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'EastEnders': Danniella Westbrook Hopes For 'More Permanent Return' As Sam Mitchell

She'll be back to play Sam Mitchell later this year, but could she be back for good?

24/03/2016 16:27 GMT

Danniella Westbrook has opened up about her upcoming return to ‘EastEnders’, admitting she hopes that her brief comeback will lead to something more permanent.

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The ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ finalist is returning to Albert Square in the near future, alongside Ross Kemp, in a one-off appearance for the funeral of their soap mum, Peggy Mitchell - played by the newly-appointed Dame Barbara Windsor.

Speaking about her forthcoming stint in the soap, Danniella told the ‘Loose Women’ panel: “I’m going to be back with both my boys, Ross [Kemp] and Steve [MacFadden], sadly, for Peggy’s funeral. But I’m glad we’re all back together, and it’s a great honour to be asked to go back and to send Barbara’s character off.

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Danniella Westbrook on Thursday's 'Loose Women'

“I love that show, it’s like going home. I feel immensely lucky that I’m here and I’m still doing it-  and that I’ve still got that chance to go back. I’m super excited, because I didn’t ever think that we’d get all the Mitchells back together, whatever the circumstances.”

Asked whether she thought her one-off appearance could lead to a permanent return to the BBC soap, Danniella continued: “It’s a one-off at the moment, because our boss Dominic [Treadwell-Collins] is leaving, we’ve got a new boss stepping in. So hopefully the new boss will take me up as a full-time character.”

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