There’s a new face heading to Albert Square as actor Ross Boatman has been cast as the father of Bobby Beale’s (Clay Milner Russell) new girlfriend Dana.
But as he looks out to protect his daughter, how will he react when he finds out about Bobby’s dark history – including the fact he was imprisoned after killing his sister Lucy?
Harvey Monroe has cared for Dana on his own, a real family man who’s proud to have been raised in Bow and even prouder to be a dad. Harvey is traditional, fiercely protective and will do anything to keep Dana safe.
Viewers have seen Bobby embellishing the truth on his dates with Dana (Barbara Smith) and as things get more serious between the new couple, will Harvey find the new Bobby as impressive?
Ross Boatman is RADA trained and well-known for his role in London’s Burning as firefighter Kevin Medhurst. With further roles in The Bill, Holby City, Casualty, Mum and most recently Grantchester. His film credits include Hard Men, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and How I Live Now.
Of his arrival to Albert Square, Ross says: ‘Some actors long for all the glamour of the Hollywood hills. Others dream about the bright lights of London’s West End.
‘All I ever wanted was jellied eels, Albert Square and cheeky pint at The Queen Vic. Words can hardly express how happy and excited I am to be here at last. I absolutely love the show and can’t wait to get started. I feel truly blessed’
Jon Sen, Executive Producer, EastEnders added: ‘We can’t wait for Ross to join us in Albert Square as Harvey. He’s perfect to play the affable father to Dana who’s over the moon his daughter’s found a match in Bobby but secrets aren’t likely to stay hidden on the Square so Bobby’s attempts at re-invention may well be futile.
‘We’re looking forward to Harvey’s arrival, he’ll certainly shake up the Beale family dynamics.’
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