EastEnders sign Adrian Edmondson up as 'new love interest' for Jean Slater this summer

Adrian Edmondson, who's joining EastEnders
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The Young Ones legend has already started filming

Adrian Edmondson is to play charmer Daniel Cook who’s set to whisk Jean Slater off her feet in EastEnders, it’s been revealed.

The 62-year-old actor, whose long CV includes The Young Ones, Bottom and Blackadder, will come into the soap as a new love interest for Jean in the summer.

EastEnders say Daniel possesses a “wicked sense of humour” and is “the perfect antidote for Jean as she continues her treatment for ovarian cancer”.

But it seems Jean, who recently talked her son Sean Slater out of taking his own life, doesn’t initially take to Daniel as she’s unsure of him. However, Jean soon warms to Daniel and the pair could be heading for love…

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After all the recent drama with Sean Slater (Rob Kazinsky) and her continuing cancer battle, Jean (Gillian Wright) is set for some light relief in the shape of Daniel (Adrian Edmondson)

Talking about playing Daniel, Adrian said: “There were only fifteen 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! The other two being Tom Watt (Lofty Holloway) and Paul Bradley (Nigel Bates)”.

EastEnders executive producer Jon Sen added: “Adrian’s a phenomenal talent who will bring his unique blend of intelligence, warmth and humour to the role of Daniel. We’re all over the moon he’s coming to Walford and can’t wait for this love story to hit screens later this year.”

Adrian has already started filming. The hugely popular star, who's married to comedian Jennifer Saunders, shot to fame in the 1980s as Vyvyan in  comedy series The Young Ones. While more recently he appeared in the ITV drama Cheat alongside former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly and the lavish BBC costume drama War and Peace.

EastEnders continues on BBC1.

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