Shane Richie to return to EastEnders
22 March 2018 - 12:00 PM

Shane Richie to return to EastEnders

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Shane Richie is returning to "EastEnders".

The 54-year-old actor - who played Alfie Moon in the BBC One soap on and off between 2002 and 2016 - is reportedly set to make his return to Albert Square, after his on-screen wife Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) arrives back in Walford in Thursday night's (22.03.18) episode.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "With Kat's comeback the writers knew viewers would ask when Alfie would be back too, so they've managed to convince Shane to return. It won't be long-term but he'll play a role in a number of storylines in the coming months."

It comes just days after Shane admitted he would return to "EastEnders" "for the right storyline".

He said: "At the moment I don't plan to go back because John Yorke has brought back the Slaters. I'm always saying when I get asked, I'm no good at saying "no comment," I find it rude. For the right storyline, of course."

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Shane admitted Jessie is missing him in Walford, but won't put a date on a potential comeback just yet.

He added: "With Jessie going back, she said, "Oh I miss you being there," but who knows. Somewhere down the line there might be an opportunity for Alfie to go back."

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And Shane is determined to reprise his role on the BBC One soap because his wife Christie Goddard wants him to get out of the house.

He said: "My wife wants me to get back to work. She's desperate for me to do it ["EastEnders"] - so I will.

"I've had two years off and I think that was enough for me. I'm ready to go back if they'll have me. It's the best gig on TV."

Christie added: "Yes, I'm going to make sure he does."

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