EastEnders’ Richard Blackwood to search for love in First Dates celebrity special

Richard Blackwood
Singer and comedian Richard Blackwood attending The Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Odeon cinema, in London's Leicester Square. 12/03/01: Blackwood is teaming up with police to help educate people about their stop and search rights. * Together with Gurbux Singh, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Blackwood was supporting a publicity drive by the Association of Police Authorities. The campaign - Stop and Search, Know your Rights - follows a recommendation in the report into the death of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered by racists in London in 1993. (Image credit: EMPICS Sports Photo Agency)

Richard Blackwood will join a string of famous faces hoping to meet their match on a celebrity special of First Dates

EastEnders star Richard Blackwood will appear on the Channel 4 dating show First Dates next month as he attempts to find love in celebrity episode.

Richard, 44, who stars in EastEnders as reformed bad boy Vincent Hubbard, will feature in one of four planned specials.

Richard will appear alongside TOWIE star Jess Wright, Gogglebox's Scarlett Moffatt, TV star Esther Rantzen and Paralympian Will Bayley, who will each attempt to meet the man or woman of their dreams as part of the televised blind date.

Scarlett Moffatt, First Dates, Gogglebox

Scarlett is looking for a boyfriend on a First Dates special (Photo by Steve Meddle/REX)


Kellie Maloney, formerly boxing ace Frank Maloney, was also set to star but her segment was axed when it was claimed her date felt "uncomfortable" with her being transgender.

The Express reports that the show's executive producer, Nicola Lloyd, said of the upcoming series: "We're hugely excited about the new series of First Dates.

"It never seems to matter who walks through the doors of the First Dates restaurant, regardless of status we're all vulnerable human beings and our celebrity series confirms this."

She added: "We're proud to be able to maintain the emotional integrity of the series through these four unique celebrity episodes.

"Be prepared for some romantic matches alongside a few awkward encounter."

Richard will appear on First Dates on Channel 4, Friday, July 8, 9.00pm.