The Radio Times reports that comedian Richard Blackwood is to join the cast of Eastenders. Blackwood will play a new villain to the Square and will appear in a live scene during the soap’s 30th anniversary week.
Blackwood said of his signing to the BBC 1 soap:
“EastEnders is a show I’ve grown up watching so to film on Albert Square is something I’ll never get used to. To know my first ever scene will be a live one hopefully means the team believe in me and I won’t let them down!”
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added:
“Richard Blackwood has always been on our EastEnders wishlist – and now the perfect part has come along. Richard’s an authentic Londoner and a terrific actor, bringing with him warmth, humour and energy which will add so many layers to this 21st century EastEnders villain.
“The status quo in the Square is about to be well and truly shaken…”
I just hope the script writers give him decent story lines and the role lasts longer than 6 months.