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Sid Owen rules out 'EastEnders' return: "I'm done with the UK"

EastEnders star Sid Owen has reportedly said that he will never return to the BBC soap.

Owen, who played Ricky Butcher, announced that he is taking a break last year.

Sid Owen

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The 40-year-old has now confirmed that he has "retired" from acting, also vowing never to live in the UK again.

Owen told the Sunday Mirror: "I've retired. I'm now living permanently in France, where I have been on-and-off for the last ten years, and I'm running my restaurant.

"I haven't quite made my ­millions but I'm happy doing that and I'll never be back."

Ricky Butcher in EastEnders


Sid Owen

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He added: "I'm done with the UK and I hope that you will never see me on your TV screens again ­because I'm done and I've ­retired. I much prefer the ­lifestyle I have now."

His character Ricky, famous for his long-term romance with Bianca (Patsy Palmer), was last seen on Albert Square in June having originally left in January.

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