Linda Carter’s (Kellie Bright) mum, Elaine Peacock (Harriet Thorpe) is set to make a dramatic entrance to Albert Square in upcoming EastEnders scenes.
The iconic landlady is set to return to the Square having agreed to buy Mick Carter’s (Danny Dyer) share of the Queen Vic, though it won’t be without consequence.
Viewers will know that Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) currently believes that she is set to become landlady once more, with Linda having kept her mother’s involvement quiet.
On the other side of the coin, The Panesars are also ready to seal the deal, having pulled out of a deal on Sharon’s gym in order to get their hands on the famous boozer.
Both parties are left stunned when Linda reveals the truth, but the subsequent fireworks between Sharon and Linda are put on hold when Elaine arrives unannounced.
Actress Harriet Thorpe promised ‘some drama’ ahead of Elaine’s arrival, before teasing what The Panesars and Sharon will make of her arrival.
‘I think they’re both hugely shocked, with big consequences.’
Though Elaine has appeared on the show before, this is the first time Harriet Thorpe has tackled the role, having taken over from previous actress Maria Friedman.
This has meant having to get to know a new set of work colleagues, who she is full of praise for, particularly on-screen daughter Kellie Bright.
‘She’s absolutely amazing! She’s supportive, funny and we’re very communicative about this wonderful mother-daughter relationship.
‘Our job as characters playing a mother and daughter is to irritate the hell out of each other and their relationship can be testing at the best of times.’
This time around, Elaine arrives in Walford with a new family in tow: The Knights.
Speaking about bringing a new family to life, Harriet said: ‘It is something that we’re all enjoying so much because they’re a group of such interesting characters who have their own issues, thoughts and passions for life.’
There is a lot that viewers can expect to see from Elaine in the coming months, including ‘some laughs, a bit of wit, a bit of wisdom and a strong woman.’
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