Usually cabs feature in EastEnders when a character bids farewell to Walford, but this time it's a cabbie that's joining the ranks of Walford's finest.

Fresh from the stage at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, comedian Terry Alderton will be joining the cast of EastEnders as Bianca Butcher's new taxi-driving love interest.

Having spent time away in Manchester, a smitten Bianca returns to Albert Square in the autumn, with new beau Terry Spraggan in tow.

 “I’m still in shock, it’s all happened so fast," revealed Terry. "I can’t wait to get started and I love the fact I don’t have to change my name!”

Terry is your typical Cockney cabbie. Definitely a bloke’s bloke, he’s never short of an entertaining story to tell about who he’s had in his cab the night before.

Dad Terry is certainly going to put the spring back into Bianca’s step, having not had a serious relationship since divorcing Ricky, for the second time, in 2010, and whose recent attempts at dating have not gone well.

Award-winning comedian Terry Alderton is currently appearing in his own show at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as in a new adaptation of the Stephen King classic The Shawshank Redemption. A former Southend United footballer, presenter and actor, Terry’s credits include BBC’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Holby City and the final series of London’s Burning, playing firefighter Charlie Mead.

Terry will start filming in September and his first episodes can be seen on BBC One this autumn.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Bumble

    on 2 Sept 2013 11:52

    Looking forward to some more cheer in Eastenders - bring back the fun characters , saw the real Gary in Puerto Banus and said they should bring you back , he was lovely and posed for a photo

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by MonteJ

    on 1 Sept 2013 12:38

    As a brain-washed American, I saw this picture and was instantly scared. My brain said "He's a bad guy." It took me a second to make the connection but he resembles Jared Lee Loughner (google him).

    SOOOOOOO excited for Bianca to be back! I loved her. My wish for Bianca though, is that she wouldn't NEED a man, and that she could somehow get herself together and make a happy life for her kids without another Mr.Soon-to-be-Gone-Daddy.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Bumble

    on 31 Aug 2013 16:34

    Bring back Gary , surely time for him to return from Spain and cheer us all up ?

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Pagan Lyle

    on 24 Aug 2013 20:28

    I guess we need to prepare for hearing the famous shouting of the name "RICKAAAAYYY!" returning but with "TERRRAAAYYYYY" instead. The same voice of Bianca shouting it though, obviously.
    As a sidenote, I always found it mildly amusing that Bianca shouted Ricky in almost the exact same way as Frank did.... except for the deep voice.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by moonlove

    on 24 Aug 2013 13:54

    finaly a good thing for Bianca.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by blog123

    on 23 Aug 2013 09:39

    JEastment26 lets hope that don't happen because I am fed up of all the affairs aswell .I think it's good Bianca is going to find somebody .I look forward to seeing what the character is like . I wonder if Bianca will shout out TERRY now like she did RICKY .

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by JEastment26

    on 23 Aug 2013 09:14

    I'll guess what will happen in this relationship...They would get into a argument over something stupid, leading to either one of them will cheat on the other and they would break up. Possible there could be a marriage before the affair.
    It's just the typical relationship circle of eastenders. Hope that this one will be different now Dominic Treadwell-Collins is back...

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by dazman

    on 23 Aug 2013 07:45

    Sounds like a good addition to the cast!

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