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EastEnders newcomer Daniel Coonan says he can’t wait to step foot in Albert Square.

The 38-year-old has been cast in the BBC soap as bad boy Carl White, Kirsty Branning’s (Kierston Wareing) loyal yet duplicitous ex-boyfriend who threatens to turns her new world upside down.

EastEnders has been a part of my life since I was 12 years old. I even remember talking about the storylines in school playgrounds in Tottenham and I am very happy and proud to now be a small part of its life,” the actor said.

Daniel, who has appeared in BBC drama Dancing On The Edge, Silent Witness and Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy, teased his new alter-ego will bring trouble to Walford.

“Expect the unexpected. He’s a very bad guy – very clever, charming, manipulative, slippery. He’s going to rub up a few characters,” he hinted.

Kirsty’s blast from the past is set to cause some trouble, especially since he’s spent time in prison with cell-mate Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman). Now out of jail, he is intent on getting his money and his woman back, although Kirsty is playing happy families with Max Branning (Jake Wood) and pretending to be pregnant with his baby.

EastEnders’ executive producer Lorraine Newman said: “It’s wonderful to have Daniel Coonan joining us in Walford to play Carl White. Oozing confidence and with a dangerous edge, will Kirsty be able to resist his bad boy charms for long or can Max save her from the lure of the dark side?”

Carl’s arrival in EastEnders will happen next month.