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 |
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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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Ian Wright

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."

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Nadine Coyle

Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle will be facing her fears on the show. What Nadine will be earning has been kept quiet for now, however, the average amount that stars of I'm A Celebrity earn is between £10,000 and £80,000.

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Myles Stephenson

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Kate Garraway

She's used to putting up with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, so the jungle should be a doddle for TV presenter Kate Garraway. Kate's co-presenter Ben Shepard teased Kate on Good Morning Britain: "I can't wait for you to go away for a month," and Kate responded: "I can neither confirm nor deny."

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James Haskell

He's used to being the hard man on a rugby pitch, so how will James Haskell cope in a jungle full of creepy crawlies? Although we can't confirm what James Haskell will be pulling in, last year's contestant John Barrowman received £200,000.

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Caitlyn Jenner

Reportedly the highest paid star to ever grace the jungle, Kylie and Kendall Jenner's dad Caitlyn is set to reveal some major Kardashian gossip.

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Jacqueline Jossa

Former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of past soap stars on the show. Bosses are reportedly hoping she dishes the dirt on her on'/off marriage to reality star Dan Osborne.

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Adele Roberts

Big Brother 3 star Adele Roberts is going back to her reality TV roots for the 2019 series.

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Roman Kemp

Roman is a TV personality and son of former EastEnders actor Martin Kemp. He's set to bring some eye candy to the jungle. Roman has wanted to go into the jungle for quite some time as he told Digital Spy in 2017: "The only reality show I would do is I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! purely because I would get a holiday and get to see Ant & Dec every day!"

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Andrew Maxwell

Irish comedian Andrew is set to bring the laughs to the jungle and we actually can't wait. There has been no details referring to what Andrew could be earning, yet latecomer Noel Edmunds earned £600,000, the highest amount that has been paid to any celebrity on the show.

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Andrew Whyment

Coronation Street's Andrew Whyment has been confirmed to be entering the jungle as a late campmate. The actor, who plays Kirk Sutherland in the ITV soap, was rumoured to be part of the main line-up and when he wasn't, many of his fans were left disappointed. Could Kirky be crowned King of the Jungle?

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Cliff Parisi

Cliff Parisi is best known for playing Minty Peterson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and he is currently starring in the BBC drama Call the Midwife as handyman and gardener Fred Buckle. Known for his comedic timing and hilarious personality, Cliff is set to bring lots of fun to the camp.

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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