There's a familiar face heading back to Albert Square as Jacqueline Jossa has been spotted filming scenes as part of sensational return to EastEnders at Dot Branning’s emotional funeral.
The actress, 29, left the soap four years ago when her character moved to New Zealand but is back at the Elstree Studios to give Dot a good send off as part of a special tribute episode to June Brown, who played the iconic character for 35 years.
A horse-drawn hearse with a floral arrangement spelling "Dot" was seen heading to the set and a source told The Sun: “Bosses got in touch with Jacq about returning for Dot’s special episode and she was more than happy to come back.
They added: “She was back last week filming her little guest stint.”
An EastEnders spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by OK!.
After leaving Albert Square, where she spent eight years as Lauren Branning, Jacqueline went on to win I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2019 fans of the character will be pleased to hear that Jacqueline is expected to appear in a couple of episodes, before Lauren returns to New Zealand, even paving the way for a permanent return.
Dot was a huge part of the Branning family, being Jim Branning's (played by John Bardon) widow. The source added: “EastEnders bosses are pulling out all the stops to show just how much June was loved by the cast and crew.
“She was a huge part of EastEnders and her legacy will live on in Albert Square forever. She will never be forgotten. Without giving anything away the script is beautiful and what she would have wanted.
“It was an incredibly hard couple of days on set as she was so loved. But everyone was determined to give June and Dot the send off she deserved. There will be quite a few old faces returning for the episode.”
In real life, Jacqueline recently closed her company Pooker Bash Ltd after paying debts worth £51,000 following her exit from the popular soap.
The actress initially launched the company in 2013 to help manage her earnings from her work as Lauren Branning in the hit BBC One soap.
An investigation was launched by liquidators last year after it was revealed that Pooker Bash owed £32,000 to HMRC and another £11,000 to other creditors.
Liquidator Henry Lan has now completed said investigation and has closed Pooker Bash after the 29 year old actress paid £51,523 towards its debts.
The Mirror reported, that the concluding report said he had “agreed claims totally £45,317 from two creditors. Unsecured creditors were paid a dividend of 55 pence in the £1, totally £24,923 on 12 April 2022.”
Jacqueline has been very open about financial issues in the past, revealing earlier this year that she was forced to sell her house after leaving Albert Square.
“I was on EastEnders for eight years where you got a set pay cheque every week. It was a set pay cheque and I didn’t have to do anything else. It was my comfort blanket, it was what I knew. Then it just wasn't,” she told TOWIE stars Sam Faiers and Billie Shepherd on their podcast, The Sam and Billie Show.
She continued: “There’s no such thing for me as maternity pay, so when I had kids I had to leave and I had to do magazine covers to make money to feed my kids.
"There’s been times where I haven’t had money," she added. "Before I went in the jungle I was struggling with money. I had to sell my house."
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