EastEnders Jacqueline Jossa reprises Lauren Branning role to bid farewell to Dot

EastEnders Jacqueline Jossa reprises Lauren Branning role to bid farewell to Dot


EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa will be reprising her role as Lauren Branning in tonight's, Monday 12 December, episode.

The 30 year old's character is set to bid a farewell to her step-grandmother Dot Branning. Dot was played by actress June Brown, who died in April earlier this year.

Jacqueline's return comes after she left the soap over four years ago after playing the role of Lauren from 2010 to 2018.

Speaking about the return of her character, Jacqueline told The Express and other media outlets: "I was quite scared and it had only been 4 and a half years.

“But it felt like 33 years. I thought, I can’t remember how to act and then you walk in and see people like Natalie and Scott Maslen and you’re like, ‘Oh there’s Uncle Jack!' I felt like I was home.”

She added: "I was really nervous, I felt I was rusty and I didn’t know if people would still see me as Lauren again.

“But as soon as we were in amongst it and you’re talking about people you know, it’s Dot and you’re catching up with old friends – you get straight back into it.”

Jacqueline also revealed that she found out about her character's return by her agent on WhatsApp.

“It was a WhatsApp message from my agent and they said, ‘You’re not really free these two weeks but you’ve been asked,’ and I was like, ‘We need to move everything’. It was obvious, that was it," she said.

Speaking about her late co-star June, Jacqueline revealed: “I used to be terrified of June.

“Only because it was, what June says goes. She would come in and change the old script…always for the better.

"So I never really learned my lines when we were doing scenes together because I knew she would come in and change this."

She added: "The director would ask, ‘Are you ok with this?’ and I would be like, ‘yes, June said it so we’re doing it.’

“I was a fan of EastEnders before so to come in and she is part of your family, she already feels like your Nan.”

Other characters returning to the BBC soap for Dot's funeral include Colin Russell, Barry Clark and Mary Smith.


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