EASTENDERS has cast British singer Mica Paris as a new character set to cause a stir in Walford.
The London-born soul star will appear in September when the BBC One soap returns as the ‘formidable’ Ellie Nixon – who has a shock connection with an Albert Square resident. Here’s the lowdown…
Who is Mica Paris?
Mica Paris is best known for her singing career with a number of Top 10 singles, such as My Temptation and Where Is The Love.
In addition to racking up seven albums, Mica, 51, has also appeared in musicals including Fame, Chicago and Love Me Tender.
Mica has also turned her hand to presenting on both the radio and TV over the years, and co-hosted BBC's What Not To Wear.
Speaking about joining the soap, she said: “I am absolutely over the moon to be in EastEnders.
"I have been a fan since its first episode with Susan Tully being my favourite.
“My character the formidable Ellie Nixon, is a new frontier for me as an actress – a lot of folks will see me as never before.”
Jon Sen, executive producer of EastEnders, added: "We're thrilled to welcome Mica Paris to the world of Walford to play tough, no-nonsense Ellie Nixon.
"Ellie proves herself to be a ruthless and uncompromising force of nature who stops at nothing to ensure she capitalises on whatever she can.
"The part demanded both charisma and presence and having seen Mica on stage, she was the first person who came to mind for this role. We can't wait for the audience to meet Ellie and the mystery that surrounds her."
Who will Mica Paris play in EastEnders?
Mica Paris will join the cast of EastEnders as Ellie Nixon, someone with connections in Walford who’s ready to ruffle some feathers.
Ellie is described by the BBC series as "a wolf in sheep's clothing, with far more to her than her warm-hearted facade lets on.
"With a surprising connection to Walford residents, her prowess for playing roles in order to get what she wants isn't to be underestimated."
What will Ellie Nixon's arrival storyline in EastEnders be?
EastEnders are yet to confirm what Ellie's new storyline will be when the soap returns to our screens in September.
But a source teased: “EastEnders wants to return with a bang following lockdown and Mica will certainly supply the spark.
“Her character is fiery and passionate and will take no prisoners.
“Walford won’t know what’s hit it.”
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