EastEnders has landed yet another coup from acting royalty as star of stage, TV and film David Sterne has been cast for emotional scenes, as a legendary character is laid to rest.
The news comes after other big names, including Colin Salmon, Christopher Fairbank and Elizabeth Counsell, joined the show which is considered by many to be in a renaissance period.
In a special week of episodes, the Mitchell family will say a final farewell to their beloved Aunt Sal, who died off-screen following the death of actress Anna Karen.
Often referenced but never seen, Aunt Sal’s elusive husband, Harold Martin, will make a guest appearance as he pays tribute to his beloved wife, alongside the likes of Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and sister Sam (Kim Medcalf).
David Sterne has worked for over 40 years, with notable roles including Bridgerton, A Knight’s Tale and The Boat That Rocked.
Speaking on the storyline on David’s appearance, Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw said: ‘Everyone at EastEnders was truly saddened to learn of Anna Karen’s passing, and it was imperative that we gave Aunt Sal the send-off she deserved.