The 'EastEnders' star was playing golf on holiday in Thailand when the accident happened and has undergone emergency surgery to rebuild his face.
The Thames river features in the aerial shot of London that has made up the soap’s opening credits since the show began in 1985.
The professional's celebrity partner Emma Barton revealed the news during an appearance on 'Strictly: It Takes Two'.
The soap actors will reportedly join existing celebs Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright and Kate Garraway later this week.
She first joined the soap in 1998 but her character has now met a grisly end.
The actress known for playing Hayley Slater in the BBC soap was revealed by a Sunday tabloid to be working as a security guard in a discount store since leaving the show.
The former 'EastEnders' star is making a rare public appearance to ask for dementia care investment.