Is Shane Richie returning to EastEnders as Alfie Moon?

SHANE Richie is best known for playing legendary EastEnders character Alfie Moon.

And now the actor – who played Alfie for 17 years – has hinted there’s a possibility his character may return to Walford.

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Is Alfie Moon returning to EastEnders?

Shane, who is currently settling into his new home in the ruins of Welsh Gwrych Castle in I’m A Celebrity, said he would consider a return to EastEnders.

He revealed: "I could well go back to EastEnders but I am not sure when exactly that’s going to be. In Reigate, where I live, they don’t watch EastEnders. I don’t think people in Surrey full stop watch EastEnders. 

"But it is amazing how people think that I am still in it. I think because they are talking about Alfie in the show that people assume I am still in it and people are always nice."

Shane first appeared on the soap in 2002 and left on Christmas Day in 2005.

He had another beloved spell on our screens in 2010 following the return of his onscreen wife Kat Slater, before departing again in 2016.

Alfie made a brief return in May 2018 to meet up with Kat’s cousin Hayley, who told him she was carrying his baby after their one-night stand, and became embroiled in a dramatic plot that saw him kidnap the newborn. 

What was Alfie Moon’s exit storyline?

Alfie was last seen in Walford last year after staging his own death to escape the mountain of debt he had accrued. 

After scamming Phil Mitchell out of £50k, he then went on the run in Spain, leaving Kat in debt to the Mitchell hard man.

Actor Shane recently teased his character Alfie would send his estranged wife Kat a letter.

Speaking ahead of his stint on I’m A Celebrity, Shane explained that Alfie is still alive and on the run in Spain – still owing a lot of cash to Phil.

He revealed: “What is interesting is Jessie said the other week they got a letter from him, so they still talk about him. 

Might the letter pave the way for Alfie’s return?

Viewers will have to tune in to find out.

What do fans think about Alfie’s possible return?

Viewers watching Shane on I’m A Celebrity have flocked to Twitter, expressing their desire for the actor to return to the soap one day.

One fan said: "Talking about how he got the role of Alfie. So inspiring. I really hope he returns someday. You can tell he'll always be grateful to #EastEnders. "

Another added: "As much as I hate Alfie Moon, I do think a return from his is WAYYYYY overdue, his last appearance left more unanswered questions from what I remember #EastEnders."

A third viewer said: "I want Alfie moon to return to take over the queen vic again or maybe phil Mitchell I don’t know #EastEnders."

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