The Blue star is about to 'ruffle feathers and break hearts'

EastEnders is about to welcome a brand new bad boy to Albert Square – in the shape of none other than Lee Ryan.

Yep, the Blue singer has been cast as newcomer ‘Woody’ Woodward and is set to cause a massive stir when he arrives on our screens this spring.

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‘I am so excited to be part of the show,’ says Lee, 33. ‘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.’

Ooh, sounds intriguing! Not much is known about Woody’s arrival as of yet but it sounds like he’s going to spark quite a bit of trouble for Walford’s residents.

Executive producer Sean O’Connor says in a statement: ‘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.’

The surprise news has had a mixed reaction from EastEnders fans on Twitter but his Blue bandmates are certainly pleased for him.

‘Congrats brother,’ Antony Costa Tweeted, whilst Duncan James – who is currently appearing in rival soap Hollyoaks – said: ‘Massive congrats to my boy @OfficialLeeRyan for landing a role in @bbceastenders @officialblue’

Lee’s return to his singing and acting roots comes after he became better known for his love life as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014.

The star ended up in a love triangle with Casey Batchelor and Jasmine Waltz and went on to have a short-lived romance with Jasmine after the show.

If Woody brings anything like as much drama as THAT episode, we think EastEnders viewers are in for a treat!