EastEnders favourite Nick Berry will be making a return to the soap, it was reported today.
The 48-year-old first appeared as Walford pin-up Simon Wicks in 1985 - the year of the soap's launch - but left five years later when he emigrated.
According to The Sun, Wicksy's screen brother David, played by Michael French, is also set to return as part of a storyline that will see their mother, Pat Butcher, die.
Pam St Clement, 69, announced in July that she is to bow out of Albert Square, more than a quarter of a century after making her debut as no-nonsense Pat.
The Sun said that Sid Owen (Ricky) and Patsy Palmer (Bianca) will also return again to the BBC1 soap.
Berry topped the charts in 1986 with the track Every Loser Wins, and played Pc Nick Rowan in Heartbeat for six years. It was later reported that he was retiring from acting.
An EastEnders spokesman said: "There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Pat's departure; however, we are not going to comment on rumours at this stage as we don't want to spoil the storyline for viewers."