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Paul set to join EastEnders cast

Just Good Friends star Paul Nicholas is joining EastEnders to play the estranged husband of Gillian Taylforth's character Kathy. The actor, who shot to fame in stage shows including Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, will play Gavin Sullivan in the hit soap.

"I am delighted to be joining the wonderful cast of EastEnders for what is going to be an exciting time ahead. I can't wait to get started and seeing what's in store for my character," he said.

Nicholas (inset) appeared opposite Jan Francis in Just Good Friends about a man who accidentally meets his former fiancee years after jilting her at the altar.