JACQUELINE Jossa has made a sensational return to EastEnders to film scenes for Dot Branning’s emotional funeral.
Jacqueline Jossa has made a sensational return to EastEnders to film scenes for Dot Branning’s emotional funeralCredit: Splash
Jacqueline was back at the soap’s studios last week for the character’s send-offCredit: BBC
Jacqueline’s return was part of a special tribute episode to June Brown, who played Dot for 35 years
A source said: “Bosses got in touch with Jacq about returning for Dot’s special episode and she was more than happy to come back.
“She was back last week filming her little guest stint.”
The move paves the way for a permanent return for the mum of two.
Dot was a huge part of the Branning family after she married Jim, played by John Bardon, in 2002.
The source added: “EastEnders bosses are pulling out all the stops to show just how much June was loved by the cast and crew.
Jacqueline, who went on to win I’m A Celebrity in 2019, spent eight years on the soap as Lauren BranningCredit: Rex
Jacqueline is expected to appear in a couple of episodes before her character returns to New ZealandCredit: Getty
June, who played Dot from 1985 to 2020, died in April aged 95Credit: BBC
A hearse on the set of EastEnders for Dot’s funeralCredit: ISO
A floral display with Dot’s name on itCredit: ISO
“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.”
June, who played Dot from 1985 to 2020, died in April aged 95.
News will reach residents that Dot, who left Walford to live with her grandson Charlie in Ireland, has died.
In 2019, Jacqueline won I’m A Celebrity, beating Corrie star Andy Whyment in the final.
Since then she has struck money-making deals with In The Style and Hot Diamonds, among other brands.