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EastEnders legend set to return after bagging a role on new spin-off show – 15 years after his character was axed

EastEnders legend Joe Swash is set to make a return to the BBC soap – 15 years after his character was axed.

The actor, 41, who starred as Mickey Miller between 2003 and 2008, has landed a role as host of a one-off interview special where he’ll chat to the cast amid the upcoming Christmas murder storyline.

Soap stalwarts such as Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale) and Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts) are among the cast to be interviewed by Joe, who’ll know doubt grill them about their part in the big festive whodunnit.

A flashforward scenes was aired in February showing six Walford women standing over the body of a mystery male character, leaving fans guessing who the victim and murderer could be ever since.

And amid the buzz surrounding the plot, it’s thought that the one-off special starring Joe could air on BBC3 in the coming months.

Exciting: EastEnders legend Joe Swash is set to make a return to the BBC soap - 15 years after his character was axed

Exciting: EastEnders legend Joe Swash is set to make a return to the BBC soap – 15 years after his character was axed

Role: The actor, 41, who starred as Mickey Miller between 2003 and 2008 (pictured), has landed a role as host of a one-off interview special where he'll chat to the cast amid the upcoming Christmas murder storyline

Role: The actor, 41, who starred as Mickey Miller between 2003 and 2008 (pictured), has landed a role as host of a one-off interview special where he’ll chat to the cast amid the upcoming Christmas murder storyline

A source told The Sun: ‘There is so much buzz around the show at the moment and with so many big stories bosses felt it was the perfect moment to give the audience an exclusive behind-the-scenes access with a one-off interview special that will be hosted by Joe Swash later in the year.

‘Joe is such a huge part of the EastEnders family, so he was a natural fit to present as he has such a history with the show.

‘The special is unlike one they’ve done before so viewers are going to love it.’

MailOnline have contacted EastEnders representatives or comment.

Joe’s wife Stacey Solomon recently mistakenly gave a hint about Joe’s big new job as she printed off his scripts in an Instagram reel.

Though she didn’t state what the job was and tried to cover the contents with her hand, Gillian and Letitia’s names were still partially visible, making it evident that Joe is set to grill the ladies on the storyline.

Meanwhile, just months ago, Joe revealed he would like to return to EastEnders after getting the worst exit ever.

Speaking with fellow EastEnders star Dean Gaffney while starring on I’m A Celebrity South Africa in May, Joe admitted he wasn’t happy with how he left the show.

 

 

 

Chat: Soap stalwarts such as Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale) and Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts) are among the cast to be interviewed by Joe, who'll know doubt grill them about their part in the big festive whodunnit

Chat: Soap stalwarts such as Gillian Taylforth (Kathy Beale) and Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts) are among the cast to be interviewed by Joe, who’ll know doubt grill them about their part in the big festive whodunnit

Man for the job: Amid the buzz surrounding the plot, it's thought that the one-off special starring Joe could air on BBC3 in the coming months

Man for the job: Amid the buzz surrounding the plot, it’s thought that the one-off special starring Joe could air on BBC3 in the coming months

According to The SunCarol Vorderman asks Joe if he will return to Walford, to which he says: ‘I wouldn’t mind it.

‘You know exactly what you’re doing, when you’re doing it, how you’re doing it.

‘But they’ve never asked me mate, not once.’

The soap star then admitted he wished he had been given a more dramatic exit storyline as many characters get.

Character: Meanwhile, just months ago, Joe revealed he would like to return to EastEnders after getting the worst exit ever

Character: Meanwhile, just months ago, Joe revealed he would like to return to EastEnders after getting the worst exit ever

He said: ‘I had the worst outro ever! I didn’t even leave at the end of the episode.

‘So usually you leave at the end of the episode and you get the ‘doof doof’.

‘Mine, I went to Norwich to be a bell boy at a hotel and mid scene I just walked into the Vic and went, ‘Right, see you later’.

‘They turned back to Phil, turned back to me and I’d gone. I was like, ‘What, that’s it?’ I was there five years and not one doof doof!’

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