EastEnders actor Shane Richie has said that fans are set for a "massive" storyline involving his character Alfie Moon.

In an interview with Bella magazine, Richie said: "The storyline that we are about to film is massive. It's a big story for my character, which I am really looking forward to.

"I hope Kat (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie reunite. It is something that may happen very soon but I couldn't possibly say."

On Tuesday it was announced that Danny Dyer is to play the new landlord of the Queen Vic, Mick Carter.

As to his own future on the soap, Richie said: "I will stay as long as they want me there and as long as they keep coming up with great stories.

"I've got a wife and children to look after and I pay my older kids' phone bills even though one of them has just toured with Justin Bieber."