Walford is set to get a shock returnee when Ronnie Mitchell heads back to Eastenders, it has been confirmed. Samantha Womack, who played the popular character from 2007 to 2011 has signed a new six-month contract which will see the character return to Albert Square.
Ronnie's exit saw her being jailed for snatching Tommy Moon, the tot of neighbour Kat (Jessie Wallace) after she switched him with her dead baby James on News Year's Eve when she realised that her newborn had passed away in a storyline that attracted a lot of controversy.
As she is ready to be released from prison, Ronnie will make the difficult decision to return to Walford, knowing that she isn't in for an easy ride especially from her husband Jack Branning (Scott Maslen). However, she will be reunited with sister Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons) who will be delighted to have her sister back.
Speaking about the unexpected return, actress Samantha Womack said: ''I am thrilled to be returning to the role of Ronnie for the next six months. Ronnie is coming out of prison and her reappearance in the Square is going to create havoc. I can't wait to be a Mitchell once again!"