Luton-born Lee Ross returns to EastEnders

Actor reprises role as villain Owen Turner

Soap fans will spot a familiar face in Albert Square next week when talented Luton-born actor Lee Ross returns to EastEnders.

The 38-year-old has just finished two months of filming for the BBC One soap and will be back on our screens as nasty villain Owen Turner from Tuesday.

Lee, whose parents still live in Ashton Road, Luton, first appeared as psychopathic Owen in June 2006, who battered ex-wife Denise Fox and then was jailed for five years for abducting and trying to murder daughter Libby.

Now the jailbird has been released early and is back in the Square.

But former Stockwood High School student Lee refused to give any clues about what his character is up to.

He said: "We'll have to wait and see. He's had a lot of thinking time so hold on to your hats."

In 2007, Lee was nominated for the Villain of the Year award at the British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Owen.

"He is very complex so it is quite rewarding to play," he said.

Lee travelled everyday from his home in Brighton to Elstree studios to film his new scenes, which he admitted was a difficult daily routine.

Catch him in Eastenders on Tuesday, October 13, at 7.30pm, BBC One.