We have heard through the grapevine that Ross Kemp will bring Grant Mitchell back to Walford in the new year when brother Phil, after going through an ordeal with gangster Gavin.
He will return to help his brother who falls off the wagon and turns to alcohol.
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has made Grant’s return a priority so that he can reunite the show’s “big four” characters – Grant, Phil, Sharon and Kathy.
Sources have revealed how he has been in contact with Ross, 51, to sound him out about returning a decade after he last appeared in the soap.
An insider said: “Dominic has put out discreet feelers and has been quite encouraged by the response.
Storylines don’t get much bigger than getting the Mitchell brothers back together.”
Dominic himself has admitted: “I think the fact that you’ve got Phil, Kathy, Sharon – there’s a person missing, isn’t there?
"To get all four on screen at the same time is a dream. As an EastEnders fan, you want to watch that.”
He recently admitted: “Yeah, if it’s the right time, definitely, why not?”
An EastEnders spokesman said there were no current plans for him to return, but added: “Never say never.”