EastEnders will have a new Albert Square star when it returns to screens after the Covid-19 emergency - a permanent mural of a Black woman by British-born Ghanaian artist Dreph.
Filming resumed on the BBC soap this week with the 5x2m mural taking pride of place on the side wall of the Beales' house on Bridge Street, opposite the Queen Vic.
The internationally-acclaimed Dreph, whose real name is Neequaye Dsane, took on the commission following the success of his 2017 project You Are Enough, which saw him paint portraits of Black women on walls around London to pay tribute to the women's work in their communities.
"The opportunity to have my art work on the set as a permanent feature, having the same impact as my work has on the streets of London, was a really exciting opportunity," said Dreph.
"I remember watching the very first EastEnders episode three decades ago, so I was really surprised to hear from the team! I'm so pleased that EastEnders has found a way to reflect modern-day UK in a time when so many of us are finding ways to voice anti-racism and I'm so happy that my work will become the backdrop to future storylines in the show."
EastEnders' Executive Producer Jon Sen described Dreph's mural as "an exciting and timely addition to the show that reflects events taking place in the real world".
"Anti-racism is something that the cast, crew and producers care passionately about at EastEnders and the show is well known for tackling social issues and celebrating diversity and inclusivity through its characters and storylines."