Shane Richie 'in talks' for EastEnders return
22 December 2017 - 9:00 AM

Shane Richie 'in talks' for EastEnders return

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Shane Richie is in talks to return to "EastEnders".

The 53-year-old actor was last seen as character Alfie Moon on an operating table on spin-off show "Redwater" with viewers unsure whether he would survive, and while the programme has since been axed, the star looks set to make a return to Albert Square.

"EastEnders" executive producer John Yorke, who has extended his three-month contract to a full year, said: "Alfie will always be a part of the "EastEnders" family."

While Shane's return is thought to be "some way off", he is expected to reprise his role alongside on-screen wife Kat Moon after it was revealed Jessie Wallace will return to Walford next year.

An "EastEnders" source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The aim is to establish the Slaters once again as a force of strong women to be reckoned with.

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"Alfie's comeback is some way off but it was always the plan to reunite them. Who could resist a bit more Kat and Alfie?"

John first introduced Kat's iconic Slater family in 2000 and he was keen to bring back one of his most popular creations.

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He added: "The Slaters are one of the all-time great families in "EastEnders". Albert Square has never felt the same since they scattered to different ends of the country, and beyond."

As well as Jessie, Laila Morse has confirmed she is returning to "EastEnders" to reprise her role as Slater family matriarch Big Mo Harris, a part she first played in 2000.

She will return to Walford next spring alongside Jean Slater, who is played by Gillian Wright.

Laila said: "I'm really excited to be coming back.

"It's the one question I'm constantly asked. I can't wait to see everyone and get stuck back into life in Walford."

Jean - who plays Lacey Turner's character Stacey Slater's mother - said: "I am delighted the Slater women are to be reunited once more.

"I have always adored working alongside Lacey, Jessie and Laila and I am looking forward to being reacquainted with everyone at "EastEnders" again."

Jessie has also admitted she is delighted to be "coming home".

She said: "I am thrilled to be returning to "EastEnders" next year and knowing what John Yorke has in store for the Slaters is incredibly exciting.

"I love Kat and Walford dearly and I cannot wait to get started - watch out Walford, Kat's coming home."

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