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EastEnders’ Laila Morse is RETURNING to the soap and vows to cause chaos after a three-year absence – with Bobby Brazier also heading back to the Square following his Strictly stint


EastEnders legend Laila Morse is returning to the soap this spring after a three-year absence, with her character Big Mo set to cause chaos on the Square.

The soap battleaxe is known for her dodgy money-making schemes, and will once again be wreaking havoc with the Slater clan.

When she returns for a permanent stint, Laila will also be joined by Bobby Brazier, who is reprising his role as Freddie Slater after taking a break to star on Strictly.

Speaking about her return, Laila said: ‘EastEnders holds such a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to be reunited with my on-screen family, who are like my family, as well as old and new faces.

Laila originally joined the EastEnders back in 2000, and after leaving in 2016, returned two years later for a three-year stint.

EastEnders legend Laila Morse is returning to the soap this spring after a three-year absence, with her character Big Mo set to cause chaos on the Square

EastEnders legend Laila Morse is returning to the soap this spring after a three-year absence, with her character Big Mo set to cause chaos on the Square

Some of Big Mo’s most memoral plots included helping a teenage Sonia Fowler give birth on Dot Cotton’s sofa, and faking Kat Slater’s death in a money-making scheme. 

While Big Mo bid farewell to Walford in 2021, she did return briefly for Kat’s disastrous wedding to Phil Mitchell in 2022.

Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said: ‘Although her time away has been short-lived, the Slater family has endured a huge amount of drama. Mo’s return will be no different.

‘We’re delighted to welcome Laila back permanently as she is thrust into the heart of the drama alongside great-grandson Freddie [played by Bobby Brazier].’

Freddie himself took a break from the Square after being faced with prison for attacking Stacey’s stalker Theo Hawthorne, going to stay with his mother Little Mo.

The exit tied into Bobby’s stint on Strictly Come Dancing last year, which saw him reach the final with Dianne Buswell. 

It comes after it was revealed that EastEnders would be airing two dramatic flashback episodes to mark the return of iconic character Bianca Jackson.

The specials will tell five weeks worth of storylines looking back at pregnant Whitney Dean’s January trip to see her step mother Bianca (Patsy Palmer) in Milton Keynes.

When she returns for a permanent stint, Laila will also be joined by Bobby Brazier, who is reprising his role as Freddie Slater after taking a break to star on Strictly

When she returns for a permanent stint, Laila will also be joined by Bobby Brazier, who is reprising his role as Freddie Slater after taking a break to star on Strictly

The soap battleaxe is known for her dodgy money-making schemes, and will once again be wreaking havoc with the Slater clan

The soap battleaxe is known for her dodgy money-making schemes, and will once again be wreaking havoc with the Slater clan

The character, played by Shona McGarthy, is joined by partner Zack Hudson (James Farrar and soon finds herself embroiled in drama ahead of her upcoming exit after 15-years on the BBC soap.

The flashbacks will show five weeks’ worth of storylines as Whitney becomes concerned for youngster Britney (Lola Campbell) who lives on Bianca’s estate and becomes dangerously involved in her difficult home life. 

EastEnders’ Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw said: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome the immensely talented Lola Campbell to the cast of EastEnders as she takes on the role of Britney’. 

‘The special episodes, which coincide with Patsy Palmer’s return, will showcase five weeks’ worth of storyline as we follow Whitney and Zack during their time in Milton Keynes,’ 

Adding:’But it’s not long before the pair are thrust into the heart of the drama after Whitney grows concerned for Britney’s wellbeing’.

It comes after filming showed Whitney in a dramatic scene as she came face to face with Britney’s mother. 

It comes after it was revealed that EastEnders would be airing two dramatic flashback episodes to mark the return of iconic character Bianca Jackson

It comes after it was revealed that EastEnders would be airing two dramatic flashback episodes to mark the return of iconic character Bianca Jackson 

The specials will tell five weeks worth of storylines looking back at pregnant Whitney's January trip to see her step mother Bianca (Patsy Palmer, pictured) in her new home of Milton Keynes.

The specials will tell five weeks worth of storylines looking back at pregnant Whitney’s January trip to see her step mother Bianca (Patsy Palmer, pictured) in her new home of Milton Keynes.

Tragedy then quickly struck after heavily pregnant character suddenly gets hit by a car, sparking speculation that the star could be about to have a heartbreaking end to her time on the show. 

During the devastating scene, Zack and Sonia can be seen looking on in utter shock as they witness Whitney being run over and the scene ends on a dramatic cliffhanger.

However, fans will have to wait and see whether this tragic accident will be linked to her exit.

It comes after Shona, 31, revealed last year that she would be quitting the soap after portraying Whitney for 15 years, after joining at the age of 16 in 2008.



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