Lee Ryan is set to return to EastEnders for at least a year.

The Blue singer, who is currently guest starring as Harry ‘Woody’ Woodward in the soap, impressed bosses so much that his contract has been extended.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: “I am delighted that EastEnders have asked me to come back. It was a dream come true when I landed the role so I am thrilled that this has now turned into something much bigger. It has been a surreal experience walking down the road and having people shouting ‘Woody’ at me but I cannot wait to get back in the Square to see what trouble he will cause this time round.”

The 33-year-old heartthrob joined the soap last month and it is rumoured that his departure from the show is due to Danny Dyer’s character Mick Carter.

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