EastEnders legend Shaun Williamson returns as ghost in Christmas Carol spoof

EastEnders legend Shaun Williamson is making a comeback as a ghost.

The actor, famed for playing hapless Barry Evans years ago, has signed a big-money deal to be the new face of bookies Paddy Power.

And he is playing for laughs in their new advert as The Ghost of Christmas Future in a spoof of classic story A Christmas Carol.

Shaun, 55, filmed it alongside footie pundits including Matt Le Tissier, 52.

Paddy Power say the soap favourite was fantastic fun on set.

A spokesman said: “Nobody knew what to expect when waiting for his arrival. Would it be a big time diva? Or a bit of a sad case?

"What they actually got was a super enthusiastic, super professional actor who wasn’t just brilliant in his performance, but also took on a quasi-director role.

“He was coaching the pundits between scenes to draw the maximum performance from them.

“Shaun walked off set to a standing ovation, which might sound ridiculous, but didn’t even feel that weird at the time.”

See the advert on Paddy Power’s social media.

Shaun shot to fame as Barry on EastEnders in 1994, appearing in more than 600 episodes across 10 years before he was killed off.

Since then, he's struggled to move away from the character in the public eye, but has enjoyed a full acting career nevertheless.

He appeared as himself in popular sitcom Extras just after he left EastEnders, but has gone on to star in Holby City, Doctors, New Tricks, Houdini, Plebs and Casualty, among others.

Earlier this year, Shaun spoke of how he had been reunited with his so-called "secret" son Gary.

The duo spoke on Loose Women of how they'd come together, with Gary describing finding out about his famous dad as "mind blowing".

He said: ""I didn't know my father until the age of 26. The discovery is mind blowing.

"It's complicated. We had a lot of personal circumstances to why it was put off. My family had a tragedy at 16.

"It never felt like the right time. My sister found out and said enough is enough we need to give Gary the opportunity to connect with his roots and where he came from."

Source: Read Full Article