Evil Danny Hardcastle made quite an impact when he made his debut in EastEnders this time last year – but we’re about to see the shady businessman make a return to Walford.
Monday night’s episode will see Ben (Max Bowden), still struggling with his loss of hearing, faced with an interesting proposition from Danny – which leads to trouble when he has to pretend he can hear what he’s saying to him.
We haven’t seen Danny for a while, of course – but just who is he, and how is actor Paul Usher, who plays him, best known?
Here’s what you need to know…
Who is Danny Hardcastle in EastEnders?
Danny is a dodgy businessman and associate of Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) from his trips to Spain.
When we first saw him he had some unfinished business to sort with Phil, in a storyline which led to the return of his son Ben (and Max Bowden taking over the role from previous Ben actor Harry Reid).
The character guest starred in a number of episodes last year as part of the storyline.
What has Paul Usher previously been in?
Usher is best known for his role in Brookside as one of its original characters, Barry Grant.
Barry – who was the only character to appear in both the first ever episode in November 1982 and the final ever episode in November 2003, was the eldest child of Bobby and Sheila Grant, and the older brother of Damon and Karen.
He was one of the soap’s most notorious villains, being expelled from school aged 15 for attacking a group of bullies who had been picking on his best friend Terry Sullivan.
The character went on to become involved with gangsters and dodgy business dealings as well as killing Terry’s wife, Sue, and her young child Danny (although he claimed it was an accident) and letting someone else take the blame.
The character later became involved with his step-cousin Lindsay Corkhill (Claire Sweeney), although that led to him becoming involved with even more heavies – and the pair had an on-off relationship, both marrying other people, before it was revealed in the final ever episode that they planned to marry.
Barry took breaks from the soap over the years but the last ever episode of the show saw Lindsay’s dad Jimmy Corkhill going to live with Barry and Lindsay in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where the character was now living in a mansion off the proceeds of years of crime.
EastEnders continues on BBC One on Monday night at 8pm.
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