I’m A Celebrity’s Jacqueline Jossa spills the tea on EastEnders return

Is Lauren Branning set for a comeback?

Jacqueline Jossa as Lauren Branning in EastEnders

by William Marriott |

Jacqueline Jossa might have a busy work schedule at the moment while she's on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, eating bugs and trying to escape from them, but once the show finishes in three weeks, there's no doubt she'll be inundated with work opportunities.

But the actress, who rose to fame in 2010 when she was announced by EastEnders as the new Lauren Branning, has now revealed if she'll return to the show, admitting the time has to be right.

Talking about a possible return to the soap opera after she dramatically left the show last Christmas, the mother-of-two admitted to The Daily Star she's not been away for a good enough length of time for viewers of the show to miss Lauren yet.

Jacqueline confessed, "I think time would have to be right for EastEnders. The time isn't right for me yet. It's too soon, I think, to be honest."

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Former footballer and Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright is heading into the jungle. Ian Wright is rumoured to be earning the second-highest wage of £400,000 while in the jungle. But during an appearance at the Royal Concert hall in Nottingham last week, Harry Redknapp, last year's King of the Jungle, revealed Wright would be earning one million as someone tweeted: "Just got home from seeing @Redknapp in Nottingham. Interestingly, he let slip that Ian Wright has been paid £1m to appear on this year's #ImaCeleb."

Abi and Lauren fall off a roof in 2018's Christmas episode
Abi and Lauren fall off a roof in 2018's Christmas episode ©BBC

"I don't really think Lauren Branning is missed necessarily. I just think it would be too soon."

Admitting she wants to try something new, the 27-year-old added, "I do want to maybe do something completely different. I'd quite like to do a comedy. Something a little bit lighter."

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"I'd quite like to do a stage show or a musical or something that's going to throw me a little bit. Which is why, I kind of guess I'm doing I'm A Celebrity as well.

"When you do eight years on a show you lose that fear and nervousness that you used to get when you first started. And then I'm quite excited to feel that again."

It looks like EastEnders fans are going to have to wait a little longer yet.

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