EastEnders fans, brace yourselves! Matt Di Angelo is back on Albert Square reprising his role as the notorious Dean Wicks.
The 36 year old actor first graced our screens in 2006 as Pat Butcher's great-nephew, causing all sorts of trouble from spiking Stacey Slater's drinks to framing Sean Slater for a crime he didn't commit and even assaulting Linda Carter. Now, Dean is back and ready to stir up more drama.
His return has sparked loads of chatter among EastEnders fans, especially since an earlier flash-forward hinted that a character might be killed off – could it be Dean? But when he's not playing the villain on Albert Square, Matt's real life is quite different.
He's a loving husband and dad of two and has starred in several other big TV shows. Let's take a peek inside his gorgeous home that he shares with his wife and kids, and get a glimpse of his life outside the soap.
Matt has been happily married to professional wedding planner Sophia Perry since 2021. Their lavish wedding took place at The Dorchester Hotel in London, following Matt's romantic proposal in the Dominican Republic in May 2019.
The couple, who started dating in 2014, welcomed twins in August 2022. They were overjoyed when their son and daughter, Raphael and Daphne, arrived.
Matt shared on Instagram: "My beautiful wife @sophiaperry has had two happy and healthy babies and begun raising them. I'm in the kitchen trying to work out the steriliser. Welcome to the world Raphael and Daphne."
Matt often shares glimpses of his lovely family home and in one photo, Sophia is seen in their large kitchen, surrounded by baby gifts. The kitchen features shiny black cupboards that sparkle in the daylight and a house plant, well cared for by Matt and Sophia, can be seen in the background.
The actor and Sophia also shared a glimpse of their lovely garden when they announced they were expecting two little ones. They posed under the bright sun, setting off smoke cannons to reveal the gender of their unborn babies.
Their pretty garden was decked out with wooden furniture, perfect for enjoying the summer sun. And for those hotter days, they had a big parasol at the ready.
While many know Matt as the baddie Dean Wicks in EastEnders, he's not actually from the East End. He hails from Enfield, North London, where he grew up.
Matt went to school in Oakwood and started learning acting and singing at Boden Studios in Enfield. His first acting gig was in 2000, in an episode of the BBC drama Harbour Lights, starring Nick Berry.
Other TV roles
While Matt is probably best known for his role as Dean Wicks on EastEnders, he's had plenty of other parts too. He played Sean Kennedy in the BBC's heist-themed drama series Hustle from 2009 to 2012, and also starred as Italian cardinal Francesco Alidosi in the popular European drama Borgia from 2012 to 2014.
Matt has also starred in popular shows like Casualty and Death In Paradise, and even had a main role in the second season of the hit show Ordinary Lies. He's also been in three low-budget films; Telling Lies in 2008, Following Footsteps in 2010, and a lead role in the 2012 drama Two Days in the Smoke.
Fans might remember Matt from his stint on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2007. He danced with Flavia Cacace and they made it all the way to the final, but ended up as runners-up, losing to Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler.
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