Vic’s new bar manager following Danny Dyer being written out of the soap on a temporary basis. He was last seen in Friday’s (19 May) episode when he left Walford after being punched by a returning Mick (Dyer) who didn’t like that Woody and Whitney (Shona McGarty) had been romping in his bed.

Woody and Mick clashed when the latter returned to Walford.

Billed as a bad boy by the beeb, Woody also caused a stir when he committed the cardinal sin of sacking silent barmaid Tracey (Jane Slaughter) – a mainstay of the Walford boozer – after Shirley (Linda Henry) dithered over reducing staff numbers to appease the new freehold owners.

“I knew from the moment Lee auditioned that he would be perfect for EastEnders and we are all thrilled that the audience fell in love with Woody as much as we did. Woody’s return later this year will undoubtedly cause a stir.” – Sean O’Connor, Executive Producer

Fans were left tamping fuming raging when Tracey was axed from the Queen Vic by Woody.

Lee is best known as one quarter of Blue. Formed in 2000, the R&B group also features Duncan James, Simon Webbe and Anthony Costa. The band’s hits have included All RiseFly ByIf You Come BackOne Love, and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word ft. Sir Elton John. They’ve notched up record sales of 15 million+ worldwide with 3 UK no.1 albums and 3 UK no.1 singles. The foursome parted company to pursue solo projects in 2005, before reforming in 2009.

Blue represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011.

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One

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