Photos of Lord Michael Cashman making his return as the first ever gay character in Eastnders have been released.It is officially confirmed that he comes back for 2 episodes. He comes back to talk to Dot Cotton. The character first hit the headlines in 1987 when he had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera. Show bosses are keeping details of Colin’s return top secret – but his visit is set to raise a big question for Dot Branning (June Brown) when he appears in two episodes next month. “It was a real joy, indeed a privilege, to return to my old home of Albert Square,” Lord Cashman said. “To be amongst so many friends again, and to be back in the place where 30 years ago I started an amazing journey, an amazing journey which incredibly helped to change the country, and certainly its attitude to lesbian, gay and bisexual people,” added. “Arguably without EastEnders I would never have gone into politics; I would not have been one of the founders of Stonewall and its founding chair, and I would never have ended up where I am now”.