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07th Apr 2022

Cork actor Aidan O’Callaghan joining the cast of EastEnders

Jade Hayden

He will appear in the soap for the first time later this month.

Cork actor Aidan O’Callaghan is joining the cast of EastEnders.

The actor, who previously appeared in Emmerdale, is joining the long-running soap in April as manager of The Prince Albert.

The character, named Lewis Butler, will arrive on the Square this month after nabbing a job as manager of the gay bar.

He will be playing a significant role in the series, as he befriends Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) who sticks up for Lewis following a homophobic attack.

O’Callaghan, who hails from Cork, has also appeared in popular shows such as Wolfe (2021), and the Rook (2019). He is also due to appear in The Witcher: Blood Origin (2022), the prequel series to The Witcher.

After completing his studies in Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin, Aidan moved to London and joined theatre company, the Met Film School.

He was cast as ‘Mike’ in Emmerdale in 2018, a character who “caused a bit of drama” during his time in the Dale. Aidan now splits his time between Cork and the UK.

The Cork man’s first EastEnders scenes are due to air later this month, as he arrives to Albert Square as the new manager of the Prince Albert.

The gay bar, owned by Kathy Beale since 2019, was later run by Mila Marwa (Ruhtxjiaïh Bellenea) until her departure from the series following a Female Genitalia Mutilation (FGM) storyline.

Back in 2018, Aidan told Her that when he told his mother that he had bagged a role in Emmerdale, she spilled her coffee all over M&S.

He said at the time: “When I told my mum I got a part in an Emmerdale storyline, all I heard was a smash as she had dropped her coffee mug in Marks and Spencer’s with excitement.”