Ross Kemp confirms EastEnders return
Ross Kemp is returning to 'EastEnders'.
The 51-year-old actor - who last appeared in the soap as Grant Mitchell 10 years ago - will return to the BBC One soap to bid farewell to his onscreen mother Peggy Mitchell (Dame Barbara Windsor, 78), who is dying of cancer.
Ross said: "When I was approached about returning to 'EastEnders' for Barbara's final episodes, it was something I could not turn down. Barbara is a very close friend. When I learned of the storyline, it felt right that the Mitchell brothers are reunited with their mother for the last time. I am really looking forward to filming what will be classic 'EastEnders' episodes."
Grant's reappearance in Walford will also see him reunited with his brother Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden, 56), who is now married to Grant's ex-wife Sharon (Letitia Dean, 48).
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: "Grant Mitchell is an 'EastEnders' legend and finally he is returning home to Walford to say goodbye to his mother and be reunited not just with his old loves but also his brother.
"To have the Mitchell brothers come face to face again, having to face losing their mother, is an opportunity to show Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden at their very best.
"We are all so excited finally to have Ross back on the Square - and to have Ross Kemp, Barbara Windsor, Steve McFadden, Letitia Dean and Gillian Taylforth all on screen together at the same time as Peggy makes an exit like no other, this promises to be something very special."