Tony O’Callaghan and Tessa Wyatt to guest star in EastEnders

Ello, ello, ello, what's going on 'ere then? We recognise this fella. It's Tony O'Callaghan, aka Sergeant Boyden from The Bill! It seems he’s been caught red handed... as Jean Slater's new love interest! It's about time she had some romance in her life and it seems that's exactly what she'll get in the form of fellow gardening enthusiast, Ollie Walters.

They meet in the less than romantic location of the allotment where, let it be said, that it's not exactly love at first sight. In fact, as their eyes meet over an overgrown cabbage patch, they get off to a rather rocky start. However love soon blossoms like a weeds taking over a flowerbed. Has Jean found her happy ever after or is it a disaster waiting to happen?

Tony commented: "I am very excited to be joining a show with as much prestige as EastEnders and I'm looking forward to portraying the nice side and humour of Ollie."

And Jean's not the only one hooking up in The Square. Cora finds herself quick-stepped out the way by Patrick’s new dance partner and companion, Betty, played by Tessa Wyatt. You may recognise Tessa from programmes such as Robin's Nest, Casualty, Peep Show and Doctors.

It seems whilst Cora's been focusing on her family problems, Patrick's been feeling neglected. Not one to sit around feeling sorry for himself (except when he's had a nasty fall and quickly hones his bell-ringing technique!) he seeks out some fun and laughter in the shape of Betty. Needless to say Cora and Betty immediately lock horns, forcing Patrick to choose between the two women in his life. Who will he choose?

Ollie and Betty will be arriving in Walford in early June.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Adrienne

    on 26 Jun 2013 06:42

    it's not real. I mean, I love the show, but I think it must be doing all our heads in. :(

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by eastenderslover118

    on 23 Jun 2013 23:53

    Jean is a great actress, and does need a new storyline, she performed very well with the whole Micheal storyline and it was the first time in ages I was engaged with her character, she needs to be given a great storyline, so I hope this works out for her character.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by hoopshank

    on 18 Jun 2013 19:34

    Dexter is surely the gay character waiting to be discovered - I'm convinced of that. And Danny Pennant (the businessman who had the affair with Said and more recently opened Ian's new restaurant) is a soon-to-return gay character.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by lolagnat

    on 17 Jun 2013 16:30

    I don't see why they have to make Peter gay, just because their gay characters left.
    They can cast new gay characters as they need new people in the square or surprise they don't have to have any gay characters at all.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by dazman

    on 17 Jun 2013 15:15

    About time they had some older characters!

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Lewis Foster

    on 16 Jun 2013 06:30

    having watched EE for so long, and seeing how the formula doesn't change. Peter hasn't been open much about his time away, plus mystery phone call. He has to be the next gay on the square. I'm sure Danny is going to be his interest. Glad to see there will be more of the mature actors on screen again!!

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by eastendersfan

    on 14 Jun 2013 15:02

    shame they won't be staying as regular cast members

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Melissa Briggs

    on 13 Jun 2013 11:56

    That is so lovely that Jean is finally going to have some fun she is my favorite! who is Ollie and Bety

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by blog123

    on 13 Jun 2013 11:30

    Ardelle good thinking about Peter you could be right there as he apparently is holding back a big secret at the moment .and lisopaine I also agree with you bring Joey and alice's mum to the show or get rid of the characters because they have no real purpose now derrick has died.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by kathleen steeper

    on 13 Jun 2013 11:24

    yer its time jean had some happiness hope it last tho she is a great person with a great heart

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