Grantchester actor Ross Boatman joins the EastEnders cast as family man Harvey

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Actor Ross Boatman is joining the cast of EastEnders this summer as Walford’s new guy Harvey Monroe.

Ross will take on the role of family man and single dad Harvey, whose daughter Dana is already familiar with Albert Square’s Bobby Beale.

But what will “traditional” and “fiercely protective” Harvey, who's determined to protect his daughter at all costs, make of Dana and Bobby’s blossoming relationship?

Speaking about landing the role, Ross said it’s a real dream come true, having dreamt of appearing on the BBC One soap all his career.

The 57-year-old star explained: “Some actors long for all the glamour of the Hollywood hills. Others dream about the bright lights of London’s West End.”

He continued: “All I ever wanted was jellied eels, Albert Square and cheeky pint at The Queen Vic.”

Ross added: “Words can hardly express how happy and excited I am to be here at last. I absolutely love the show and can’t wait to get started. I feel truly blessed.”

While the show’s Executive Producer, Jon Sen, said Harvey is going to make a big impact from his very first scene.

He teased: “We can’t wait for Ross to join us in Albert Square as Harvey. He’s perfect to play the affable father to Dana who’s over the moon his daughter’s found a match in Bobby.”

Jon continued: “But secrets aren’t likely to stay hidden on the Square so Bobby’s attempts at re-invention may well be futile.”

“We’re looking forward to Harvey’s arrival, he’ll certainly shake up the Beale family dynamics.”

TV fans will already be familiar with Ross from shows like London’s Burning in which he played firefighter Kevin Medhurst.

He’s since gone on to star in countless other popular programmes on the box, as his CV also includes The Bill, Holby City and Casualty.

Most recently, he starred as hapless Derek in BBC Comedy Mum and Vic Morgan in ITV’s long-running show Grantchester.

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One

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