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Sam Mitchell is back in the Square!: Danniella Westbrook returns to filming

Danniella Westbrook has today (May 3rd) returned to filming for EastEnders, almost six years since her last appearance as the mouthy Mitchell girl.

Sam Mitchell is returning for her mother Peggy’s funeral, after she loses her battle with cancer this Spring.

Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 03/05/2016 - Episode: EastEnders - Sam Mitchell (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Sam Mitchell (DANIELLA WESTBROOK) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
© BBC / Kieron McCarron

Westbrook is pictured above standing outside the Albert Square gardens, sporting a brand new short hairstyle.

Seeming over the moon to be back, the actress posted an image to Instagram outside the fictional Walford East tube station, with the caption: “First day back in Walford”.

She also posted a picture of the Queen Vic, her alter-ego’s former home, writing: “Something’s in life are timeless and this is one of those things”.

Finally, sharing yet another image to her Instagram feed, Westbrook posted a behind-the-scenes-pic of her and co-star Rita Simons, who plays Roxy Mitchell.

Sam’s return is expected to air this Spring on BBC One.

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