Ex-EastEnders star set for brief Albert Square return

Former EastEnders star John Partridge - who played Christian Clarke in the soap - is returning to Albert Square in the aftermath of the storyline about Lucy Beale's murder.

(Left to right) Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), Peter Beale (Ben Hardy) and Christian Clarke (John Partridge). Credit: BBC/PA Wire

The 42-year-old will reprise his role "for a short stint" on the show for the funeral scenes which started shooting yesterday.

Viewers will see Christian pay his respects and support his elder sister Jane Beale who was Lucy's stepmother which will mark the first time Partridge has been seen in the show since leaving in November 2012.

He previously dismissed any possible return, telling Metro: "I'm out of it forever. I didn't get killed or anything. We both left to lead a much better life out of the Square."

Lucy (Hetti Bywater) will be killed off with the whodunnit storyline set to run up until the show's 30th anniversary in February 2015 when the identity of the killer will be revealed.