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Sunday 31st May 2020

Has this EastEnders legend just hinted at a comeback to the show?

EastEnders viewers reluctantly said goodbye to Jacqueline Jossa on Friday night, as her character Lauren Branning left Walford.

Tanya waved goodbye (Credit: BBC)

And we also waved farewell to Lauren's mum Tanya.

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But this might not be the last we'll see of the female Brannings after all.

That's over and out for me..... for now

Jo Joyner, who plays Tanya Branning, shared some news on Twitter, after her appearance for daughter Abi’s funeral episode.

Tanya made her final appearance... for a while (Credit: BBC)

"That's over and out for me..... for now x," she wrote.

Yes, there was a ray of hope in her message with the “for now” – the door is apparently not closed on Tanya forever.

Could this mean she'll come back to Walford one day? We really hope so - after all, she's just left her baby granddaughter in mad Max's clutches. Surely that's got to be worth coming back for?!

Jo hasn’t appeared as a regular in the soap since 2013, but made a very popular comeback at Christmas for the storyline which saw Abi and Lauren fall from the roof of the Queen Vic.

The actress also took the opportunity yesterday to praise her on-screen daughter Jacqueline, writing: "Thanks for all the lovely tweets! I didn’t realise it was on, so not even seen it myself yet.

“But what I do know is that @jacquelineMjos Is such a wonderful actress/mother/beauty that I’m really happy that I got to be there for her goodbye #onward&upward"

Jacq sent a sweet reply...

The young soap star's family also posted sweet messages after Lauren bowed out of Walford after dumping Josh.

Mother Selina wrote on her Twitter account: "Goodbye Lauren Branning!!

"Never been more proud of our daughter jacqueline mary jossa,we love you so much onwards and upwards love mum dad and family."

Jossa replied: "Thank you, it’s all because of you!"

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Jacq also paid tribute to Lauren and Abi on Instagram, writing: "Goodbye to the Branning sisters. I will miss you Lauren Branning. Always," alongside a snap of the two in Albert Square.

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