After fleeing Walford back in December 2010, Peter Beale is returning to Albert Square this summer. He'll be reunited with Ian, twin-sister, Lucy and younger brother, Bobby - and looking a little different to how you may remember him...

"I'm really excited to be joining the fantastic cast of EastEnders - a show which my family have watched for years," enthused newcomer Ben Hardy, the new face of Peter. "I can't wait to step into the shoes of a character with so much history and am looking forward to getting stuck in."

So what's Peter been up to since we last saw him? Well, he's been living with his maternal grandmother in Devon after escaping there to live with Lucy and their half-sister, Cindy Junior. Peter continued his A Levels and has been living every teenager’s dream – a life of sun, sea and surf. Very nice!

But Peter’s relationship with Lucy turned sour when he started seeing her best mate, Leanne. Lucy soon called time in Devon and returned to The Square in January 2012. Now the prodigal son is returning to the family fold, grown-up, more confident and an easy match for his twin sister - but just how delighted will she be to see him?

With his sun-kissed good looks, girls can't resist Peter's charms. Luckily for them, Peter finds it hard to say no. Form an orderly queue please ladies!

"Ben's a wonderful addition to the EastEnders cast and I am sure he will be popular with the audience," EastEnders' Executive Producer Lorraine Newman told us. "Having Peter back in the Beale fold helps cement the next generation of the Beale clan, a family who exist at the true heart of the show. Ian's wonderful relationship with Denise and the inclusion of Lucy, Peter and Bobby in the household will reinvigorate the clan with vibrancy and energy. I am really looking forward to seeing them all together on screen."

Look out for the return of Peter Beale to EastEnders this July.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by danvina

    on 22 Apr 2013 09:22

    We've actually had 3 Lucy's and about to have our third Peter Beale. And we have also had two Lauren Branning's Played by Madeline Duggan and now Jacqueline Jossa, who I think is a far better actress, And they should never have brought back Daniella ( No Nose) Westbrook as Sam Mitchell. Kim Medcalf was a far better Sam. But I agree Melissa Suffield was a far better Lucy that the current one played by Hetti Bywater.

    Instead of bringing all these characters back they need to try and keep the ones they have like Jo Joyner who is now leaving for good and Scott Maslen. And they should get rid of the dead wood, like Ann Mitchell - Cora Cross ( she's terrible) Jake Wood - Max Branning ( he's boring " I love you Tanya I don't love you Tanya I love someone else, I love you Tanya) yawn yawn, and that ugly bitch Max is married to Kirsty - Kierston Wareing. Plus why the hell did they bring Leticia Dean - Sharon Rickmann back??? She can't act and will only leave again in about 6 months time. And if I here her call her son Denny one more time I'm gonna put my foot thru the TV his names DENNIS!

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by blog123

    on 20 Apr 2013 17:11

    EASTENDERS HAVE GOT IT WRONG ONCE AGAIN .THERE WAS NOTHINK WRONG WITH THE OLD LUCY AND SHE HAS BEEN REPLACED AND THERE WAS NOTHINK WRONG WITH THE OLD PETER WHY CHANGE IT. THE SHOW CANT KEEP DOING THIS JUT BECAUSE IT HAS WORKED IN THE PAST WITH PEGGY AND MARK DONT MEAN IT WILL WORK WITH EVERY CHARACTER .THE SHOW IS BECOMING A COMPLETE JOKE

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Jamous

    on 20 Apr 2013 15:35

    Originally Mark Fowler was played by David Scarboro between '85 & '87. Sadly, he took his own life off Beachy Head in April '88

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Charlypea

    on 19 Apr 2013 16:20

    In fairness, there were two Mark Fowlers, I imagine, because the first actor died. Bobby's actors have likely been changed a few times because they're so young- of course that's only speculation. Lucy Beale's last actress Melissa Suffield was axed from the show due to alleged "unruly behaviour" offset. I'm not sure but I think Peter's last actor, Thomas Law may have left over a disagreement with a story line. So, at least for the most current recasts for the twins (and for Mark and Bobby) there is something of a reasonable explanation.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by emjg

    on 19 Apr 2013 15:40

    Lucy, Peter and Ben have had more than 2 actors or actresses.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Candypop1

    on 19 Apr 2013 15:38

    Was there 2 Mark Fowlers? I didn't know that... And yh all of them are played by different actors now and by 'all of them' I mean Lucy,Peter and Bobby. I prefers the old actors tbh x

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Toxic77rose

    on 19 Apr 2013 11:22

    What was wrong with the last actor who played Peter Beale? What is wrong with using the same actors. We had 2 Mark Fowler's, 2 Sam Mitchell's, 2 Ben Mitchell's, 2 Steven Beale's and 2 Lucy Beale's. It is understandable that some actor/actresses have been in the media for the wrong reasons and needed to be replaced before doing damage to the shows reputation. But some actor replacements are just plain stupid. I'm sure the newcomers joining the show are fine actors. But the original Ben Mitchell (Charlie Jones) and Peter Beale (Thomas Law) were fine actors too and did their characters proud. So why have they/are they being replaced???

    With the newcomers, comes a new take on their characters. People change for sure, but some Eastenders have changed beyond belief.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Samuel Shoesmith

    on 19 Apr 2013 09:09

    Peter, the Devon sun has really changed you!

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