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Danniella Westbrook returns to EastEnders as Sam Mitchell

Sam Mitchell is to return to EastEnders later this year for mum Peggy’s funeral, the Mirror has exclusively confirmed.


Danniella Westbrook will reprise her role as the feisty blonde for Dame Barbara Windsor’s final episodes playing Peggy Mitchell.

Sam left Walford in 2010 with her newborn son Richard, whose father is Jack Branning. It is unknown whether Sam, or Grant, who is also returning, will bring their children Courtney and Richard with them.

© ITV / Rex
© ITV / Rex

Speaking about her return, Westbrook said: “I’m really excited to be going back to ­EastEnders. It feels right the ­Mitchells are all back for Peggy’s funeral, and I can’t wait to work alongside everyone again”

EastEnders’ departing executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added: “It is only right that all of Peggy Mitchell’s children would be at her funeral. Danniella is the final piece of the Mitchell jigsaw puzzle, so it will be great for viewers to see Phil, Grant and Sam all back on screen.”

“Sam will only be back for a few episodes, but these scenes are bound to go down in the soap’s history.”

Peggy’s death is expected to air this Spring on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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