'EastEnders' Spoiler: Denise Welch Joins Soap As Kyle Slater's Mother

Denise is swapping the cobbles for Albert Square for a new acting role.

Denise Welch has landed a new part in ‘EastEnders’, which will see her put her at the heart of one of the soap’s biggest current storylines.

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The TV actress, who famously played Rovers Return landlady Natalie Barnes for three years in ‘Coronation Street’, has bagged the role of Alison Slater, the mother of Albert Square newcomer Kyle Slater.

Speaking about her short stint in ‘EastEnders’, Denise has gushed: “I'm thrilled to be part of such an iconic show. I have friends in the cast and can't wait to start.

"It's a short stint but such a powerful role and I'm thrilled to be taking it on."

<strong> Denise Welch</strong>
Denise Welch
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Although it’s not yet clear how long Alison will remain in Walford, it has been reported that Denise’s character will be revealed to be struggling to come to terms with the fact that her son is transgender.

Since winning ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ in 2012, Denise has left her recurring spot on the ‘Loose Women’ panel and returned to her first love of acting, appearing in a touring production of ‘Steel Magnolias’ and the new BBC sitcom, ‘Boy Meets Girl’, which was recently picked up for a second series.

<strong>Kyle told his half-sister he was transgender in emotional scenes earlier this week</strong>
Kyle told his half-sister he was transgender in emotional scenes earlier this week
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Although Kyle - played by Riley Carter Millington, the first ever transgender actor to land a permanent role in a soap - first appeared in ‘EastEnders’ last year, his storyline has only been developed recently.

In Tuesday night’s episode, he was shown revealing his transgender status to his half-sister Stacey Slater, who previously insisted they couldn’t be related because all of her other siblings had been girls.

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