After nine years away from Albert Square Danniella Westbrook, who played Mitchell sibling Sam, is to return to the award-winning soap.
She was a teenager when she took over the role of the fiesty Walford troublemaker in 1990, but quit the programme in 2000 after struggling with substance abuse.
In the interim her role was taken over by Kim Medcalf, with her character last seen heading off to join her brother in Brazil.
“I’m really happy; it feels just like coming home," said the actress when news of her reinstatement was confirmed.
“I’m looking forward to working with the others and I can’t wait to get the scripts to see what Sam has been up to since she was last in the Square.”
The first episodes featuring Danniella will be filmed this summer.
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