- By Tom Bryant
HARDMAN Grant Mitchell is to make a sensational return to EastEnders.
Ross Kemp will briefly reprise his role during Barbara Windsor’s final scenes as his on-screen mum, Peggy.
Dame Barbara made a surprise return to the BBC soap herself on Friday as Peggy revealed that her cancer had returned.
She is not scheduled to appear again until her final episodes in late spring, when Kemp will also make his comeback.
Grant first arrived in Albert Square in 1990 alongside his brother, Phil, played by Steve McFadden.
He has been involved in some classic storylines, including his marriage
to Tiffany (Martine McCutcheon) and her death, Sharon-gate and various run-ins with Phil.
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Kemp left the soap in 1999 but has made a couple of brief comebacks.
He said: “When I was approached about returning 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’m really looking forward to going back to EastEnders and filming what are set to be some classic episodes.”
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Grant’s return is likely to cause drama in Walford as Albert Square is still home to his ex-wife Sharon (Letitia Dean), who is now married to Phil, and Phil’s ex-wife Kathy (Gillian Taylforth), who had an affair with Grant.
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: “Ross Kemp is top of every EastEnders fan’s return wish list.
“We are all so excited finally to have Ross back on the Square – and to have him, Barbara, Steve, Letitia and Gillian all on screen together at the same time as Peggy makes an exit like no other. This promises to be something very special.”
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