A familiar face comes to Albert Square tonight as actor Paul Usher makes his debut in EastEnders.
Usher originally found fame in late lamented Channel 4 soap Brookside – but arrives in Walford as an associate of Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden)s called Danny Hardcastle.
The character is linked to Phils recent trips to Spain, and he owes him money – which he reminds him about in no uncertain terms on Monday night – suggesting that more trouble lies ahead for the character.
If you watched Brookside youll already be familiar with Usher – but just who did he play in that soap?
Let us offer you a brief reminder…
Who did Paul Usher play in Brookside?
The actor appeared in Brookside as one of its original characters, Barry Grant.
Barry – who was the only character to appear in both the first ever episode in November 1982 and the final ever episode in November 2003, was the eldest child of Bobby and Sheila Grant, and the older brother of Damon and Karen.
He was one of the soaps most notorious villains, being expelled from school aged 15 for attacking a group of bullies who had been picking on his best friend Terry Sullivan.
The character went on to become involved with gangsters and dodgy business dealings as well as killing Terrys wife, Sue, and her young child Danny (although he claimed it was an accident) and letting someone else take the blame.
Later on in the soap he became involved with step-cousin Lindsay Corkhill (Claire Sweeney), although that led to him becoming involved with even more heavies – and the pair had an on-off relationship, both marrying other people, before it was revealed in the final ever episode that they planned to marry.
The character took breaks from the soap over the years but the last ever episode of the show saw Lindsays dad Jimmy Corkhill going to live with Barry and Lindsay in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where the character was now living in a mansion off the proceeds of years of crime.