EastEnders fans shocked by Grange Hill legend’s surprise appearance in soap

EastEnders fans were left stunned tonight as Grange Hill legend Zammo McGuire was spotted in the soap tonight.

This evening actor Lee MacDonald, who played Zammo, returned to acting after 32 years away as bus driver Terry.

Tonight, Terry ended up clashing with pub landlord Mick Carter as they both tried to win Spice Girls tickets.

Fans flocked to Twitter in shock over his appearance on the soap.

One tweeted: "No way… ZAMMO! #eastenders #grangehill #arealthrowbackthursday #TBT (I always try to avoid spoilers)."

While another commented: "Omg it's f***ing Zammo! #EastEnders #grangehill Just say no to Mick, Zammo!"

A third remarked: "ZAMMO!!!!! #EastEnders."

He will only be appearing for a couple of episodes but has said he is hoping to make his return more permanent.

Lee made a shock return to acting after 32 years with a dream role in Walford, but is best known for his gritty drug addiction storyline in the BBC kids' soap in the 1980s.

His character Zammo became plagued with a heroin addiction and later overdosed in the back room of an amusement arcade after returning back to school clean.

However Lee struggled to find work after potential employer were worried about being associated with drugs because of his soap storyline.

Speaking to The Sun about his huge drugs storyline, he said: "It was massive at the time. They had a chat with my parents and said, ‘Look, we’d like Lee to take on this role as a drug addict, a heroin addict’.

“I think my parents were unaware of heroin at that time — I certainly was — so they agreed.

“We had to go to rehabilitation centres and meet ex-drug addicts and that was quite daunting. That was like, wow, this has really wrecked people’s lives.

“I had loads of letters at the time saying, ‘I’m never going to touch drugs again’ and, ‘Zammo’s put me off drugs’ so if for just one of those people it was a deterrent, then job done, really.”

Following his appearance on Grange Hill he had small roles in Birds Of A Father, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Bill.

He said: “I was leaving Grange Hill but earning reasonable money doing personal appearances in clubs and places like that.

“But then I got a call and they said, ‘We’re not going to use you any more.’

“I was like, ‘What?’ And they said they didn’t want their nightclubs to be associated with a drug addict.”

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