Former Red Rock star, Sean Mahon, will be joining the cast of EastEnders later this summer.

Mahon, who played maverick cop Brian McGonigle in the Irish drama, is set to take on the role of the charming and mysterious ex-husband of Mel Owen and step-dad to her son, Hunter, when he makes his debut in Walford.

Viewers have already met Ray’s sister Ciara, ex-wife of the Irish gangster Aidan Maguire, suggesting a chequered past.

Speaking about joining the popular soap, Mahon said: "I remember watching the very first episode of EastEnders back in 1985, little did I think I would be roaming the streets of Walford and hanging out at The Queen Vic all these years later.

"I’m so happy to join such an incredibly hard-working and talented team and I’m very much looking forward to playing out the drama that inevitably ensues on any given day in Albert Square."

"My character, Ray Kelly is not one to tread lightly and his arrival to the Square will cause shockwaves for many of the residents… it doesn’t get much better than that."

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