Brookside star Paul Usher set to star in EastEnders

Brookside star Paul Usher is joining the cast of EastEnders.

The actor, 57, will guest star in a handful of episodes, the BBC soap said.

Reports suggest Usher will play a "hardman" in Albert Square.

The actor starred as Barry Grant in Channel 4 soap Brookside for several years.

The Grant family in Brookside - (from l-r) Simon O'Brien (Damion), Paul Usher (Barry), Shelagh O'Hara (Karen), Sue Johnston (Sheila) and Eric Tomlinson as Robert Grant (
The Grant family in Brookside – (from l-r) Simon O'Brien (Damion), Paul Usher (Barry), Shelagh O'Hara (Karen), Sue Johnston (Sheila) and Eric Tomlinson as Robert Grant (PA)

He is also known for playing Des Taviner in police drama The Bill.

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