Later this Summer, Sean Mahon will joining the cast of EastEnders to play Ray Kelly, the charming and mysterious ex-husband of Mel Owen and step-dad to her son, Hunter.
Ray has been described as a serial risk-taker and expert liar who certainly has the gift of the gab when it comes to getting what he wants. And with Mel swerving questions about him and being very reluctant to call him for help, Ray is clearly the last person Mel will want to see in Walford.
Viewers have already met Ray’s sister Ciara, ex-wife of the Irish gangster Aidan Maguire, suggesting a chequered past.
With Hunter making secret contact with his step-dad and admitting he thinks Jack isn’t good enough for his mum it’s clear he idolises Ray, but why has he suddenly arrived, and what will it mean for Mel and Jack?
It’s safe to say, the residents of Walford shouldn’t be fooled by Ray’s slick exterior as a man who thrives on danger and who cannot be trusted is lurking underneath.
Speaking about joining EastEnders, Sean said “I remember watching the very first episode of EastEnders back in 1985, little did I think I would be roaming the streets of Walford and hanging out at The Queen Vic all these years later.
I’m so happy to join such an incredibly hard-working and talented team and I’m very much looking forward to playing out the drama that inevitably ensues on any given day in Albert Square.
My character, Ray Kelly is not one to tread lightly and his arrival to the Square will cause shockwaves for many of the residents… it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Executive Consultant John Yorke added “Sean is both a wonderful actor and a delight to work with. His character brings to the show some very big secrets and we can’t wait to watch them explode.”
Sean has started filming and will appear on-screen later this summer.