Jacqueline Jossa says she’ll ‘obviously’ return to EastEnders as Lauren Branning

Jacqueline Jossa has revealed she will return to EastEnders as her legendary character Lauren Branning in the future.

The 28-year-old actress, who left the square in 2018, has reassured fans that she will “obviously” return to the popular BBC One soap as fans excitedly wait for her to reprise the role onscreen.

She last played the role of Lauren shortly after the funeral of her character’s sister Abi before she disappeared to New Zealand to be with her partner Peter Beale, who has since returned to the soap.

Over the years, the mother-of-two has been hesitant to say whether or not she would re-join the soap in the future despite the fact BBC bosses left the door open for her character to return to Watford.

But in a recent interview with the Mirror, she confirmed she would likely join the soap again in the future when it was right for her character.

She told the publication: “I’ll obviously go back at some point. But it would have to be the right storyline.

“As one of the biggest shows in the country, it would have to work for both them and me because they might not be ready for Lauren Branning, so it depends on timing.”

Jac added: “I’m still in touch with Jake Wood who played my dad on the show, Max Branning.”

Despite being a fan-favourite on the soap in her own right, the star shot to national fame when she was crowned Queen of the Jungle on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in 2019.

The TV star used her reality show success to launch her own fashion line with In The Style which has been a record-breaking success.

Brunette beauty Jac now shares daughters Ella, six, and Mia, three, with her former The Only Way Is Essex star husband Dan Osborne.

When she first left the soap, she opened up about her ambitions to pursue more acting roles outside of the soap.

Speaking at the time, she confessed: “I would like to go into some other things, I'd love to do definitely some more drama, I wouldn’t say no to a film, maybe even some theatre.”

Jac and Dan have since founded a performing arts school, the Jac Jossa Academy in Bexleyheath, South East London, that trains budding actors for a career on the silver screen.

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