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Mica Paris joins EastEnders as "ruthless" Ellie Nixon

The soul singer, actress and presenter began filming scenes in summer and will be introduced when the show returns in September.

Mica Paris joins EastEnders for a stint in the show, playing Ellie Nixon. The character is being described as "a wolf in sheep’s clothing", with far more to her than her warm-hearted façade lets on. With a surprising connection to Walford residents, her prowess for playing roles in order to get what she wants isn’t to be underestimated.

Speaking about her arrival to Albert Square, Mica Paris said “I am absolutely over the moon to be in EastEnders. I have been a fan since its first episode with Susan Tully being my favourite. My character the formidable Ellie Nixon, is a new frontier for me as an actress - a lot of folks will see me as never before!”

Teasing more about the character, EastEnders' Executive Producer Jon Sen said “We’re thrilled to welcome Mica Paris to the world of Walford to play tough, no-nonsense Ellie Nixon."

"Ellie proves herself to be a ruthless and uncompromising force of nature who stops at nothing to ensure she capitalises on whatever she can."

"The part demanded both charisma and presence and having seen Mica on stage, she was the first person who came to mind for this role. We can’t wait for the audience to meet Ellie and the mystery that surrounds her.”

As one of the UK’s most respected singers, with a career full of top 10 singles, Mica has since extended her talents to broadcasting and acting. With musical theatre credits including Fame in the West End,Love Me Tender and Chicago, she’s also authored a book Beautiful Within and has been honoured as an ‘Icon’ at Windsor Castle by the Duke Of Edinburgh.

EastEnders returns Monday 7th September on BBC One

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