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"The status quo in the Square is about to be well and truly shaken…” East Enders's 30th birthday is to be marked with a week of episodes that will all feature live elements, with the anniversary date itself - 19 February - boasting a full 30-minute live episode.
Past stars Barbara Windsor and Jo Joyner are also set to feature during the week.
The Lichfield MP was first elected in 1992 and has been a party whip as well as a former Tory vice chairman. I'm doing it for charity and Cancer Research UK will receive £25,000.
"East Enders is a show I've grown up watching so to film on Albert Square is something I'll never get used to," Blackwood said.
Eastenders' executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins said of the show's new signing: "Richard Blackwood has always been on our East Enders wishlist – and now the perfect part has come along.
Richard’s an authentic Londoner and a terrific actor, bringing with him warmth, humour and energy which will add so many layers to this 21st century East Enders villain.
The following year, he played the role of Donkey in the West End production of Shrek the Musical alongside Amanda Holden, Nigel Lindsay and Nigel Harman.
The production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.