Sid Owen hints at EastEnders comeback for Ricky Butcher

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Actor Sid Owen said he would "100% go back to EastEnders", where he made his name as Ricky Butcher.

The 44-year-old revealed he has a contract with the BBC that he hopes will get him back on to Albert Square after four years away.

Sid Owen
Sid Owen said his character Ricky is not dead yet (Ian West/PA)

He told The Sun: "I can't really say too much about what I've got on but I'd 100% go back to EastEnders - it's part of my life.

"I've done 28 years on and off and 15,000 episodes. Ricky is not dead yet - I should go back one day and finish the storyline or go back for a length of time.

Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer
Sid starred as Ricky opposite Patsy Palmer, who played Bianca (Phil Noble/PA)

"I'm always in touch with people from the show."

Sid will make his first appearance on Celebrity MasterChef on Wednesday night, and has had a long history with the corporation since leaving the soap as he also appeared in Strictly Come Dancing.

Sid next appears on BBC's Celebrity MasterChef (BBC)
Sid next appears on BBC's Celebrity MasterChef (BBC)