EastEnders’ Shane Richie appears lost in thought on solo shopping trip amid soap comeback

It was recently revealed that he was set to reprise his role as Alfie Moon in EastEnders.

And ahead of his return to the BBC soap opera, Shane Richie appeared lost in thought on Thursday as he stepped out on a solo shopping trip to London.

The actor, 58, kept things casual for his outing, donning a black jumper which he teamed with a pair of dark gray shorts and gray slip-on sneakers.

Penny for them? Ahead of his return to the BBC soap opera, Shane Richie appeared lost in thought on Thursday as he stepped out on a solo shopping trip to London

Shane added a pair of blue-tinted sunglasses to her casual look and carried her essentials in a black shoulder bag.

The entertainer, who recently celebrated the wedding of his son Shane Jr over the weekend, looked lost in thought as he walked out of a store with shopping bags in his hand.

It comes after it was confirmed on Friday that Shane would return to EastEnders as Alfie in scenes set to air in the fall.

He is back!  It was recently revealed that Shane was set to reprise his role as Alfie Moon in EastEnders

He is back! It was recently revealed that Shane was set to reprise his role as Alfie Moon in EastEnders

The legendary character, who first appeared in the soap opera in November 2002, decided to flee Walford in January 2019.

His return to Albert Square will cause friction with his ex-wife, Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace – whose “future on the soap opera is secure” despite the actress’ arrest in June.

The couple’s fiery relationship came to an abrupt end in 2018 when it emerged that Alfie had secretly fathered a son with his cousin Hayley – leading to their divorce.

Low-key look: The actor, 58, kept things casual for his outing, donning a black jumper which he teamed with a pair of dark gray shorts and gray slip-on sneakers

Low-key look: The actor, 58, kept things casual for his outing, donning a black jumper which he teamed with a pair of dark gray shorts and gray slip-on sneakers

Laid back: Shane added a pair of blue shades to her off-duty look and carried her essentials in a black shoulder bag

Outside: The TV star enjoyed the sunshine during her low-key outing

Laid back: Shane added a pair of blue shades to her off-duty look and carried her essentials in a black shoulder bag

He's leaving: The artist, who recently celebrated the wedding of his son Shane Jr this weekend, looked lost in his own thoughts as he left a store with shopping bags to the hand

He’s leaving: The artist, who recently celebrated the wedding of his son Shane Jr this weekend, looked lost in his own thoughts as he left a store with shopping bags to the hand

Show bosses are encouraging viewers to look for clues about his return in the coming days.

Speaking of his comeback, Shane said: “It is an absolute honor and privilege to be invited back to my Albert Square TV home.”

He continued, “I can’t wait to reunite with old castmates and meet new ones.

Drama: Alfie's return to Albert Square will cause friction with his ex-wife, Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace - whose

Drama: Alfie’s return to Albert Square will cause friction with his ex-wife, Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace – whose ‘future is secure’ despite the actress’ arrest in June

‘New executive producer Chris Clenshaw has been instrumental in bringing Alfie Moon back with some wonderful storylines…and who am I to say no?! I can not wait.’

Executive producer Chris added: ‘Shane Richie has created one of soap’s most iconic, lovable and memorable characters, and welcoming him back to Walford is an absolute pleasure.

“A lot has happened since Alfie is no longer in the square, but wherever his floral shirts go, you can expect fun, frolics and, of course, the weird porky pie. We are delighted to have him at home.

Speaking about his comeback, Shane said:

Speaking of his comeback, Shane said: ‘It is an absolute honor and privilege to be invited back to my Albert Square TV home’

Speaking to The Sun, a source added of Shane’s return: “It also secures Jessie’s future as Kat, as together they deliver one of EastEnders’ most gripping love stories. “

“Having them in the cast is seen as a dynamite combination that could inspire more die-hard fans to reconnect.

“Losing Jessie would have been a disaster for producers who are so attached to new storylines that they are going to be at the center of.”

MailOnline has contacted representatives for EastEnders for further comment.

Shock: Footage showed the moment Jessie was arrested following a night out

Shock: Footage showed the moment Jessie was arrested following a ‘drunk’ party, with witnesses claiming she was kicked out of Flex nightclub for being ‘gobby’

It comes after the BBC was reported to be ‘considering all options’ as bosses weigh up Jessie’s future at EastEnders following her arrest outside a nightclub in June.

The star allegedly ‘told a police officer to ‘fuck you up’ for five minutes of carnage’ in Bury St Edmunds in which she also allegedly kneed him in the groin, leaving him on his knees at the ‘agony.

Footage released last night showed the moment Jessie – best known for playing bartender Kat – was detained following a ‘drunk’ night out, with witnesses claiming she was kicked out of Flex nightclub for being ‘gobby’.

The actress was released without charge after receiving a conditional warning.

Warnings: Jessie was reportedly invited to

Warnings: Jessie was reportedly told to ‘slow down’ by her friends and warned by BBC chiefs after she was arrested (pictured) for allegedly assaulting a police officer

The incident was the latest in a series of problems for Jessie, who has already been suspended from her job, with reports claiming she was drinking on set in 2020, forcing bosses to bar her from a number of episodes.

She was also convicted of drunk driving in 2003, which resulted in a £1,000 fine and a three-year ban from sitting behind the wheel.

Jessie also suffered heartbreak in 2011 as she called off her marriage to fiance Vincent Morse after allegedly sending his ex-girlfriend an explicit photo of the soap opera star.

Step back: This incident is the latest in a series of problems for Jessie, who has already been suspended from her job, with reports claiming she was drinking on set in 2020

Step back: This incident is the latest in a series of problems for Jessie, who has already been suspended from her job, with reports claiming she was drinking on set in 2020

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