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article imageMatt Di Angelo returns to EastEnders

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jan 15, 2014 in Entertainment
Matt Di Angelo is to return to "EastEnders," the BBC’s longrunning soap opera, to reprise the role he left six years ago.
Matt Di Angelo played Deano Wicks — the son of longstanding character Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) — for two years, from 2006 to 2008.
According to Radio Times, he will be involved in a story line that “will have ‘huge implications’ for [his] estranged mum […] and the rest of the Carter clan.”
“Believing that [Deano] is working in a bar in Australia, Shirley is shocked when her father, Stan (Timothy West), informs her that her son is now going by the name 'Dean' and is actually a lot closer to home,” Radio Times continues.
Prior to becoming a professional actor, Di Angelo studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. His TV debut was in 2000, when he appeared in an episode of the Dorset-set BBC drama series, Harbour Lights. However, he was working in a shoe shop when, at the age of 18, he first won the EastEnders ’ role.
Matt Di Angelo
Matt Di Angelo
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Since leaving the soap, he has had starring roles in Hustle (as Sean Kennedy) and Borgia (as Cardinal Francesco Alidosi). To Doctor Who fans, meanwhile, he is remembered for taking on the role of Fitz Kreiner — a long-running companion to the Doctor in the BBC range of novels based on the TV sci-fi series — for the Big Finish audio drama, The Company of Friends.
His film roles include the lead, Brad Walker, in the 2012 British crime thriller, Two Days in the Smoke, directed by Ben Pickering.
Ahead of his return to the part that made him a household name, Di Angelo commented, “It’s such an exciting time for the show and the Carter/Wicks family that I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reprise the role of Dean! I’m looking forward to getting back on the Square.”
Meanwhile, as reported by Digital Spy, Dominic Treadwell-Collins (executive producer of EastEnders) praised Di Angelo, saying, “Matt is a gorgeous, charming, talented actor and it’s fantastic that he’s agreed to come back to the Square.” And, of the forthcoming plot involving him, Treadwell-Collins revealed, “Deano left, angry with his mother [and the] Dean who returns is angrier. Shirley has been secretly hoping for her son’s return. Let’s hope she doesn’t regret that.”
Linda Henry made her EastEnders ’ debut as Shirley Wicks in December 2006; although she’d previously played Lorraine Salter, a prostitute some 15 years earlier, from 1991 to 1992. Henry has also appeared as Shirley in EastEnders: E20, the BBC’s Internet spin-off series. Prior to EastEnders, Henry was best known for her role as Sandra in the Jonathan Harvey-scripted film Beautiful Thing (1996).
EastEnders: Shirley Carter (Linda Henry)
EastEnders: Shirley Carter (Linda Henry)
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The Carter Family
Shirley has been at the heart of an ongoing storyline involving her 17-year-old nephew, Johnny Carter — played by Sam Strike — and his family. The Carters arrived in Walford on Christmas Day, to take over the running of Albert Square’s Queen Vic pub and, earlier this month, Johnny came out as gay to his father, Mick, who is played by Danny Dyer.
It is understood that Di Angelo will start filming for EastEnders in February, for broadcast later this year.
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