In the wider Star Wars galaxy he’s best known as Captain Edrison Peavey from The Last Jedi (“He’s tooling with you sir”), and to British comedy fans he’s Vyvyan from the Young Ones, Eddie Hitler in Bottom and soon Adrian Edmondson will be featuring in one of the UK’s biggest shows, Eastenders.

Adrian Edmondson, who is known for starring in anarchic TV comedies The Young Ones and Bottom, is joining the cast of EastEnders.

The comic actor will be seen in the BBC One soap as Daniel Cook, a new love interest for Jean Slater, played by Gillian Wright.

The BBC said Edmondson had already started filming, with his first appearance to air later this summer.

His character is described as “charming and with a wicked sense of humour”.

He will be “the perfect antidote for Jean as she continues her treatment for ovarian cancer”, producers added.

The 62-year-old actor said in a statement: “There were only 15 boys on my drama course at Manchester Uni, and I’ll be the third to appear in EastEnders – so I feel it’s a kind of tradition! The other two being Tom Watt [Lofty Holloway] and Paul Bradley [Nigel Bates].”