SHANE Richie has been pictured on the EastEnders set sharing a joke with Jessie Wallace ahead of his big return as Alfie Moon.
The 54-year-old actor was seen carrying his script as he chatted and laughed with Jessie, who plays his on-screen sparring partner Kat Slater.
Shane wore black trousers and a black jacket as he waited to film his scenes, but one of Alfie’s trademark bold shirts was visible underneath.
The star covered his eyes with a pair of mirrored sunglasses as he stood alongside Jessie, 46, who wore a black top and wide-legged floral trousers.
Jessie returned to Albert Square earlier this year alongside other members of the Slater family, and Shane made a brief reappearance as Alfie in May after he was revealed to be the secret lover of Hayley Slater.
In a double bombshell, Alfie discovered he is the father of Hayley’s unborn child, which isn’t going to go down well with on-off missus Kat.
The couple left Walford in January 2016 after returning for a short stint following their departure in May 2015.
The characters then appeared in spin-off show Kat & Alfie: Redwater in May last year, but it failed to impress viewers.
His return in May proved to be a huge shock to viewers, and Shane admitted even his close friends and family didn’t know he was making a soap comeback.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain in May, he said: “No-one saw it coming, did they? My mum, bless her, rang me last night, ‘Shane I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!’
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“I was snuck in, I couldn’t even tell Jessie, who’s one of my best friends. Nobody guessed!
“I was kind of locked in the dressing room and none of the cast knew.”
Shane will be back on screen as Alfie in the coming weeks.
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