Ross Kemp is returning as Grant Mitchell in EastEnders to bid farewell to his onscreen mother Peggy Mitchell.
Kemp, 51, will be reunited with his brother Phil as Barbara Windsor’s character is killed off.
The actor – who last appeared in the BBC One soap in 2006 – said he could not turn down the offer to return. “Barbara is a very close friend, so when I learned of the storyline it felt right that the Mitchell brothers are reunited with their mother for the last time,” he said.
“I am really looking forward to going back to EastEnders and filming what are set to be some classic EastEnders episodes.”
Kemp also confirmed the news on his Twitter account, posting:
“Overwhelmed by tweets about Grant’s return to @bbceastenders. Credit to @dominictc… and have you ever tried saying no to Dame Barbara?!”
Viewers saw Windsor make an emotional return to Albert Square last week to tell Phil (Steve McFadden) that her cancer had returned.
Producers revealed that Windsor’s final scenes will be filmed in spring.
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: “Grant Mitchell is an EastEnders legend and finally he is returning home to Walford to say goodbye to his mother and be reunited not just with his old loves but also his brother.
“To have the Mitchell brothers come face to face again, having to face losing their mother, is an opportunity to show Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden at their very best.”
Source Evening Standard