" Blackwood, 42, had a UK number 3 single in 2000 with the hit Mama Who Da Man.
He also starred in the BBC's Holby City and played the title character in the 2002 television series Ed Stone Is Dead.
In 2005, Blackwood appeared in Princes of Comedii DVD release.
Blackwood was a presenter for the London radio station Choice FM and did some cover work on Capital FM In 2010, he played Brightie in the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, alongside Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones at the Novello Theatre in London.
The Picker was presented with a board showing six categories, which ranged from physical attributes to preferences in love-making to leisure activities.
They generally were expressed in a humorous style, often with various pop-culture references.
“I always worry that when I meet someone they’ve watched TOWIE and they have a certain perception of me. Also hoping to find a partner is Richard Blackwood, who’s looking to break away from his East Enders bad boy reputation. And, more importantly, will she be interested in him?
In the third season, a Golden Ticket was introduced, which allowed the Picker to save one eliminated player as he or she walked in front of him on the way out of the studio.
"Richard's an authentic Londoner and a terrific actor, bringing with him warmth, humour and energy which will add so many layers to this 21st-century East Enders villain.
The status quo in the Square is about to be well and truly shaken," he added.
He has starred alongside such performers as Amanda Holden, Nigel Lindsay, Nigel Harman, Kimberley Walsh and Neil Mc Dermott.
Co-founder and group chairman, Bartle Bogle Hegarty.