'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?

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.

<strong> Danniella Westbrook on Thursday's 'Loose Women'</strong>
Danniella Westbrook on Thursday's 'Loose Women'
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“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.”

<strong>Barbara Windsor and Steve MacFadden</strong>
Barbara Windsor and Steve MacFadden
BBC

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.

Her final scenes will air in late spring.

Watch Danniella's full 'Loose Women' interview below:

Pat Evans (Pam St. Clement, 1986-2012)

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