EastEnders will be welcoming back an icon later this year when the renowned Lord Michael Cashman briefly reprises his role as Colin Russell.
Lord Cashman, who co-founded the charity Stonewall in 1989 and was its founding chair, made his first appearance as Colin on EastEnders back in 1986 and quickly became one of the Square’s most popular residents. Long-time viewers will remember his character made a huge impact after being involved in one of the programme’s most discussed stories at the time which saw the first gay kiss on a British soap opera.
“It was a real joy, indeed a privilege, to return to my old home of Albert Square," Lord Cashman told us. "To be amongst so many friends again, and to be back in the place where 30 years ago I started an amazing journey. An amazing journey which incredibly helped to change the country, and certainly its attitude to lesbian gay and bisexual people. Arguably without EastEnders I would never have gone into politics; I would not have been one of the founders of Stonewall and its founding chair, and I would never have ended up where I am now.
"As Shakespeare would have said by returning to where it all started 'the wheel has turned full circle'", he added. "And the exquisite joy of having my scenes with the incredible ‘Dame' June Brown was a bonus beyond anything else."
Lord Michael Cashman will will appear in two episodes next month.