'This Life's Steve John Shepherd joins 'EastEnders'

Wednesday July 28, 2010

Albert Square is getting a new Moon.

Steve John Shepherd is joining the cast of EastEnders' as a relative of Alfie Moon – the pub landlord played by Shane Richie.

Steve – who is best known for his role as solicitors' clerk Jo in cult Nineties legal drama This Life - will portray Michael Moon.

He described his character as just like Alfie but with "a more manipulative streak and competitive nature".

"On the surface he is a loveable, cheeky chappy but he has hidden depths, which will be exciting to explore."

Alfie is returning with his lover Kat Slater - Jessie Wallace in real life – after an absence of five years.

The on-screen couple left Walford on Christmas Day 2005 when their characters were seen leaving to explore the US.

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