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Denise Van Outen To Join 'EastEnders'? Star In Secret Talks To Become Queen Vic Landlady

23/05/2013 07:32 BST

Denise Van Outen could be tottering into Albert Square after having secret talks to join the EastEnders cast.

The actress is reportedly being lined up to follow in Barbara Windsor and Anita Dobson's footsteps by playing the landlady of the Queen Vic pub.

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Denise Van Outen

This isn't the first time the 38-year-old 'Strictly' star has been approached by soap bosses, having turned them down twice in the past.

But show sources say this time she's ready to sign on the dotted line.

A source told The Mirror: “It could be a brilliant casting move.

“She would be a perfect addition to the team with her stunning looks and hugely impressive acting credentials.”

Denise - who has starred in the likes of 'Chicago' and 'Where The Heart Is' - has admitted she's a huge fan of the BBC soap.

“I love EastEnders and I know quite a few people in the cast," she said last year. "I went to school with Nicola Stapleton [Mandy] and Samantha Womack [Ronnie]. And Chris Parker, who used to play Spencer, is one of my best mates.”

Meanwhile, Denise's hubby, Lee Mead has spoken out to dispel rumours that their marriage is in trouble.

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Denise with her husband, Lee Mead

Talking about the rumours to new! magazine, he said: "It all came as a bit of a surprise, really. It isn’t very nice.

'It’s hard being away. You balance everything and work it as best you can.'

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