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Friday 3rd July 2020

Jacqueline Jossa gives fans serious hint she's returning to EastEnders

Could Lauren Branning make a comeback?

Jacqueline Jossa has given her fans a serious hint that she'll be returning to EastEnders in the future.

The actress, 27, hasn't been seen in Albert Square since 2018 - but that hasn't stopped soap fans from hoping she'll return.

Jacqueline Jossa as Lauren Branning (Credit: BBC)

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Ever since Jac's character Lauren Branning left Walford in favour of New Zealand, viewers have begged for her to make a comeback.

Maybe one day. She's not dead yet.

Just recently, the return of her ex-beau Peter Beale only helped to intensify the speculation.

Now, the star and winner of I'm A Celebrity 2019, has revealed she could well be back.

Lauren with dad Max in EastEnders (Credit: BBC)

According to The Sun Online, Jacqueline teased her return on an Instagram Q&A with her 2.6million followers.

The mother-of-two was asked if she would ever play Lauren again, to which she replied: "Maybe one day. She's not dead yet."

Fans were delighted with the news, with one replying: "OMG imagine if Jacqueline did actually return to EastEnders! It would be the best thing to happen in years!"

Another added: "Jac Jossa making a return to EastEnders would make my year! Oh my goodness!"

Jac won I'm A Celebrity in 2019 (Credit: ITV)

A third told her: "Would love to see you back on Albert Square, gal. Hasn't been the same since you've left!"

It's not the first time the actress has hinted she could return, either!

She paid tribute to the BBC soap on its 35th anniversary, saying: "Happy 35th @bbceastenders!

"I had such an amazing time and loved Lauren Branning with all of my heart! I miss you Lozza, maybe see you again one day!"

Fans rushed to comment on the post.

One commented: "Miss you being on EastEnders."

A second wrote: "You have to come back, especially now Peter is too!"

Another said: "Come back to EastEnders. We miss Lauren Branning."

Jacqueline took over the role of Lauren from Madeline Duggan in 2010.

During Jacqueline's time playing Lauren, her character struggled with a drinking problem, gave birth to her first child and discovered her late boyfriend Steven had been cheating on her with her sister, Abi.

The Brannings had a huge Christmas storyline in 2017 (Credit: BBC)

On Christmas Day 2017, Lauren and pregnant Abi tried to get their dad Max off the roof of The Vic.

Both sisters ended up falling off the roof and, while Lauren survived, Abi was declared brain dead.

After Abi delivered her daughter, who was later called Abi Jr in memory of her mother, Max and Tanya made the decision to turn off her life support.

Following Abi's funeral, Lauren decided to move to New Zealand where she reunited with Peter Beale, who is the father of her son Louis.

Lauren left Walford in 2018 with son Louis (Credit: BBC)

Lauren was mentioned recently when Max learnt that Lauren and Peter had split up.

Peter has returned to Walford, played by new actor Dayle Hudson, which has left soap fans keen to see his ex-girlfriend Lauren return too.

Writing on Digital Spy Forums, one said: "Lauren obviously has ties to Peter and Max and I think it is inevitable that EastEnders will want to look at her relationship with Peter as they have a son together."

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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