Sid Owen retired from acting in 2012 (Photo: BBC)

EastEnders fans will be treated to a major throwback after the iconic Patsy Palmer – aka Bianca Butcher – returns to screens.

The actress will be back in Albert Square for the first time in five years after leaving for Milton Keynes with partner Terry Spraggan and their children.

With the return of the classic character, soap fans have one question on their lips – will Sid Owen also be returning as Ricky Butcher?

Is Sid Owen returning to EastEnders?

Its unlikely Sid will be reprising his role as Ricky despite the return of the beloved Bianca.

Patsy Palmer and Sid Owen as Bianca and Ricky Butcher in EastEnders
Ricky and Biancas wedding drew in tens of millions of viewers (Photo: BBC)

The actor departed EastEnders – and retired from acting – to run a restaurant business in France, vowing to never return to the soap.

He had told The Mirror: Ive retired. Im not living permanently in France, where I have been on-and-off for the last 10 years, and Im running my restaurant.


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Im done with the UK and I hope that you will never see me on your TV screens again because Im done and Ive retired. I much prefer the lifestyle I have now.

How long did Sid Owen play Ricky Butcher?

Ricky first appeared on the scene as a schoolboy in 1988 as the son of June and Frank Butcher and brother of Janine Butcher.

SId Owen
Sid Owen first joined the soap in 1988 (Photo: BBC)

The troublesome teen decided to become a car mechanic, working in Phil and Grant Mitchells garage.

After a string of girlfriends, Ricky begins dating Bianca and the two soon become EastEnders fans favourite couple despite their tumultuous relationship.

Their wedding in 1997 pulled in over 22m viewers – one of the biggest soap audiences – however the pair split after an affair and Ricky left Walford in 2000.

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