The Carter family have been responsible for some of the biggest storylines in EastEnders since Danny Dyer and his clan first arrived on Albert Square two years ago to lay claim to The Vic.

Unfortunately though, they were down one family member fairly soon as actor Sam Strike left the role of Johnny Carter to pursue other projects back in December 2014. The actor was part of an award winning storyline which saw him coming out to his dad Mick (Danny Dyer) in what made for very emotional scenes.

EastEnders have decided to recast the role with a spokesperson for the soap saying recently; "There are so many more stories that we wanted to tell with Johnny, so we felt that the time was right to unite the Carter family again.

"The Carter family quickly became one of EastEnders's most iconic families and there are lots of stories planned for them, but it felt it would be a shame if those stories had to be told without Johnny's involvement. Whoever gets the job will be landing themselves a dream role."

Well we now know who has landed the dream role, and it's actor Ted Reilly, who previously appeared in the likes Grantchester, Call The Midwife, Law & Order: UK, Casualty and Suspects.

There he is now...

A source close to Ted told The Mirror; "He knows this is a big chance for him and he is really excited about joining the soap. Johnny was a controversial character before with lots of big storylines so he will come back onto the show with a bang."

Johnny Carter's first scenes back on the Square are expected to air next month.