The 50-year-old, who played car dealer Kevin Wicks, quit the BBC soap in 2007 after two years playing the part. His screen children Deano (Matt Di Angelo) and Carly (Kellie Shirley) were axed as a result.
His character was dramatically killed off in a car accident in the show's 2007 New Year's Eve episode when he took his ex-wife Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) for a spin in one of Phil Mitchell's (Steve McFadden) shady motors.
The accident left Kevin speared through the chest with a scaffolding pole.
Speaking of his time with the soap, he told The Mirror: "Characters like mine, who start off happy-go-lucky, can't succeed because EastEnders doesn't really 'do' light comedy. They've got nowhere to go. Other soaps are good at comedy but EastEnders is too serious and arguably a bit worthy.
"Inevitably, Kevin ended up miserable, in a storyline dead-end. The only thing they could do in the end was kill him off."
He added: "In the end, I was happy to be killed off."
The Quadrophenia star is to appear in ITV's new Poirot instalment 'Clocks'.