Letitia Dean to reprise her role as Sharon Watts on BBC1 soap 'Eastenders' later this year!

Eastenders icon Sharon Watts is set to make a sensational return to the BBC1 soap as Letitia Dean is reprising her role as the show favourite later this year. Sharon, who was in the show from its' first episode in 1985 as the rebellious adoptive daughter of Den and Angie Watts has been the centre of many memorable storylines over the year most notably the storyline which saw her embarking on an affair with husband Grant's brother Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden).

Letitia who last starred as Sharon in 2006 has been treading the boards in various stage producitions since leaving the show but has said various times that she wouldn't rule out returning to the show as Sharon. And it seems that this statement came true as confirmation came today that she will be reprising the role with Dean commenting: "I am really looking forward to being part of the EastEnders team again, as it has always been very close to my heart. I cannot wait to work with my old colleagues and see what is in store for Sharon.''

Meanwhile, executive producer for the show, Bryan Kirkwood added: ''I'm thrilled that Letitia is coming back home... Sharon is a real favourite amongst EastEnders' fans and I for one can't wait until she arrives back in the summer." It is expected that she will return with Dennis Jr. the child she was pregnant with when adoptive brother and husband Dennis Rickman was murdered and she fled Walford.