Jean Slater returning to Eastenders for short stint!

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Eastenders is set to welcome Jean Slater back to the show for a short stint later this year as actress Gillian Wright reprises the role of the poplar character.

Wright will return to Walford as Jean later this year when she is reunited with her daughter Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), who returned to screens earlier this year.

Speaking about her return, Wright commented: ''I feel very honoured to be asked to reprise my role as Jean Slater for a short while. The storyline promises to be challenging and exciting!''

''I look forward to playing again with old friends and new, and to pick up the special relationship between Stacey and Jean."

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the show's Exeuctive Producer enthused: ''We are so pleased to have Gillian back with us to reprise her role as Jean Slater, albeit briefly. Stacey and Jean have such a rich, loving but difficult history.''

''There is still so much to plumb between them as we delve deeper into what it means to have bipolar disorder as a mother but also as a daughter. There are some truly heartbreaking scenes ahead for our audience."

Wright has played the role of the bipolar sufferer on and off since 2004 with her last appearance being in September 2013 when Jean left Walford with her boyfriend Ollie.

Her performance of Jean has been widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike, her portrayal being acknowledged by the mental health charity Mind at the Mental Health Media Awards in 2009.

Lacey Turner will return to screens later this year, with her character currently in prison awaiting trial for the murder of Archie Mitchell which she finally admitted to earlier this year when she returned to Walford.

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