Lee Ryan from boyband Blue is joining the EastEnders cast as 'Woody'

The longstanding tradition of ex-boyband members turning to Soapload continues apace, as it's just been announced that EastEnders will have a new 'heartthrob' *cough*

Lee Ryan, formerly of Blue, will join the gang at Albert Square this spring in a short-term role as 'Woody' Woodward.

Ryan, who dabbled in acting with a role in Holby City before he joined Blue, 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."

His character is described as "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" who will "ruffle some feathers and break some hearts."

Let's just hope for his sake that that name isn't a measure of his acting skills.

 

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