It has been confirmed that Matt Di Angelo will be returning to EastEnders as Deano Wicks.
Deano is the estranged son of Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) and he was last seen in the soap in February 2008 when he left Walford after a tough prison sentence. He had joined the soap in 2006 when he arrived with his father, Kevin (Phil Daniels).
Shirley thinks her son is working in Australia but finds out later this year from her father Stan (Timothy West) that he is back in England and much closer to home.
Di Angelo said of his return "It's such an exciting time for the show and the Carter/Wicks family that I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to reprise the role of Dean! I'm looking forward to getting back on the Square."
Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: "Matt is a gorgeous, charming, talented actor and it's fantastic that he's agreed to come back to the Square. Deano left angry with his mother. The Dean who returns is angrier. Shirley has been secretly hoping for her son's return. Let's hope she doesn't regret that."