BBC Eastenders bosses have revealed its newest character, Ravi Gulati, will cause a stir on Albert Square later this month.

The new character, played by Aaron Thiara, made his debut appearance on the long-running soap on Monday night.

Viewers were first introduced to Ravi this week as Eastenders legend Phil Mitchell turned to him for help, but it soon becomes clear he also has links to the Square when he asks about Kheerat Panesar, played by Jaz Deol.

It turns out Ravi is the son of Panesar family friend Ranveer, but his intentions currently remain unclear.

As his time in prison draws to a close, Ravi will make his way to Walford to reunite with the Panesars, but not all of them will be pleased to see him

News Shopper: BBC handout photo of Aaron Thiara as new Eastenders character Ravi Gulati . (PA)BBC handout photo of Aaron Thiara as new Eastenders character Ravi Gulati . (PA)

Aaron Thiara ‘filled with immense gratitude’ to be joining Eastenders

Speaking about joining EastEnders, Thiara said: “My heart is filled with immense gratitude to be joining such an iconic show, working alongside a stellar cast and a remarkable production team.

“It’s a very proud moment for me and my family. This is a wondrous opportunity to approach as an actor, and I can’t wait for people to meet Ravi on screen and witness his rollercoaster of a journey.”

EastEnders executive producer Chris Clenshaw said: “Ravi is captivating, cunning and dangerous, and can go from pleasant to menacing with very little warning – unlike Aaron, who’s a wonderful addition to the EastEnders cast.

“We’re all excited to see Aaron bring the character to life and there’s plenty of drama and shocking twists in store – wherever Ravi goes, trouble follows.”

Viewers can expect to see Ravi return to screens later in the summer.