ROB Kazinsky is set to reprise his role as Sean Slater in EastEnders after 10 years away from the soap.
The 35-year-old actor has confirmed he will be returning to the streets of Walford because he believes his character has “unfinished business in Albert Square
Rob left the BBC One soap in 2009 after playing Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) brother on the programme for three years.
He made headlines in 2007 after it was revealed he’d bombarded a model with lewd pictures and messages after meeting her through social media site MySpace.
The actor was temporarily suspended from the soap while bosses investigated his conduct.
Speaking at the time, the model told the Sunday People: “I can’t watch EastEnders now. Every time I see him on screen I think of that horrible picture. It makes my skin crawl.”
After leaving Albert Square in a bid to crack Hollywood, he appeared in movies such as sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim, but his return to the soap indicates a change in fortunes.
The star insists his “best work” was on the soap, which is why he is “thrilled” to make a comeback one decade later.
He said: “This year marked ten years since Sean fled from Walford after plunging into a frozen lake. A decade since I left the studio at Elstree and Sean Slater behind to move to the USA to chase a dream that seemed so farfetched.
“Throughout my career I have always felt that my best work was on EastEnders as Sean Slater, that there was something there in him that I understood completely, something traumatic, something that we never really got to show the viewers.
“I have unfinished business in Albert Square and am thrilled to be returning to what I still consider to be my home, however briefly.”
Sean has decided to return because he loves the “hard storylines” and raising awareness about numerous topics.
He added: “EastEnders is still the most important serial on British Television, never afraid to combat hard storylines and tell hard truths.
“I have always been proud of what EastEnders has done for social awareness throughout my lifetime and that is why I’m back. To tell a story that means something to me with the family that I know can tell it right.”
Most of all Rob – who won Best Male Actor at the 2009 British Soap Awards – can’t wait to be back working alongside his on-screen family.
He added: “I can’t wait to see my Slaters again and see what’s in store for Sean as he brings an evolved animal to Albert Square.”
EastEnders producer, Kate Oates, is also excited for Sean’s big return, and has revealed the star has had a major input in his storyline
She said: “I’m beyond delighted to see Rob back in Albert Square and back at the heart of the Slater family. As an actor, Rob created a modern EastEnders icon in Sean; and as a creative, he has had much input in his returning story.
“It’s exciting to work with an actor with Rob’s drive, passion and eye for detail, and I can’t wait to see the impact his arrival has on the Square amidst those who loved or loathed the troubled Sean Slater.”
During his time on EastEnders Sean enjoyed a string of dramatic relationships, with Stacey’s best friend Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton), a romance with Tanya Branning before he married Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons).
Things came to a dramatic end when Sean found it he was not the biological father of Roxy’s baby Amy and drove the pair into a frozen lake before he fled the home of the Queen Vic.