Lee will appear in the soap for a short stint to play new character ‘Woody’ Woodward. Eastenders bosses are keeping viewers guessing as to why Woody has turned up in Albert Square as well as what is in store for him and the residents.
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.”
Lee isn’t the first member of Blue to make the move from the stage to the screen. His bandmate Duncan James joined the cast of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks last year, with his portrayal of Ryan Knight earning him a National Television Awards nomination for best newcomer.
Duncan took to Twitter earlier to congratulate his bandmate on his huge news : “Massive congrats to my boy @OfficialLeeRyan for landing a role in @bbceastenders (clapping emojis) @officialblue.”