Karl Howman joins EastEnders

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Karl Howman

Karl Howman

Former 'Brush Strokes' and 'Mulberry' star Karl Howman has signed up to appear in BBC soap 'EastEnders'. The 61-year-old will hit screens in November as a shaven-headed thug, set to rival resident hardman, Phil Mitchell.

Jacko from 'Brush Strokes' has joined 'EastEnders'.

The former star of 'Flash' household cleaner adverts has been snapped up by bosses on the popular BBC soap to play an East End thug.

The 61-year-old will appear as a shaven-headed hardman, who is set to take on resident Walford tough guy Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden). Expected to hit screens in November, Karl has hinted that his character will be causing some trouble among Albert Square's current residents.

The 80s sitcom star - who also appeared as the title character in the BBC situation comedy 'Mulberry' - said: "It is an honour to have joined such an iconic show as EastEnders and I have received such a lovely welcome from all involved. They are truly one big family with a work ethic to be in awe of. The twists and turns, character and plots that are coming make it all the more exciting for me."

'EastEnders' executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is thrilled to have Karl on board.

He said: "We have been trying to get the brilliant Karl Howman to join EastEnders for a very long time - and it's fantastic that it's finally happened."

Details about his initial storyline are being kept under wraps, but Dominic teased that Karl's personality lends itself to the part.

He added: "An authentic Londoner with grit, sparkle and a touch of danger, Karl is the perfect fit for this new character."

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