Eastenders legend Alfie Moon will return to Albert Square later this year BBC bosses have confirmed.

Shane Richie, who last left the soap in January 2019 will return to Walford three years after making an enemy of Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) in the process.

Moon first featured in EastEnders in November 2002 and has been at the heart of major storylines.

In scenes due to air in the autumn, his return will prompt friction with the residents, including his ex-wife, Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace), who is now in a relationship with Phil.

The couple’s fiery relationship was at the centre of many major storylines but their union came to a sudden end in 2018 when it emerged that Alfie had secretly fathered a son with her cousin Hayley. He and Kat are now officially divorced.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Shane Richie who is to return as Alfie Moon in the BBC1 soap EastEnders. (BBC/PA)Shane Richie who is to return as Alfie Moon in the BBC1 soap EastEnders. (BBC/PA)

Eastenders bosses hint at clues about Alfie Moon’s return in upcoming episodes

Show bosses are encouraging viewers to watch for clues about his return in the coming days.

Richie said: “It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be asked back to my TV home of Albert Square. I’m looking forward to catching up with some old castmates and meeting some new ones.

“The new exec producer, Chris Clenshaw, has been instrumental in wanting to bring Alfie Moon back with some wonderful storylines… and who am I to say no?! I can’t wait.”

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said: “Shane Richie created one of the most iconic, loveable and most memorable characters in soap, and to welcome him back to Walford is an absolute pleasure.

“A lot’s happened since Alfie’s been away from the Square, but wherever his floral shirts go you can expect fun, frolics and, of course, the odd porky-pie.

“We’re over the moon to have him home.”