EastEnders has announced that Steve John Shepherd will play Alfie Moon’s cousin, Michael, starting this autumn.

The former This Life star will turn up in Albert Square soon after Alfie, played by Shane Richie, himself returns.

Regarding his arrival in Albert Square, Steve said: “I can vividly remember watching the first ever episode of EastEnders and I’m very excited to be joining such a fantastic and iconic programme.

“Michael Moon will be an exciting character to play – on the surface he a loveable, cheeky chappy, but underneath he has hidden depths which will be exciting to explore.”

Producers say Michael Moon is a cheeky chap with a silver tongue who loves a lot of female attention, much like his older cousin Alfie. However, Michael has a slightly more manipulative streak and a competitive nature which means he doesn’t think twice about screwing people over – even those he loves.

EastEnders boss Bryan Kirkwood said: “I’ve been a fan of Steve John Shepherd’s work for years. He’s a fantastic signing for EastEnders, an exciting addition to the Moon family, and is set to cause a big splash in Albert Square from the moment he arrives.”

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