Kathy Back After 15 Years!

Tonight we were all shocked to see Kathy Beale return to EastEnders for a showdown with Phil Mitchell during one of tonight's live segments.

Arriving on the banks of the Thames in a black cab, Kathy told Phil she wanted to return to the Square - but he insisted she stay away.

Phil meets a surprise person
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Phil meets a surprise person

We had seen Phil picking up a passport on the Square in episodes aired earlier this week as he also made attempts to tell Ian something.

Last seen in 2000 before returning to South Africa, viewers had believed that Kathy was killed in a car crash.

But tonight's scenes have set up a return for Kathy to Albert Square following the turbulent times of the Beale family over the last year.

Speaking of her return to EastEnders, Gillian said: "When Dominic [Treadwell-Collins, executive producer] approached me with his plan, I was so shocked I got into my car and burst into tears! 'Kathy' has always been so close to my heart and it's absolutely wonderful to be returning to the show and reprising the role."

Kathy Beale returns
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Kathy Beale returns

Adam Woodyatt, who plays Gillian's on-screen son Ian, added: "I'm thrilled, I couldn't be happier. I've finally got my mum back! I've been keeping this secret for so long and now I just can't wait to work with her again."

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, executive producer, said: "I have always made my feelings on Kathy Beale and Gillian Taylforth very clear – she is part of EastEnders history, mother to Ian and Ben and one of the most important and iconic television characters on British television. Six months ago, we set ourselves the challenge of bringing Kathy back to the Square in a credible way. And I believe we have succeeded.

"Viewers will have to keep watching to find out exactly why Kathy 'died', where she has been all these years and why she now wants to come home to Albert Square. This is only the beginning of one of the most earth-shattering storylines EastEnders has ever seen…"

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