EASTENDERS legend David Gillespie is making a comeback as Walford icon Duncan Boyd.
More than three decades have passed since this soap star left EastEnders and they’re finally ready for their next chapter.
One familiar face returns to Albert Square
Sharon Watts should be surprised
David Gillespie reprises the role of Duncan Boyd
Actor David Gillespie made his Walford debut in 1987 as Duncan Boyd, the curate of the local church.
To the shock of many, he embarked on a relationship with Sharon Watts (portrayed by Letitia Dean) after she tried to find solace in his church, away from her rowing parents, Den and Angie.
The lovebirds were even engaged to be married until Sharon called off the wedding when Duncan was offered a new job at a parish in Wiltshire.
Duncan remained in the Square until July, 1989, performing his priestly duties which included being the priest at Den Watts’ memorial service – but he was never seen or heard from again.
It’s all about to change as soap bosses have agreed to roll out the red carpet for David Gillespie, thirty-four years since his last appearance in the long-running program.
Duncan Boyd will be making his way back to Walford this April, with the soap star reprising his legendary role for a short stint.
Could his reunion with Sharon Watts be a steamy one? It’s highly unlikely.
Duncan will come back to Albert Square to unknowingly officiate baby Albie’s christening.
He is stunned to find out that his former fiancée Sharon is the young boy’s mother when he arrives at The Vic.
While his time in Walford will be short-lived, his arrival will ruffle quite a few feathers as his romantic past with Sharon comes to light.
How will Keanu react to Duncan and Sharon’s reunion?
Speaking about his upcoming return, David said: “I have to say what a pleasure it was being back in EastEnders reviving my role as Duncan after over 30 years of leaving the show – a little strange at first but ‘nice strange.'”
He then expressed joy at being reunited with Sharon actress Letitia Dean and Kathy Beale star Gillian Taylforth who have both been a part of the EastEnders drama since its early days.
“The only people I knew were my old mates Letitia and Gillian but I was made to feel instantly at home by such a wonderful cast and great crew – lots of new friends. Fabulous!”
But how will Duncan be welcomed?
Tune in to BBC One from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm to find out.
EastEnders, BBC, Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron
How will Keanu welcome him?