Penny Branning: who is she? Character from EastEnders makes a comeback

After not been seen since 2008, Penny Branning has returned to EastEnders (picture courtesy of BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron).

A few well-known faces are really making a comeback to EastEnders, even if the majority of viewers are still in shock at the death of a character following the shocking finale of The Six saga.

Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) will be seeing her cousin Penny Branning when she returns to Albert Square when she returns to EastEnders.

What may the reappearance of Penny entail, considering that the last time the character was seen in Walford was in 2008?

But just who is Penny, when did she leave Albert Square – and who is playing her now?

Here’s all the information you need on the soap’s latest returnee…

Who is Penny Branning?

Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) is the sole surviving child of his first marriage to Selina Branning (Daisy Beaumont). Penny Branning is her name.

The character debuted in the series with her mother in 2008 and was featured in a few episodes before becoming paralyzed from the waist down as a result of being ran over by one of Jack’s criminal friends.

2008 saw a few appearances by Penny Branning (Picture: BBC)

That year, she moved out to live in France with her mother, but she kept stopping by Walford, putting herself in the way of Jack’s two current loves, Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner) and Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack).

Who portrayed Penny Branning at the beginning?
Actress Mia McKenna-Bruce played the original Penny.

As of right now, Mia, 26, is starring in the November 3 release of the British drama film How To Have Sex. She also plays Mia Karp in the US fantasy horror series Vampire Academy and has made appearances in the CBBC series Get Even, Persuasion, and Tracy Beaker Returns, where she played Tee Taylor.

The first kid of Mia McKenna-Bruce was just born (Picture: Getty Images)

Mia and her fiancé Tom Leach recently brought a son into the world.

Right now, who is Penny Branning?
Actress Kitty Castledine will portray Penny Branning in her new role.
Kitty, the daughter of Homes Under The Hammer anchor Lucy Alexander, received her acting debut in EastEnders after graduating from the London Academy of Music and Drama this summer.

Kitty is the daughter of host Lucy Alexander of Homes Under The Hammer (Image: Shutterstock).

“I can’t believe I’m starting my EastEnders experience so soon after drama school,” Kitty said upon joining the cast.

“My entire family watches EastEnders together, and now they get to see me on Albert Square. I recall watching the show on my Nanny Kay’s knee.”

I’m excited to be portraying a character as feisty and cool as Penny because, as a wheelchair user, I think it’s so essential to have challenged talent represented on television. She’s thrust right into the thick of things, and I’m excited to watch what she does.

“Kitty is a tremendous addition to the show, and we’re looking forward to having Penny back in Albert Square,” Chris Clenshaw continued.

Tonight at 8:25 p.m. on BBC One, EastEnders will resume.

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