Matt Di Angelo returns to 'Eastenders' as Deano Wicks!

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Matt Di Angelo is set to return to Eastenders as Deano Wicks. The actor who last appeared in the BBC1 soap in February 2008 will return to the square later this year to join his mother Shirley (Linda Henry).

The actor will return to filming in February where he will film Deano's return to Walford. Shirley believes that her estranged son is working in Australia in a bar but viewers will discover that Deano is now going by the name of Dean and is much closer to home than Shirley thought when her father Stan (Timothy West) arrives in Walford.

Speaking of his return to the show, Di Angelo said: ''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, Eastenders' executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: ''Matt is a gorgeous, charming, talented actor and it's fantastic that he's agreed to come back to the Square. Deano left angry with his mother. The Dean who returns is angrier. Shirley has been secretly hoping for her son's return. Let's hope she doesn't regret that."

Di Angelo has starred in a number of drama series since leaving Eastenders including HustleBorgia and Death In Paradise.