EastEnders’ Ricky Butcher actor Sid Owen refuses to rule out returning to the soap

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As Ricky Butcher in EastEnders, Sid Owen became a massive star. He came in to the soap in 1988, and his storylines always drew in massive numbers.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, Sid recalled these "crazy" days, saying: "When Patsy and I first got married [as beloved on-screen couple Ricky and Bianca] we were on the front page of The Mirror – 22 million viewers tuned in to watch it."

So it's no wonder that fans are always hoping that Sid – who in his OK! interview announces two joyous pieces of news! – could reprise his role.

Ricky was the son of Frank Butcher and brother of Janine, played by Charlie Brooks who has just returned to the soap to cause mayhem as Janine.

And when asked if he would like to return to EastEnders, Sid told OK! that he's not ruling out.

"Never say never," he said. " Charlie Brooks is back now. I’d love to work with Charlie again. They haven’t killed off my character, so they’ve left the door open for me to return."

He last came back to EastEnders after a break in 2010 – for the wedding of his onscreen sister, Janine. And while recent reports claimed he was in talks to return this year, they appear to have stalled.

Sid has also appeared on a number of the UK’s biggest reality TV shows, such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Jump and I’m a Celebrity.

He tells OK!: “Work wise for me, I'm just the same as any other actor waiting for the phone to ring."

Sid admits he does love doing reality TV. "It's exciting. There's always reality TV out there, you know I'm learning to dance or cook or ski. So loads of things in the air at the moment."

In the meantime, Sid has written a memoir, from Rags to Ricky, which tells of the challenges of his childhood after his mum passed away when he was aged seven, and the struggles of trying to keep on the straight and narrow.

Sid opened up to OK! as he announced his engagement and pregnancy joy with partner Victoria Shores.

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