EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa, who plays Lauren Branning, has revealed she is eager to return to the soap full-time.
The actress took a year off filming after she gave birth to her first daughter, Ella. The fan-favourite character left the doom and gloom of Albert Square behind for a new life in New Zealand with Peter Beale. Lauren made a brief return in September for Max Branning’s murder trial.
Speaking to The Sun, the actress said: “To me, EastEnders is home and I could never imagine not going back. I feel ready now – Ella is at a good age. I don’t feel like I’m being a horrible mum, whereas before I was like: ‘No, I’m never leaving her, ever!’
“For myself, I really badly need to work. I’ve loved being all ‘baby, baby’, but I said to Daniel [Osborne] that now I need to get my life back in order. Your life can’t stop because you’ve got a baby – it can all fit in and work together.
Lauren Branning left Walford with boyfriend Peter in February, before Jossa returned for a brief guest-stint in September.
“I’ve been itching to get back, and I get jealous when I see it. Lacey [Turner, who plays Stacey Branning] has been my idol since before I even joined the cast, and I watch her and can’t wait to get back and just smash it.
“I love a big, angry storyline. I just want more pain. It’s boring when they’re happy. EastEnders is best at misery, sadness and anger, and I just miss screaming, crying – they’re the scenes I am best at.”