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Blue singer Lee Ryan joins EastEnders

Lee Ryan will be joining the BBC soap this spring, playing new bad boy Woody.

Blue singer Lee Ryan has joined the cast of BBC soap EastEnders.

The 33-year-old, famous for hits like All Rise and One Love with the boyband, is set to play Walford's newest bad boy when he arrives in Albert Square this spring.

He will star as new character Woody, who will "ruffle feathers and break hearts", and said he is "excited" about his temporary stint in the programme.

"Woody is the best role I could have wished to play," Lee said. "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."

EastEnders' executive producer Sean O'Connor described Lee as the "perfect casting" for the soap.

Describing Lee's alter-ego, Sean explained: "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.

"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 in August (16), with his portrayal of Ryan Knight earning him a National Television Awards nomination for best newcomer.

And Duncan was quick to offer Lee his congratulations for his new gig, writing: "Massive congrats to my boy @OfficialLeeRyan for landing a role in @bbceastenders (clapping emojis) @officialblue."

Lee is no stranger to making headlines with his television work. He caused controversy when he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014 and became embroiled in a love triangle with Casey Batchelor and Jasmine Waltz.

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