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Lee Ryan swaps boyband for bad boy

Former Blue singer Lee Ryan has joined the cast of EastEnders for a short stint as Albert Square’s new bad boy.

Lee is set to play new character ‘Woody’ Woodward, who is expected to cause quite a stir when he arrives in Walford this spring. Further details about who Woody is and why he’s come to Walford are yet to be revealed.

On joining EastEnders, Lee said: “I am so excited to be part of the show. Woody is the best role I could have wished to play. He’s a brilliant character, and it’s clear he’s been leading a full and colourful life. I can’t wait for people to see what he’s like for themselves. Everyone at EastEnders has been so welcoming. I know some of the cast already so I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Executive Producer Sean O’Connor says: “I’m delighted to welcome Lee Ryan to Walford as ‘Woody’ Woodward. Woody is a man who has worked hard and played hard in bars, clubs and pubs around the world and has finally decided to stop wandering and put down some roots. He’s going to ruffle some feathers and obviously break some hearts, so there’s a great deal to look forward to as soon as he bursts onto the square. Lee is a perfect casting for Albert Square and we knew straight away we wanted him for the role.”