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'EastEnders' star hopes for Ashley return

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EastEnders star Ricky Norwood has revealed that he would like the father-son relationship between Fatboy and Ashley Chubb to be further explored in the future.

Ashley, played by Colin Mace, made his first appearance on screen last month as he arrived in Walford to see Fatboy amid difficulties in his personal life.

However, Ashley will depart the area in next week's episodes after angering Fatboy with the news that he has reported Mercy Olubunmi (Bunmi Mojekwu) to the UK Border Agency for outstaying her visa. He makes the spiteful call after seeing how hurt his son is over Mercy's new romance with Seb.

Speaking to Inside Soap, Norwood explained: "Ashley just thinks [Mercy has] betrayed his son. He believes he's doing the right thing… [But Fatboy's] so upset with Ashley, who leaves Walford at that point."

Norwood added that he has been "learning so much" from Mace, describing him as a "great actor".

He continued: "There's great chemistry between Ashley and Fatboy, so I'm hoping Colin will be back again soon."

Mercy's visa issues lead to Fatboy proposing to her in EastEnders' royal wedding episode at the end of the month, desperate for her to stay in the country.

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