The Blue singer was last seen leaving the soap last Friday after a bust up with Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) after he caught Woody in bed with Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty).
Harry ‘Woody’ Woodward arrived in Walford earlier this year as a bar manager hired by off-screen Linda Carter to get the ailing Queen Vic back on track.
It was previously suggested that Lee’s role was only going to be temporary, but now it has been claimed that his popularity with EastEnders fans has bagged him a permanent gig.
The 33 year old will resume filming next month with the hunk back on screens in summer.
EastEnders: Viewers loved Lee Ryan so much that the soap have made his role permanent, according to reports [BBC]
EastEnders: Mick Carter was not impressed after he caught Whitney and Woody in bed [BBC]
According to the Mirror, Lee confirmed the news saying: “I am delighted that EastEnders have asked me to come back.
“It was a dream come true when I landed the role so I am thrilled that this has now turned into something much bigger.
“It has been a surreal experience walking down the road and having people shouting ‘Woody’ at me,
“But I cannot wait to get back in the Square to see what trouble he will cause this time round.”
EastEnders: Whitney Carter fell into bed with her saviour Woody Woodward [BBC]
The paper report that executive producer Sean O’Connor is “thrilled” that Lee’s debut on the East End soap was such a success.
He gushed: He said: “I knew from the moment Lee auditioned that he would be perfect for EastEnders and we are all thrilled that the audience fell in love with Woody as much as we did.
“Lee’s return later this year will undoubtedly cause a stir.”
Having already got on the bad side of many residents after sacking veteran barmaid Tracey, Harry’s permanent place in Albert Square is sure to ruffle some feathers.
EastEnders: Lee Ryan will return to the soap later this year [BBC]
EastEnders: Tina Carter and Woody Woodward got passionate earlier in the year[BBC]
Mick Carter may have to shelve his feud with him when he finds out the full extent of what has become of his beloved Queen Vic.
Although he might have a thing or two to say if he finds out that Woody also slept with Tina Carter.
OK! Online have contacted EastEnders for comment.
EastEnders continues Tuesday at 7.30pm on BBC One.