Danniella Westbrook IS returning to EastEnders, it has been confirmed!

Published Sunday, Feb 28 2016, 08:46 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Danniella Westbrook will be returning to EastEnders as Sam Mitchell.

After weeks of rumours and wishful thinking, the BBC1 soap have confirmed that the actress will be back in Albert Square later this year for a special storyline. Yah!

Danniella Westbrook outside ITV Studios - 8 February 2016.

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Danniella, who was a finalist in this year's Celebrity Big Brother, will reprise the popular role of Sam for Peggy's emotional send-off.

All the Mitchell siblings - Sam, Phil and Grant - will reunite on screen for Peggy's funeral.

It's been six years since Danniella/Sam was last seen on screen in the long-running soap.

CBB Day 30: Danniella in the press conference task

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She told the Daily Mirror: "I'm really excited to be going back to ­EastEnders.

"It feels right the Mitchells are all back for Peggy's funeral, and I can't wait to work alongside everyone again."

EastEnders: Peggy, Grant and Phil Mitchell.


Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: "It is only right that all of Peggy Mitchell's children would be at her funeral.

"Danniella is the final piece of the Mitchell jigsaw puzzle, so it will be great for viewers to see Phil, Grant and Sam all back on screen.

"Sam will only be back for a few episodes, but these scenes are bound to go down in the soap's history."

Barbara Windsor returns to EastEnders as Peggy Mitchell.
15 January 2016.


Peggy (Barbara Windsor) returned to the soap in January with the terrible news that her cancer had returned and that she's dying.

Producer Dominic had previously teased that the scenes would be "epic".

Speaking on The One Show in February, he explained: "It's gonna be epic. It's got to be epic! Everyone's got such high expectations for it."

As a result of Peggy's exit, soap bosses announced the news (that we were ALL waiting for) that Ross Kemp would briefly reprise his role as Peggy's son Grant.

Talking about Ross' return, Dominic said: "'I think [with] Barbara leaving, he had no choice. I've had a lot of dinners with him trying to woo him to get him to come back, but he's so busy. And then finally, the stars have aligned – everyone at work's very excited about it!"

We. Can't. Wait.

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