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Ross Kemp to return to EastEnders for Peggy's farewell

Actor Ross Kemp is to reprise his role as EastEnders hardman Grant Mitchell, in a "brief return" to say goodbye to on-screen mother Peggy.

Kemp, who last appeared regularly in the soap in 1999, will be reuniting with the Mitchells as Dame Barbara Windsor's character passes away from cancer.

Peggy Mitchell made a surprise return to the soap last week to inform her other son Phil - played by Steve McFadden - that her cancer had returned.

EastEnders actors Ross Kemp, Barbara Windsor & Steve McFadden, 2006 Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA

She is not scheduled to appear again until her final episodes in late spring, when Kemp will also return.

Ross Kemp said the offer of returning for Peggy's final episodes was "something I could not turn down".

"Barbara is a very close friend, so when I learned of the storyline it felt right that the Mitchell brothers are reunited with their mother for the last time.

"I am really looking forward to going back to EastEnders and filming what are set to be some classic EastEnders episodes."

– Ross Kemp, Actor
The Mitchells and other Eastenders characters in 1999 Credit: John Stillwell / PA

His return could cause some drama in Albert Square, which plays host to Grant's ex-wife Sharon (Letitia Dean) who is currently married to his brother Phil, and Phil's ex-wife Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) who had an affair with Grant.