Former EastEnders star Derek Martin is set to reprise his role as cab driver Charlie Slater in Albert Square over Christmas.

The 80-year-old actor, who starred in the popular soap from 2000 and 2011, has already filmed his scenes and will star in a single episode over the festive season.

An EastEnders spokesman confirmed: "Derek Martin will be returning to ­Albert Square as Charlie over Christmas."

According to the Daily Star Sunday, Charlie's reasons for returning to The Square involve his daughter Kat (Jessie Wallace).

It was recently confirmed that Natalie Cassidy would be returning to EastEnders as Sonia Fowler in January.