Terry Alderton is set to play the new love interest of single mum Bianca Butcher in EastEnders.

Stand-up comedian Terry is joining BBC One’s EastEnders as cab driver Terry Spraggan, fresh from his run at the Edinburgh Festival.

Terry, said: “I’m still in shock, it’s all happened so fast. I can’t wait to get started and I love the fact I don’t have to change my name!”

Bianca (Patsy Palmer) has had her share of bad luck when it comes to love. She and sweetheart Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) have been divorced twice, and her other long-term boyfriend Tony King turned out to be a paedophile.

Bianca is set to return from a visit to Manchester with new beau Terry in tow.

An EastEnders spokesman said: “Terry is your typical Cockney cabbie. Definitely a bloke’s bloke, he’s never short of an entertaining story to tell about who he’s had in his cab the night before.”

Terry Alderton will start filming in September and will appear on screen in the autumn.