EastEnders star reveals if he will return as Ryan after dramatic exit

EastEnders star reveals if he will return as Ryan after dramatic exit

February 16, 2023

Neil McDermott has once again bowed out of EastEnders as Ryan Malloy in dramatic fashion.

Ryan staged his long-awaited return earlier this week, shortly after discovering that 12-year-old daughter Lily (Lillia Turner) was pregnant.

The former mainstay has caused chaos since his return, particularly for Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), who he has argued with seemingly non-stop.

Thursday’s (February 16) edition of the BBC One soap saw Lily make the decision to move to Wakefield with him at first, but she soon saw his true colours after a blazing row with her mum and kicked him out of the house.

Hurt, Ryan vowed to reduce his child maintenance payments: something that would have quite an effect on the already struggling Slater clan.

With Ryan determined to win back Lily’s affections, is there any chance he may return again sometime soon?

‘It’s always really lovely [to come back]’, Actor Neil McDermott said. ‘It feels like a home from home a little bit and I feel very comfortable working here. It’s a lovely phone call to receive, especially when I’ve got the time and can make it work.

‘I got a call to ask if I would be willing to come back and when I heard the story, I was really excited about what was going to happen and the role Ryan would play’, he said of this current stint.

‘I was really pleased the stars could align and I had the time to return.’

‘It’s always good to revisit the character too because you’re always wondering where he is and what he’s up to. I also think it’s good for the viewers to see the characters from the past re-enter the lives of Lily, Stacey and Whitney.’

It would appear that Ryan will be staying away from Albert Square for the time being, with Neil currently touring the country in a play.

‘I’m doing a play at the moment called “Home, I’m Darling” and I play Johnny. It’s a play written by Laura Wade who’s an amazing writer.

‘The play was on at the National Theatre and has gone on to win an Olivier for best comedy. This is the first time it’s gone out on tour, so we’re going around the country with it.

‘We have Jessica Ransom playing the lead role and she’s fantastic, we had a great time in rehearsals and we’ve just opened in Windsor. The audience seems to be enjoying it, as am I! It’s a really exciting play.’

While Lily’s story continues, we’re sure that Ryan will remain in the back of her mind, so perhaps one day he’ll be back again.

EastEnders continues Monday February 20 at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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