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22/12/2017 00:01 GMT

'EastEnders' To Introduce Mel Owen's Son Hunter When Tamzin Outhwaite Returns

Their arrival will follow the exits of Lauren and Abi Branning.

Following the news Kat Moon will be returning with two other Slaters, ‘EastEnders’ bosses have announced Mel Owen will not be alone when she also makes her way back to Walford next year. 

It has been revealed Mel will be joined by 15-year-old son, Hunter, when Tamzin Outhwaite reprises the role.

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Mel Owen will not be alone when she returns to Walford

Long-term fans of the BBC soap will remember that when Mel left the Square in 2002, she was pregnant with late husband Steve’s child. 

Since then viewers have never known if Mel had a son or a daughter but when she returns to Walford in the New Year, Hunter will not be far behind.

The teenager will be played by newcomer Charlie Winter, who said of his first acting role: “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be on such an iconic show as ‘EastEnders’.

“It still feels really surreal that this has happened. It’s an exciting time for me and I can’t wait to get stuck in and for everyone to meet Hunter.”

Hunter is described as “charming and charismatic” just like his father, but while it appears he shares Steve’s good traits, a dark side has also been teased.  

Charlie has started filming and will be on screen in the New Year.

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Tamzin announced she was returning back in October

His arrival in Walford will follow the departures of Jacqueline Jossa and Lorna Fitzgerald, who will be leaving as Lauren and Abi Branning over Christmas.

Harry Reid is also set to bow out as Ben Mitchell, while Ted Reilly’s exit as Johnny Carter was announced earlier this week. 

Meanwhile, Maisie Smith also making a comeback as Tiffany Butcher, while Kat Moon will also be joined by Jean Slater and Big Mo when she returns next year. 

Catch up on all the latest soap news and spoilers here.  

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