After nearly a decade away from the soap, actor Ross Kemp will return to Walford as part of a storyline saying goodbye to his on-screen mother Peggy, played by Dame Barbara Windsor.
Announcing the news today, he said: "When I was approached about returning to EastEnders for Barbara's final episodes, it was something I could not turn down. Barbara is a very close friend so when I learned of the storyline, it felt right that the Mitchell brothers are reunited with their mother for the last time.
"I am really looking forward to going back to EastEnders and filming what are set to be some classic EastEnders episodes."
Grant arrived in Albert Square back in 1990 alongside onscreen brother Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden. While Phil is still part of the show, the last time we saw Grant was back in 2006.
His return was announced following Peggy's dramatic surprise appearance in Walford last week, where she revealed she's battling terminal cancer. Grant's reappearance in the square will coincide with Peggy's last-ever episodes later this year.
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, executive producer, said: "Ross Kemp is top of every EastEnders fan's return wish list. And being an EastEnders fan myself, he has been at the top of mine.
"Grant Mitchell is an EastEnders legend and finally he is returning home to Walford to say goodbye to his mother and be reunited not just with his old loves but also his brother. To have the Mitchell brothers come face to face again, having to face losing their mother, is an opportunity to show Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden at their very best.
"We are all so excited finally to have Ross back on the Square - and to have Ross Kemp, Barbara Windsor, Steve McFadden, Letitia Dean and Gillian Taylforth all on screen together at the same time as Peggy makes an exit like no other, this promises to be something very special."
As well as Peggy's illness, Grant's return will see him coming face to face with brother Phil, who is battling alcoholism and is now married to Grant's ex-wife Sharon. Another ex-wife, Kathy, also lives in the square.
We can't wait!