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EastEnders murderer Lucas Johnson set for comeback as Don Gilet reprises role

EastEnders bosses have revealed that soap villain Lucas Johnson is making a comeback as actor Don Gilet returns to the BBC soap.

The murderous character will return to Walford later this year, and is set to turn ex wife Denise Fox's world upside down once again.

Lucas is currently in prison serving a life sentence after murdering five people in his dramatic time on the programme.

The character was last seen in 2016 when he tried to escape from behind bars.

First arriving to Albert Square in 2008 when his daughter Chelsea tracked him down, they discovered he'd found Christianity after a troubled past with addiction.

Rekindling their relationship, Lucas was the picture perfect family man, until Denise and Lucas got engaged and things took a menacing turn.

Lucas' evil ways were first shown when he left his ex-Trina to die, with Denise's ex-Owen tragically also becoming collateral damage in a memorable episode ending in Denise and Lucas exchanging vows.

When Denise found out the truth, Lucas' scheming went to another level as he framed Denise for the murders and faked her suicide.

He had been keeping Denise hostage in the derelict basement next door before he was finally arrested.

Lucas' return to EastEnders is sure to cause shockwaves amongst Albert Square residents, but viewers will have to wait and see if he's a changed man after prison.

EastEnders' official Twitter account shared a tweet with their 2.4million followers saying: "Don Gilet is returning to Walford as one of E20's most notorious bad guys, Lucas Johnson, later in the year. Four years after he left The Square his comeback is set to cause shockwaves amongst the residents. Has his time inside done him any good?"

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Don Gilet said: "I'm thrilled and honoured to be asked to breathe life once again into such a complex, controversial and divisive character but, most importantly, to have another opportunity to work alongside one of the UK’s finest actors, Diane Parish. I feel blessed."

Executive Producer of EastEnders Jon Sen said: "Bringing back Don to the Square has been on our wish list for some time now as there’s definitely some unfinished business with Lucas and he certainly hasn’t let Denise go. His reign of terror put him firmly up there with Walford’s biggest villains and I can’t wait for audiences to watch his return unfold."

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One.

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