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Blast From The Past: 92-Year-Old Actor Leonard Fenton Returns To "EastEnders" After 21-Year Hiatus

Date July 27, 2018 16:44

“EastEnders” is one of the longest-running soaps on British television and has been showing on BBC One since 1985. Set in the East End of London, the show follows the lives of residents in Albert Square in the fictional Borough of Walford.

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The series became very popular for discussing issues considered controversial and taboo in some cases. Over the years, it has gained even more recognition, bagging nine BAFTA Awards as at 2016.

In 2010, the show celebrated its 25th anniversary. Despite the passing years, “EastEnders” still maintains a massive following. Producers at BBC One have found ingenious ways to keep the show relevant despite the ever-changing landscape of television and the exit of several members of the original crew.

Talking about changes, one of the oldest characters on the show is making a comeback. Producers announced on July 25, that Doctor Harold Legg will be rejoining the cast of “EastEnders” in autumn. And returning to the role is none other than the original actor, Leonard Fenton.

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92-year-old Fenton was a major character on the show from 1985 until 1997 when he retired. However, his character made several appearances on the show between 2000 and 2007.

This will be the first time Fenton will be on the show as a major character, more than 20 years after he hung his boots. But he has been quite busy in the past years, directing his first theatrical performance “After Chekov” in 2004, at the age of 78.

Fans of the show are excited to see how BBC One explains the reappearance of the doctor so many years after he left the scene.

As for Fenton, he looks quite happy to be back in the swing of things and we wish him all the best.

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