Busted star Matt Willis to play Stacey's boyfriend

Pop star and TV presenter Matt Willis is adding another string to his bow - actor - as he prepares to star in EastEnders.

Matt will soon start filming a short-term role as Stacey Branning's boyfriend Luke and will appear in EastEnders in early 2014.

Speaking about joining EastEnders Matt Willis said: "I am so thrilled to be a part of such an iconic show. I grew up watching EastEnders so this is really exciting for me."

The EastEnders press office says that Luke is an ambitious young man who is deeply in love and devoted to his girlfriend. Currently working hard in the City, Luke is determined to build a secure life for him and his family, but as drama always seems to follow Stacey wherever she goes, things will not be plain sailing for the duo...

EastEnders Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added: “I’ve always loved Matt and it will be a real treat for viewers to watch him and Lacey together on screen as part of her return to the Square. Luke gives as good as he gets, so is a great foil to Stacey. Pity she’s been lying to him since the day she met him!”

Best known for being part of the award winning band, Busted, who have now merged with McFly to form McBusted, Matt also won I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2009 and has appeared on TV and in theatre in Wicked, Footloose, Miss Marple and, soon, Birds of a Feather


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