EastEnders Peter Beale makes shock return as Dayle Hudson becomes the SEVENTH actor to play the role

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PETER Beale is returning to Walford in EastEnders with a seventh actor playing him.

The hunky son of businessman Ian Beale will now be played by television newcomer Dayle Hudson.

Newcomer Dayle is the seventh actor to play Peter

Actor Ben Hardy who last played the role quit to go to Hollywood and has starred in a series of blockbuster movies including X-Men: Apocalypse and Bohemian Rhapsody.

He was last seen in Walford in 2015 after he left the Square unable to deal with the news his brother Bobby had been responsible for killing his sister Lucy.

Peter later reunited with love Lauren Branning for a new life in New Zealand, though it later emerged he had been struggling to cope and had turned to booze to deal with his demons.

The last viewers heard Peter was happily living with Lauren in New Zealand and it has not yet been revealed what brings him back to Walford.

The actor will join the soap in the new year

Ben Hardy took on the role of Peter in 2013

The former soap star has found Hollywood success

Soap fans will remember Thomas Law

He will make his comeback in the new year.

Dayle joins the long list of former Peters, including his most recent predecessor Ben.

Ben took over from Thomas Law, who held down the role for four years, between 2006 and 2010.

Before him, Peter was played by James Martin, who joined the soap in 2004 but quit two years later.

James Martin was on the soap with Melissa Suffield

Adding to the list of Peter’s was Alex Stevens

A baby-faced Joseph featured in the soap

Francis Brittin-Snell was the first actor to play Peter

Prior to James taking on the role, actor Joseph Shade held the part of Peter from 1998 to 2004, with Alex Stevens playing him as a young boy for a year between 1997 and 1998.

Dayle told HOAR Online:I am really grateful and excited to have the opportunity to work on such an institution of British television, alongside some incredible actors.

Peter has been away for some time so I cant wait to find out what hes been up to and Im very excited to see what the future holds for him.

Jon Sen, Executive Producer EastEnders added:As soon as I met Dayle, I knew hed be the one to bring Peter Beale back to Walford.

Peters a young man with a big heart but a bruised soul and Dayles a talented actor who captures his complexity perfectly.

I welcome him to the company and cant wait to start working with him.

EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings on BBC One.