Shane Richie lured back to EastEnders with promise to play ‘old Alfie’

Shane Richie said he’s going back to Walford as his favorite Alfie – “the guy who took care of his Nana Moon, wore his heart on his sleeve and tried to clear things up” .

the actor, who celebrates 20 years since he first appeared in the series in November, said he liked the character the most during his first three years on the BBC channel.

Richie talked about how he was drawn back to the role with the promise of playing the “old Alfie”.

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Shane Richie as Alfie Moon (BBC/PA)

He said: “I was playing the drag queen and I got the phone and he (executive producer Chris Clenshaw) sold it to me.

“He said he wanted the old Alfie. Over the years there have been many different Alfies and my favorite was from 2002 to 2005 and it was the Alfie that we got back.

“Chris is the tool that tells me the long story line with Alfie, old Alfie, the guy who takes care of his Nana Moon, has his heart on his sleeve and tries to clear things up but still with innocence. and your own innocence. misunderstand.

“The movie only works on a show like this if you get the light and the shade – I’m happy to come and bring the light.

“I’m happy to come and play the joker because it means the drama is so much bigger.”

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Alfie Moon surprises Kat Slater on her wedding day (BBC/PA)

The 58-year-old is heading back to Albert Square when his character tries to rekindle his romance with Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace.

He will return to TV screens on September 12, the day of Kat’s marriage to Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden.

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Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said: “I think it’s inevitable. Phil and Kat are together. Alfie was the love of Kat’s life so we had to bring him back on their wedding day.

“He’s the old Alfie, a lovely delinquent. He makes a lot of mistakes but he always has good intentions.

“Even if we didn’t tell this story, I probably think I’ve found a way to bring Alfie back. I love Alfie, an iconic character. It’s been 20 years this year.”

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Kat Slater and Phil Mitchell (BBC/PA)

Alfie and Kat’s fiery relationship was at the center of many major stories but their union abruptly ended in 2018 when it was discovered that Alfie had secretly fathered a son with cousin Hayley.

Moon decided to run away from Walford in January 2019, becoming an enemy of Phil in the process.

“Twenty years ago, the whole thing about Kat and Alfie was purely coincidental,” says Richie.

“When I showed up 20 years ago, they would create a graduation story with Alfie and Peggy and then Jessie and I had a good laugh and the writers saw this chemistry.

“Alfie is still burning candles. He’s trying to convince Kat that she feels the same way. Myself and Jessie, when we worked together, we had a relationship. “

Moon first appeared on EastEnders in November 2002 and is at the center of a storyline about dementia, death in a crib, and infidelity.

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