Bobby Brazier has announced his EastEnders return and has his sights on a new venture.
The Strictly Come Dancing star, 20, took a break from the BBC soap as he competed in the dance show. He joined the cast in 2022 as Freddie Slater, where he quickly become a fan-favourite. His performance as Freddie even landed him a National Television Award award for his role on the BBC soap.
Bobby decided to temporarily pause his soap career so he could show off his moves on Strictly where he was paired with Dianne Buswell. He impressed the show’s judges and audiences, leaving many fearing he would turn his back on EastEnders for new opportunities.
The young actor is currently on the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour, however has teased his return to Albert Square. When asked if EastEnders fans can see him back on screens, he revealed: “Yes I can’t wait. It’s soon, EastEnders, and I can’t wait. I miss it.” He also teased a new career on the West End as he confessed it could “potentially” happen.
He previously revealed he would be heading back to the soap after the Strictly tour, which ends on February 11. Speaking to Heat Magazine, he admitted: “I miss everyone and I miss acting. Every so often, a dance will feel like a scene – like when I was being Patrick Swayze [in Movies Week] – and it feels like I’m stepping into a role, which makes me miss work.”
It comes afterreports Bobby was being chased by a number of West End theatre bosses.Several artistic directors see him as ‘leading man material’ with the model catching the eye, it has been claimed. “Bobby’s time on Strictly certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by theatre bosses – they really feel he has star quality and would put bums in seats, given his huge popularity,” a TV insider toldThe Sun.
“Bobby’s so graceful on the dancefloor they believe he wouldn’t look out of place on a big musical production, or even a play,” they added. While making an appearance on Loose Women, Bobby was asked if he could move into a musical theatre or stage role. He said: “I think so. In the final, we did our show dance and it was very ‘showy’. It was very ‘musically’ and yeah, I really enjoyed it.”
Before getting going on the show, Bobby was quizzed on his EastEnders future and said: “I’m taking a break. I’ve filmed it all, and I’ll be back.” His character Freddie was arrested and later released on bail for the attempted murder of Theo. Bobby has previously opened up about his exit storyline on the soap, and that he hoped it would be the end of Theo. “The show is in a great place, and being a Slater is my favourite thing about being on the show. Those girls, I could speak about them all day I really love them, and what they do and how they do it and who they are on and off screen,” he said.