EastEnders fans go CRAZY after spotting THIS familiar face in last night’s episode

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From The Office to Albert Square...

EastEnders fans were over the moon last night after spotting actor Ewen MacIntosh playing a London delivery man in a scene with Ian Beale.

TV fans will know Ewen as The Office character Keith Bishop, AKA 'Big Keith', who he played alongside Ricky Gervais' legendary character, David Brent.

Ewen MacIntosh on EastEnders BBC

Eagle-eyed fans spotted actor Ewen MacIntosh playing a Walford delivery man (Picture: BBC)

But it seems Ewen has swapped Slough for Walford in his latest role - and fans couldn't be happier.

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His scene came as Ian Beale's bench that he'd ordered in memory of Sharon Watt's late teenage son, Denny, was delivered to the Square weeks ahead of schedule.

Ewen MacIntosh on EastEnders BBC

Fans were thrilled to spot Keith from The Office in EastEnders last night (Picture: BBC)

The bench, which Ian hoped would cheer his best friend up, was specially ordered in the colours of Denny's beloved football team, West Ham United.

But instead of being delivered in a few weeks when Sharon is due back from her trip to Australia, it arrived in yesterday's episode, leaving Ian annoyed.

Ewen MacIntosh on EastEnders BBC

Ian wasn't happy about his memorial bench for Denny being delivered early (Picture: BBC)

EastEnders fans took to Twitter in their droves to point out the familiar face arriving in Walford...

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Last night also saw Linda Carter and Phil Mitchell striking up an unlikely friendship as they bonded over their shared battle with booze.

The pair were seen chatting about how they both cope living with the temptation to drink hanging over them, and fans were thrilled to see the new friendship blossoming.

Linda and Phil EastEnders BBC

Linda and Phil have developed an unlikely friendship, and fans are thrilled (Picture: BBC)

The other huge drama unfolding in the Square saw Kush Kazemi struggling to cope as he tried to keep things running smoothly in the Slater house.

After realising that Jean hadn't been taking her medication for bipolar, he made the desperate decision to hide the tablets in her food.

But will his plan to help Jean work?

EastEnders will temporarily air a reduced schedule of two episodes a week. Watch on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7:30pm on BBC One. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.