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Jacqueline Jossa teases EastEnders return for Lauren Branning

She was recently crowned Queen of the Jungle

Jacqueline Jossa says she might return to EastEnders “one day” – but is hoping to land a musical theatre role next.

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner departed the BBC One soap in February 2018 after her character Lauren Branning – who she had played from 2010 – fell off the roof of the Queen Vic pub, but somehow survived.

And the 27-year-old star admits she would “never say never” about heading back to the show.

Jacqueline Jossa on Lorraine
Never say never… (Credit: ITV)

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Asked if she would return to EastEnders, she said: “Maybe one day, I would never, ever say never.

“I got thrown off a building, and I hobbled off with a walking stick.

“She’s somewhere, I think she might be in New Zealand.

“I loved it there [on EastEnders], it was amazing.”

EastEnders' Lauren walked away from Josh to an uncertain future
Lauren left in 2018 (Credit: BBC)

The Queen of the Jungle admits she would love to land some musical theatre roles next year, or even release some of her own music, but admits her “heart” will always be with TV acting.

Maybe one day, I would never, ever say never.

Speaking on Lorraine, she added: “I haven’t really met up with management and all of that.

“I think I want to do some form of theatre, maybe musical theatre, maybe my own music?

“Obviously, my heart is always with acting so back on the telly doing something like that.”

Jacqueline Jossa
Jacqueline won the latest series of I’m A Celeb (Credit: ITV)

Jacqueline’s comments come after she is said to have turned down an EastEnders return four months ago.

A pal recently told The Sun Online: “Jacqueline had a few conversations with bosses about a big return four months before she entered the jungle.

“After weighing up her options she just felt the money wasn’t enough compared to what she could earn elsewhere.”

She is said to be keen to try her hand at other projects after leaving the soap.

Jacqueline Jossa on Lorraine
An EastEnders return isn’t a definite no (Credit: ITV)

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The pal added: “She loves EastEnders and thoroughly enjoyed her time on the show but Jacqueline is a very talented young woman and not just when it comes to acting.

“There are lots of strings to her bow and there’s lots of things she wants to try, which she can’t do when she’s on EastEnders.”

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