Karl Howman is set to appear in EastEnders, it has been announced.

The cockney actor, who famously played Jacko in BBC1 comedy Brush Strokes, will arrive in Walford later this year, but for the moment EastEnders bosses are remaining tight-lipped on which character he’ll be playing…

“It is an honour to have joined such an iconic show as EastEnders and I’ve received such a lovely welcome from all involved,” said Karl, who is also a keen Charlton Athletic football supporter. “They’re truly one big family with a work ethic to be in awe of. The twists and turns, character and plots that are coming make it all the more exciting for me.”

An EastEnders spokesperson teased: “Since the moment Karl arrived, it was like he has been here for years. There’s a lot in store for his character; he’s playing a loveable rogue but there seems to be a lot more to him than meets the eye.”

Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is over the moon to have brought Karl to his close-knit cast.

“We have been trying to get the brilliant Karl Howman to join EastEnders for a very long time – and it’s fantastic that it’s finally happened.

“An authentic Londoner with grit, sparkle and a touch of danger, Karl is the perfect fit for this new character, whose appearance on the Square will open old wounds and reignite old passions…”