EastEnders character Masood Ahmed is returning to Albert Square a year after leaving to return to his family in Pakistan.
Nitin Ganatra has signed up to reprise his role as Masood later this year as a way to settle brand new members of the Ahmed family in Walford, with none of the established family returning.
“It was a lovely surprise to be asked back to EastEnders so soon after I left,” Nitin said in a statement.
He continued: “I was bowled over. When I was told Masood has still much to give to the show and is missed by the audience, it was hard to refuse.
“It is with great pride that I will grow my Masood goatee once again to help create and base an extended family around him. Exciting days to come Walford with Masood back on the Square.”
Viewers last saw Masood setting him off to reunite with estranged wife Zainab (Nina Wadia) in Pakistan.
His return has been announced just one day after EastEnders revealed Harry Reid will bow out as Ben Mitchell.
Casting is underway for Masood’s extended family and will be announced in due course.
EastEnders airs weeknights at 7.30pm on BBC One.