Blue’s Lee Ryan joins EastEnders
Former Blue singer Lee Ryan is joining EastEnders.
The noughties boy band singer will be joining the London-based soap as Woody, a new Walford bad boy. Ryan will make his first appearance on the show in a few weeks’ time.
Ryan told the Sun: “I’m so excited to be part of the show. Woody is the best role I could have wished for.
“He’s a brilliant character and it’s clear he’s led a colourful life. Everyone at EastEnders has been so welcoming.”
EastEnders Executive Producer Sean O’Connor said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lee Ryan to Walford as ‘Woody’ Woodward.
“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.
“He’s going to ruffle some feathers and obviously break some hearts, so there’s a great deal to look forward to as soon as he bursts onto the square.
“Lee is a perfect casting for Albert Square and we knew straight away we wanted him for the role.”
Ryan is best known as one-quarter of Blue, a popular boy band in the early noughties. The group released three number one albums in the UK between 2001 and 2003 before going on hiatus in 2004. The band later reformed, released a greatest hits album and have performed intermittently ever since.
Ryan is the third member of Blue to attempt a soap career. Former bandmate Simon Webbe played a role in River City last year and Duncan James is currently wowing in Hollyoaks.