EastEnders Fans were shocked on tonight’s episode when Liam Butcher made a surprise return to Walford, played by a totally new actor.
The much-loved character, who was previously played by James Forde, is now played by newcomer Alfie Deegan.
Since we last saw him on screen, Liam has been living in Germany with his father Ricky, but tonight he saw him return, surprising his sisters Tiffany and Whitney as they shared a drink at the club.
The pair were delighted to see their brother, especially since Liam can’t do anything wrong in Tiff’s eyes, yet it’s clear that Liam isn’t telling them the whole story.
After realizing that he had returned to help Tiffany after the breakdown of her marriage to Keegan, Tiff and Whitney appeared to have been misled by Liam’s doting older brother act.
However, by the end of the episode, it was clear that Liam was having some kind of money problems after receiving a suspicious phone call from someone demanding cash.
With a lot of experience working on cars with his father, Liam is ready to look to The Arches next week to make some money, and as troubles seem to follow the Butcher family, things will quickly get out of hand.
But fans on social media didn’t seem upset that Liam seemed to be bringing trouble to Tiffany’s door, and they were more concerned if we would see the rest of the Butcher family return to the soap opera, particularly Ricky and Bianca …
Now that Liam is back, bring back Bianca, Ricky and Morgan? #EastEndersOctober 1, 2021
Liam Butcher ?! Refurbish?!! Can I get a “RIIIICCCCCCKKKKKY!” here? Sid Owen will surely be back at any moment. #EastEndersOctober 1, 2021
Liam Butcher is back tonight 👏🏼👏🏼 if it’s not him, then let it be Bianca for Sonia. #EastEndersOctober 1, 2021
Liam was last seen on screen in 2015 leaving Walford with Cindy Beale when they met at the center of the investigation into Lucy’s murder. Cindy gave the Beale an ultimatum when she wanted to put her daughter, Beth, up for adoption.
Ian, realizing that they were going to expose the truth about Bobby, tried to get the couple to leave London for good. After trying and failing to bribe the Beales with £ 100,000, Liam, Cindy and Beth flew to Germany, where they built a life together.
EastEnders Newcomer Alfie Deegan starred in the BIFA-winning coming-of-age feature film Perfect 10 in 2020 and was listed as one of BIFA’s 10 Most Promising Newcomers. Alfie will also appear in the upcoming feature film, Silver Haze.
EastEnders airs on Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One. television guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer now.