EastEnders’ tearaway Peter Beale is set to return to Albert Square, played by new actor Ben Hardy.

Peter left Walford in December 2010 after a row with dad Ian, and has been living with his maternal grandmother in Devon and his half-sister, Cindy Junior.

Peter will be reunited with Ian, twin sister Lucy and younger brother Bobby when he returns in July. But while they were away in Devon, he and Lucy have fallen out when he started seeing her best mate, Leanne.

Ben, the sixth actor to play 19-year-old Peter said: “I’m really excited to be joining the fantastic cast of EastEnders – a show which my family have watched for years. I can’t wait to step into the shoes of a character with so much history and am looking forward to getting stuck in.”

Peter is expected to be a hit with the ladies, but twin Lucy will not be happy to see him.

EastEnders’ executive producer Lorraine Newman told the EastEnders website: “Ben’s a wonderful addition to the EastEnders cast and I am sure he will be popular with the audience.

“Having Peter back in the Beale fold helps cement the next generation of the Beale clan, a family who exist at the true heart of the show. Ian’s wonderful relationship with Denise and the inclusion of Lucy, Peter and Bobby in the household will reinvigorate the clan with vibrancy and energy. I am really looking forward to seeing them all together on screen.”