Jacqueline Jossa will reprise her role as Lauren Branning in EastEnders.
The Sun says that Lauren’s “stormy” homecoming narrative around the New Year is intrinsically related to Cindy Beale, portrayed by Michelle Collins, who was last seen briefly on screen three months ago when she briefly pondered a relationship with Peter Beale before taking her bags once more.
Jossa, who had previously departed the drama after eight years in 2018, stated, “I’m incredibly delighted.”
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“With all the excitement around EastEnders at the moment, it’s such a wonderful time to be back. I’ve been enjoying it as much as a fan.
“I hold a special place in my heart for Walford, so it truly feels like coming home.”
Chris Clenshaw, the executive producer of EastEnders, commented on the good news by saying that he intends to exploit Jossa’s reappearance to increase the show’s signature family drama.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Jacqueline back to the Lauren Branning role. Only a few months have passed since we last saw Lauren on television, but she and the Beales still have a lot of unresolved issues, he hinted.
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We are happy to welcome Jacqueline back in the Square as she carries on the Branning family tradition of being at the center of the drama in Walford.
The actress (who was named Queen of the Jungle in 2019) thought back on balancing parenting with a full-time soap opera career earlier this year.
She said, “I love the show so much and probably would have been there otherwise, but I was happier to be with the kids more.”
“I never really understood it since I was a child when I started and was usually on set. Being on the soap is difficult if you’re a parent. I recall Jo Joyner having twins about the time I joined and struggled to juggle everything. She told me lately that you should follow your heart because the children always come first, and they do.
BBC One broadcasts EastEnders from Monday through Thursday at 7.30 p.m. The program is also available on BBC iPlayer.