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EastEnders latest: Lauren Branning returns after four years for Dot Cotton’s funeral; plus Corrie & Emmerdale news

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EASTENDERS' icon Lauren Branning is making a very special reappearance on the show as she returns for Dot Cotton's funeral.

Jacqueline Jossa was snapped outside Elstree Studios as she reprises her iconic role of Lauren Branning, as well as other members of the Cotton and Branning families for emotional goodbyes to Dot Cotton.

Legendary Dot Cotton will have her official send off, after actress June Browndied on 3 April this year, aged 95.

Lauren Branning actress Jacqueline told The Sun she is "more than happy to come back," as she films for the winter episode of Dot's funeral.

A source told the Mirror: "Without giving anything away the script is beautiful and what she [June Brown] would have wanted. It was an incredibly hard couple of days on set as she was so loved."

Read our soap spoilers blog below for the latest storylines & gossip..

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    TEASER – Hollyoaks villager scared about potential death

    One villager begins having hallucinations about his death.

    The hallucinations include images of his funeral and potential eulogies.

    Elsewhere, John Paul feels rubbish about drinking, but his family rally around him trying to cheer him up.

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    Jacqueline Jossa plans return to Albert Square

    The actress will be heading back to Walford as part of a tribute to Dot Branning.

    Jossa, famed for playing Lauren Branning from 2010, left the soap in 2018.

    June Brown, who played Dot Branning, left EastEnders in 2020 after joining in 1985. She died earlier this year at the age of 95.

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    Elizabeth Estensen to return to Emmerdale

    The actress has spoken about the return of her character and how it ties in with Faith’s farewell.

    Faith, who is dealing with terminally ill cancer, has been at the centre of a storyline about assisted suicide.

    As her time comes to an end, Diane, played by Estensen, will return to the soap.

    Talking about her return, Estensen shared: “I was really pleased to be asked to come back to Emmerdale to celebrate its 50th. It’s sort of the same but not the same.

    “There’s a lot of people that I still know that I was really pleased to see again. I can’t say I have enjoyed having to rush for a train again though!

    “Diane has a great time catching up with people in the village but she has come back especially to see Faith whom she was great friends with. Who knows, she may return again one day!”

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    TEASER: Emmerdale – Nate upsets Mack

    Mack and Nate have a few drinks, leaving Nate particularly tipsy.

    In his alcohol-induced state, Mack is upset when #Nate makes an ill-timed joke about his affair.

    Ryan sees things aren’t quite right so orders them to tell him what’s going on.

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    Hollyoaks star explains mind-change

    Joseph framed DeMarcus for a stabbing.

    Anya Lawrence, who plays Joseph’s girlfriend, spoke about why her character has a change of heart about telling the truth.

    She explained: “I think deep down she knows that Joseph was the one responsible, because she knows him better than she gives herself credit for.

    “But she doesn’t want to snitch on the person she supposedly loves.

    “The main feeling above everything else is that she’s scared of Joseph. If he’s capable of doing that to someone he barely knows, imagine what he would do to her with the rage and the betrayal he would feel.”

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    Hollyoaks icon to join Dancing on Ice

    Carley Stenson has signed up to appear on the 15th series of ITV's Dancing on Ice.

    The actress played Steph Cunning on Hollyoaks for an amazing 11 years.

    She has since appeared in the West End.

    Her husband, Danny Mac, starred on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016.

    A TV insider said: "Carley's husband knows a thing or two about doing well in a TV talent contest like this and he's sure to be sharing some valuable advice for her as she prepares to take to the rink.

    "But after carving out her own career as a performer on TV and later in the West End she already knows a thing or two about dazzling audiences.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    TEASER: Emmerdale – Nate upsets Mack

    Mack and Nate have a few drinks, leaving Nate particularly tipsy.

    In his alcohol-induced state, Mack is upset when #Nate makes an ill-timed joke about his affair.

    Ryan sees things aren’t quite right so orders them to tell him what’s going on.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Maisie Smith says Celebrity SAS helped her overcome self doubt

    The EastEnders star admitted that she battles thoughts of self doubt, but the extreme show helped her confidence.

    Maisie said: taking part in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins was a challenge. “When I do a show like this, that was my first thought, am I good enough? Can I do this?” 

    She told the Mirror: “It changed my outlook about myself.

    “It was honestly the best thing I’ve ever done. It got that demon off my shoulder.

    "I went in there with everything I had and I came out feeling like I could literally conquer the world.”

    Credit: Channel 4
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    Corrie killer Stephen Reid attacked as his side hustle is revealed

    Coronation Street actor Todd Boyce was spotted filming scenes recently that see him become embroiled in a nasty fight.

    Stephen has started delivering take aways on a motorbike to help him pay back his debts.

    But in upcoming scenes, viewers will see him deliver a pizza to a group of lads who have nefarious intentions...

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    Emmerdale's Isobel Steel QUITS the soap

    Liv Flaherty actress Isobel Steel is leaving the show as her character will be KILLED in shocking scenes.

    Isobel Steele, 21, won Best Young Actor at the 2018 British Soap Awards.

    Her character, Liv Flaherty, will be killed in scenes which will leave “viewers on the edge of their seat," the Mirror reports.

    A source told the Mirror: “Viewers are going to be on the edge of their seats as it all plays out and Liv is killed off.

    "It’s a real heartbreaker, a death fans will remember for a long time to come.” 

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    Hollyoaks' Callum Kerr splits from fiancée after just 11 months

    The actor and his ex, Olivia Anderson, were engaged for just under a year.

    The two have deleted all images of each other off their social media accounts.

    "Sadly things haven't worked out between Callum and Olivia and they have called it quits. It's been painful for both of them," The Sun reported.

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    Helen Flanagan gives update on a possible return to Coronation Street

    The actress played Rosie Webster since 2000, and left in 2012, before reappearing for a year in 2017, and then going on maternity leave.

    She has not ruled out a return, and told Ok! magazine: "I'd love to go back to Coronation Street at some point."

    Helen went on to explain that everything revolves around her children at the moment.

    Mother-of-three Helen explained she would consider a return once her youngest, Charlie who is a year and a half, gets a bit older.

    Credit: Rex Features
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    Where to get your daily fix of soap spoilers

    Keep up to date with Britain’s favourite soap dramas right here on thesun.co.uk.

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    EastEnders cast film emotional Dot Cotton funeral episode

    The show is giving character Dot Cotton it's official send off after legend June Brown passed away in April this year.

    Jacqueline Jossa was spotted at the Elstree studio as she reprises her role of Lauren Branning.

    It is expected that Declan Bennett who played Charlie Cotton will also make a surprise appearance for the funeral episode.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Hollyoaks star explains mind-change

    Joseph framed DeMarcus for a stabbing.

    Anya Lawrence, who plays Joseph’s girlfriend, spoke about why her character has a change of heart about telling the truth.

    She explained: “I think deep down she knows that Joseph was the one responsible, because she knows him better than she gives herself credit for.

    “But she doesn’t want to snitch on the person she supposedly loves.

    “The main feeling above everything else is that she’s scared of Joseph. If he’s capable of doing that to someone he barely knows, imagine what he would do to her with the rage and the betrayal he would feel.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Jorgie Porter wows as she nears her new arrival

    The Hollyoaks actress has been sharing her pregnancy journey with fans.

    Taking to Instagram, Jorgie Porter, who is famed for playing Teresa McQueen on Hollyoaks, shared her pregnancy haul and asked for tips for her hospital bag.

    (Celebrity Instagram image) Pictured: Jorgie Porter.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Hollyoaks star explains mind-change

    Joseph framed DeMarcus for a stabbing.

    Anya Lawrence, who plays Joseph's girlfriend, spoke about why her character has a change of heart about telling the truth.

    She explained: "I think deep down she knows that Joseph was the one responsible, because she knows him better than she gives herself credit for.

    "But she doesn't want to snitch on the person she supposedly loves.

    "The main feeling above everything else is that she's scared of Joseph. If he's capable of doing that to someone he barely knows, imagine what he would do to her with the rage and the betrayal he would feel."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    EastEnders star unable to speak

    Maisie Smith played Tiffany for 13 years.

    Since leaving the soap, Smith has spoken about the impact of playing a character for so long.

    Once of the hardest things was being around adults, who often spoke over her.

    Talking about what she's faced, the actress said: "I have no idea how people see me because I just assume you just take one look at me and think, 'Oh cocky little Essex girl', which is true, but there's a lot more to me that people don't know.

    "I was on EastEnders for 13 years, which was all I can remember. I sometimes think I'm more comfortable being Tiffany than I am being Maisie.

    "I've struggled sort of speaking. And I've had, not a stutter, but I just could go blank and words wouldn't come out and I think the more that happened, the more people would just sort of talk over me."

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    Emmerdale fans blown away by storm trailer

    Fans have reacted to the upcoming storyline where the village sees destruction on the show’s 50 anniversary.

    Excited fans discussed the upcoming storyline on Twitter.

    One wrote: “This trailer look [fire emoji] hope this episodes live up to it now.”

    “The trailer looks insane Roll on the 50th birthday looking forward to watching it,” a fan said, another wrote: “This looks INSANE! Can’t wait for the October episodes to air.”

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    Coronation Street - Jenny and Daisy suspect foul play

    When Jenny falls ill, Glenda is excited to host the quiz.

    Glenda, dressed to the nines, is put out when Jenny turns up feeling better.

    Jenny ends up slipping on Glenda's newley mopped floor and trists her ankle, leading Daisy to take her to A&E and leaving Goenda to host after all.

    Finding out that Glenda's night went down a storm with the locals, Jenny feels a little down. Daisy tells her she thinks Glenda may have orchestrated the entire thing.

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    Hollyoaks actor talks about shock exit

    Last week's hour-long episode included a shock departure.

    It was revealed that someone was going to die due to Silas, but the teasers didn't let on who it would be.

    During the episode, Lexi, played by Natalie Anderson, was the one who met her fate.

    Talking about her exit, she took to Instagram with an image and the caption: "What a wonderful few weeks we had shooting this epic stunt week @hollyoaksofficial. Sending the biggest of hugs to the most wonderful cast and crew. We had such a fun time! Missing you all.

    "Thank you so much Hollyoaks for having me, I’ve loved being with you and an especially big hug to the wardrobe department for Lexi’s good trousers and killer heels! Laters Lexi."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Elizabeth Estensen to return to Emmerdale

    The actress has spoken about the return of her character and how it ties in with Faith's farewell.

    Faith, who is dealing with terminally ill cancer, has been at the centre of a storyline about assisted suicide.

    As her time comes to an end, Diane, played by Estensen, will return to the soap.

    Talking about her return, Estensen shared: "I was really pleased to be asked to come back to Emmerdale to celebrate its 50th. It's sort of the same but not the same.

    "There's a lot of people that I still know that I was really pleased to see again. I can't say I have enjoyed having to rush for a train again though!

    "Diane has a great time catching up with people in the village but she has come back especially to see Faith whom she was great friends with. Who knows, she may return again one day!"

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Coronation Street - Stu's given up

    Alya is determined to prove Stu's innocence and ties to find cash for a DNA test.

    Finding the fight for innocence too much, Stu tells Alya and Yasmeen that he wants to leave the past in the past, and no longer wants to pursue his case.

    Elsewhere, things are looking up for James and he's excited to share his news with Ronnie.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    EastEnders' Jacqueline Jossa shares new line

    The Lauren Branning actress isn't the only TV personality to have a line with In The Style.

    Jossa took to Instagram modelling pieces from her new line which are also available in plus sizes.

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    Hollyoaks - Sienna makes a vow

    The schemer recieves an urn with her name on it this week, leaving her determined.

    Sienna makes a vow to take down The Undertaker.

    Felix and Leah visit DeMarcus this week, but now that so much time has passed, DeMarcus makes clear that he's lost all hope.

    Felix, determined to free his son, tells Leah to put a cash reward out for whoever can prove his son's innocence.

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