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'EastEnders' Fans Call For Danniella Westbrook To Return As Sam Mitchell, Following Grant Mitchell Comeback Confirmation

18/01/2016 13:36 GMT | Updated 18/01/2016 13:59 GMT

EastEnders’ fans have called for Danniella Westbrook to return to the soap as Sam Mitchell, following the news that Ross Kemp is set to reprise his role as her brother Grant Mitchell.

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Viewers of the BBC soap want to see a full Mitchell family reunion for Peggy’s final scenes, which will air when the iconic character is killed off later this year.

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Danniella Westbrook played Sam Mitchell

When Ross announced that he was heading back to Walford on Monday (18 January) morning as part of his on-screen mother’s new storyline, fans took to Twitter to call for Danniella’s return.

Danniella is currently in the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house, having last appeared as Sam Mitchell on ‘EastEnders’ back in 2010, when the character left Walford to live with Grant in Portugal.

She first appeared as the youngest Mitchell child back in 1990, and continued to play the part on-and-off until 2000.

However, bosses recast the role in 2002, with Kim Medcalfe taking over until her departure in 2005, as Danniella was battling drug addiction when it was decided to bring the character back.

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Kim Medcalfe also played Sam between 2002 and 2005

Announcing his return as Grant, Ross said he was “really looking forward to" playing the hardman again.

“When I was approached about returning to ‘EastEnders’ for Barbara’s final episodes, it was something I could not turn down,” he said.

“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.”

Peggy's final scenes are set to air in the spring.

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