EastEnders' Aaron Sidwell is coming back as Steven Beale - and yes, he looks a little different


Aaron Sidwell is returning to EastEnders as Steven Beale in an explosive new storyline.

Aaron last played the role in 2008 and has reportedly already returned to the set for filming.

Aaron Sidwell

Steven is son of Ian's Beale's first wife Cindy (Michelle Collins) from her affair with Simon Wicks (Nick Berry), although he was raised as his own by an unwitting Ian (Adam Woodyatt).

Aaron played the role from 2007-2008 and featured in big storylines including stalking and eventually taking hostage Ian, before trying to kill himself and accidentally shooting Jane Beale (Laurie Brett) in the stomach.

In his brief time on the soap, Steven tried to commit suicide again, attempted to seduce Jane's brother Christian (John Partridge) and even gave smothering Pat Butcher (Pam St Clement) a go.

Aaron Sidwell

Having been rejected by Ian, Steven fled Walford and hotfooted it to New Zealand to live with his biological father Simon.

Although the details of his return aren't known, his storyline will likely be a dramatic one.

It comes as John Partridge is confirmed to be back in a guest role as Christian and Lynda Baron will also be back briefly as Christian and Jane's mum Linda Clarke.

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It's possible that Steven's return could coincide with that of Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa).

Lauren and boyfriend Peter Beale have been living in New Zealand with Simon, but she is set to make a comeback later this year when Jacqueline returns from maternity leave.