EastEnders spoilers: Adrian Edmondson joins soap to play Jean Slater's new lover

ADRIAN Edmondson is joining EastEnders as Jean Slater's new love interest.

The Bottom star will play Daniel Cook who has been described by soap bosses as being "charming with a wicked sense of humour".

He will be "the perfect antidote for Jean as she continues her treatment for ovarian cancer".

At first, Jean will be unsure about Daniel but as he offers his support in his own unique way, Jean warms to him and the pair strike up a bond.

Adrian has enjoyed an illustrious career in television and was a comedy heavyweight in the 80s and 90s, famous for his roles in The Young Ones and Bottom.

More recently, Adrian, who is married to comedy legend Jennifer Saunders, has taken on more diverse roles in numerous dramas including: Holby City, Bancroft and War and Peace.

Speaking about joining EastEnders, Adrian said: "There were only fifteen boys on my drama course at Manchester Uni, and I’ll be the third to appear in EastEnders – so I feel it’s a kind of tradition!

"The other two being Tom Watt (Lofty Holloway) and Paul Bradley (Nigel Bates)”.

Executive Producer Jon Sen added: "Adrian’s a phenomenal talent who will bring his unique blend of intelligence, warmth and humour to the role of Daniel.

"We’re all over the moon he’s coming to Walford and can’t wait for this love story to hit screens later this year."

Adrian has started filming with his first appearance airing later this summer.

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