28/04/2016 12:54 BST | Updated 28/04/2016 13:13 BST

'EastEnders': Denise Welch Eyes Longer Stint As Kyle Slater's Mum, Alison

The ex-'Loose Woman' wants her one-episode role to be extended.

Denise Welch has revealed she is hoping for a longer stint in 'EastEnders'. 

The former 'Loose Women' panellist is set to appear on the BBC soap next week as Alison Slater - the mother of Stacey Branning's new-found brother, Kyle. 

And while the character will only feature in one episode, Denise has said she would like to return to Walford again in the future.

Denise Welch as Alison Slater in 'EastEnders'

She told Inside Soap magazine: "I'm only in the one episode. If there is one character I would love to share a scene with, though, it's Dot.

"I was in make-up for an hour with June Brown, who plays her, and it was absolutely brilliant. I am a huge fan of hers!"

Despite being a soap veteran, having appeared in 'Coronation Street' from 1997 to 2000 as Rovers Return landlady Natalie Horrocks, Denise couldn't quite believe it when she set foot on the iconic 'EastEnders' set.

"No matter how long in the tooth you get, it's always exciting to be part of a show you've watched for years," she said. 

"As soon as I arrived, I did a scene in the Square and thought, 'Oh my God, I'm in Walford!' I thought it was so bizarre and I couldn't quite believe I was there."

Alison is set to arrive in Albert Square next week

Alison's arrival in Albert Square is set to be an emotional one, with it being the first time she has seen her Kyle since he began living his life as a man. 

"Alison hasn't seen Kyle since he transitioned, and she's never met Stacey so this is a massive deal for all of them," Denise told Digital Spy.  

"We don't know too much about Alison except that she runs a B&B in Blackpool. I think she's been a good mother, and she's someone who keeps her emotions close to her chest."

Denise's first scenes air on Tuesday (3 May) at 7.30pm on BBC One. 

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