Former Holby City actor Adrian Edmondson joins the cast of EastEnders.

His character will play love interest for Jean Slater.

The EastEnders Twitter account revealed his character is “charming and with a wicked sense of humour” and will be a love interest for Jean Slater, played by Gillian Wright.

Producers said the character would be “the perfect antidote for Jean as she continues her treatment for ovarian cancer”.

Edmondson said he was delighting to be joining the soap. “There were only 15 boys on my drama course at Manchester Uni, and I’ll be the third to appear in EastEnders – so I feel it’s a kind of tradition.”