The EastEnders legend returns to Walford after a year’s absence – with a new face

MEMBERS of the Beale family have been separated, with Peter Beale being the last of his clan to move from Walford last year.

But the EastEnders star will be lured back onto the pitch next week as Thomas Law reprises the role after 13 years.

An EastEnders legend returns to the Square next week


An EastEnders legend returns to the Square next weekPhoto credit: BBC
Peter Beale makes a great discovery about his family


Peter Beale makes a great discovery about his familyPhoto credit: BBC
On his return, he ruffles many feathers


On his return, he ruffles many feathersPhoto credit: BBC

The 30-year-old first arrived on the set of the BBC One soap opera in 2006, where he portrayed Ian Beale’s son for four years.

Since leaving in 2010, he has been replaced by Ben Hardy (2013–2015) and Dayle Hudson (2020–2022).

However, Thomas returned to the London-based drama earlier in the year when it was revealed that Cindy Beale was alive and well, despite claims she died behind bars in childbirth in the late 1990s.

Soap fans got excited when it was confirmed that both Michelle Collins and Thomas would return to Walford in explosive scenes with Ian Beale star Adam Woodyatt in tow.

Cindy was thrown into the witness protection system when her former inmate threatened her life and met George Knight using the alias Rose Knight.

During their time together, the two had two daughters, Anna and Gina.

But she eventually left them before settling in Jouars, France and reconnecting with her former husband Ian Beale.

They were eventually joined by their son Peter Beale, but when his half-brother Bobby Beale (Clay Milner Russell) finds out Kathy is selling the Chippy, he receives an alarming phone call.

Little does Peter know that Anna Knight (Molly Rainford) also wants to get in touch with her mother, Cindy, aka Rose.

After the silence, Anna sends her mother a scathing text and makes her way to #45 to have a face-to-face chat with Bobby while the two of them put their awkwardness behind them of the past week.

In France, Peter intercepts Anna’s text message on Cindy’s phone and, after interrogation, learns from Ian that he has two sisters.

Ian quickly deletes the messages from Anna and begs him not to tell Cindy, to which he agrees, but Peter shocks Ian when he later shares with him his plans to go to Walford to meet his two sisters and explains , he was booked for that evening in the Eurostar.

Later, Peter arrives at The Vic while Gina and Anna unsuspectingly prepare to close for the night – what will he tell them?

That remains to be seen, but when Bobby wakes up the next day, he finds Peter asleep on the sofa at #45.

Peter vows to help Bobby turn the Chippy into a success to keep Kathy from selling it. Instead, he heads to the Vic to spy on his new sisters.

Things only get worse when Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) arrives and gives Peter a bite about her troubled past.

Fans of the London drama will recall that Ben Mitchell attacked Peter after mistaking him for a homophobic person he wanted revenge on.

Peter eventually learned through Lewis Butler who was responsible for his attack and decided to give Ben the punishment he deserved.



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Ben was arrested for his actions and Peter quickly left the place when he realized his grandmother Kathy Beale was refusing to help him deal with his uncle.

Angry at what he believed to be favoritism, Peter packed up his things and said a very dry goodbye to his family members.

But when he returns to Walford, Gina reveals that Bobby is smitten with Anna and Peter is trying to stop his siblings’ budding relationship.

Peter later wakes up regretfully to a call from Cindy, who senses something is wrong, but he covers himself and Bobby orders him to leave.

Back in France, Cindy tells Ian that she is going to Walford to pick up Peter, but knowing that George and the girls live in the square, Ian convinces her not to go by insisting he follows Peter lets come home.

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EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Peter is finally told about his half-sisters


Peter is finally told about his half-sistersPhoto credit: BBC
But he is shocked to find out that Bobby is in love with one of them


But he is shocked to find out that Bobby is in love with one of themPhoto credit: BBC

Emma James

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