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.
“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.”
The announcement of Barbara’s character’s death came as a surprise to ‘EastEnders’ viewers, when Peggy Mitchell broke the news to her on-screen son, Phil, that she was suffering from terminal cancer back in January.
When quizzed about why she made the tough decision to leave her iconic soap role for good, Barbara said: “Everyone knows I love ‘EastEnders’ and that will never change. Peggy is a character close to my heart but I made the decision a while ago that I need to say goodbye to Peggy once and for all as otherwise she will always be there, urging me to go back and that is something I need to shut the door on.
“After thinking long and hard about it, I realised that it is time for me and the audience to say our final farewells to the lady who I have loved for many years and I thought that whilst the guvnor [executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins], who I adore, is still in charge, I want him to be the one to oversee it.”
Her final scenes will air in late spring.
Watch Danniella's full 'Loose Women' interview below: