Shane Richie will return to EastEnders as Alfie Moon this autumn, it has been announced.
The former Vic landlord and ex-husband of Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) arrived in the Square in November 2002 and has appeared on and off over the last 20 years, most recently in 2019 when he fled Walford after fleecing Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden).
"Shane Richie created one of the most iconic, loveable and most memorable characters in soap, and to welcome him back to Walford is an absolute pleasure," said executive producer Chris Clenshaw.
"A lot's happened since Alfie's been away from the Square but wherever his floral shirts go you can expect fun, frolics and, of course, the odd porky-pie. We're over the moon to have him home."
Richie said: "It's an absolute honour and privilege to be asked back to my TV home of Albert Square. I'm looking forward to catching up with some old cast mates and meeting some new ones.
"The new exec producer Chris Clenshaw has been instrumental in wanting to bring Alfie Moon back with some wonderful storylines... and who am I to say no?! I can't wait."
Alfie will be back on screen in the autumn, although the coming episodes are said to feature a "clue" about his impending return.