EastEnders adds comedian Adrian Edmondson as Jean Slater's new love interest

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 13:  English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director Ade Edmondson attends a photocall during the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens on August 13, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)

Adrian Edmondson is set to join the cast of EastEnders later this summer.

Announcing the news on Twitter, the team behind the soap's official account revealed that the comedian will play a new character called Daniel Cook and will share a romantic storyline with Gillian Wright's Jean Slater.

Slater, who is mother to Stacey and Sean Slater, was first introduced in 2004. Since becoming a regular character the following year, she's been quite unlucky in love having dated a man who embroiled her in investment fraud and another who cheated on her.

Talking about signing on for the long-running series, Edmondson said: "There were only 15 boys on my drama course at Manchester Uni, and I'll be the third to appear in EastEnders - so I feel it's a kind of tradition!

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Nigel Planer as Neil, Rik Mayall as Rick and Adrian Edmondson as Vyvyan, with members of the band Madness behind, on set during the filming of The Young Ones episode 'Boring', UK, 19 August 1982. (Photo by Virginia Turbett/Redferns)
The Young Ones on location in Bristol - April 1982 Ade Edmondson Skeleton Student University Life Punk April 1982 ®Mirrorpix . (Photo by Albert Foster/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Chris Ryan as Mike and Nigel Planer as Neil (left) with Rik Mayall as Rick and Adrian Edmondson as Vyvyan (right) talking to members of the band Madness, on set during the filming of The Young Ones episode 'Boring', UK, 19 August 1982. (Photo by Virginia Turbett/Redferns)
Nigel Planer as Neil, Adrian Edmondson as Vyvyan, Rik Mayall as Rick and Chris Ryan as Mike on set in front of a BBC cameraman during the filming of The Young Ones episode 'Boring', UK, 19 August 1982. (Photo by Virginia Turbett/Redferns)
L-R: Actors Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson and Helen Mahieu pose for the media, as they arrive for the celebrity screening of their film Guest House Paradiso, at the Warner Village Cinema in Leicester Square, London. (Photo by Justin Williams - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, 20th September 1991. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Portrait of musicians (L-R) Glenn Tilbrook and Jools Holland, with actor Ade Edmondson (far right), as they appear in a music video for the band 'Squeeze', July 29th 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Adrian Edmondson arriving for the Mercury Prize 2007 at Grosvenor House, central London
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Adrian Edmondson attemding the premiere screening of BBC One drama "War & Peace" at the Mayfair Hotel, London.
Ade Edmondson attending the aftershow party for the Rocky Horror Show Live at the Picturehouse, London.
Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson attend the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, at Hampton Court, Teddington - London
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 12: English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director Adrian Edmondson attends a photocall during the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens on August 12, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Ade Edmondson, Jennier Saunders and Geri Horner pose for a photo on the grid with Red Bull Racing before the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 8, 2018 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Ade Edmondson (L) and Ben Elton attend the press night after party for "Lady Windermere's Fan" at The Porterhouse on January 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Ade Edmondson and Ben Elton attend the World Premiere of "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" at Odeon Leicester Square on June 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: (L to R) Ben Elton, Jennifer Saunders and Ade Edmondson attend the World Premiere after party of "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" at Liberty on June 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Mel Giedroyc, Ade Edmondson and Emma Bunton perform during the Gala Charity of Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show in Aide of Amnesty International, which was broadcast live to cinemas throughout the UK and Europe, at Playhouse Theatre on September 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: (L to R) Cast members Adrian Edmondson, Neil Morrissey, Miles Jupp and Robert Webb attend an after party following the press night performance of "Neville's Island" at Villandry on October 21, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Ade Edmondson of The Bad Shepherds performs on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire on December 14, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 22: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) David Jason, Emilia Fox and Adrian Edmondson attend the BAFTA Craft Awards, where the industry honour the the people behind the cameras, at the Dorchester Hotel Ballroom on April 22, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Adrian Edmonson and Tamzin Outhwaite, during the TV Baftas, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London., during the TV Baftas, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Kim Medcalf performs the duet 'You're The One That I Want' with Ade Edmondson. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
From left to right, American comedienne Ruby Wax with married British comics Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson, September 1989. (Photo by Dave Benett/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Husband and wife Adrian Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders both receive an honorary Doctorate of Literatures at Exeter University in Devon.
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"The other two being Tom Watt (who played Lofty Holloway) and Paul Bradley (who played Nigel Bates)."

Executive producer Jon Sen is equally as excited to welcome Edmondson to the fictional London borough.

"Adrian's a phenomenal talent who will bring his unique blend of intelligence, warmth and humour to the role of Daniel," he gushed in a statement. "We're all over the moon he's coming to Walford and can't wait for this love story to hit screens later this year."

Best known for starring in sitcoms such as The Young Ones, which aired in the 1980s and Bottom, which was televised a decade later, Edmondson has more recently appeared in shows like Bancroft, Save Me and ITV drama Cheat.

He also had a small role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi opposite Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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