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Seventeen years after performing in some of the most talked-about scenes in British soap acting history, EastEnders favourite Little Mo is once again part of the plot.
Actress Kacey Ainsworth – who played Maureen 'Little Mo' Slater in Albert's Square between 2000 and 2006 – was mentioned in scenes during Tuesday night's instalment, after almost two decades off-screen.
The scene in question saw Mo catching up with her on-screen son Freddie, played by rising star Bobby Brazier – real life son of reality star Jade Goody and TV presenter Jess Brazier.
"You alright mum, yeah, I'm just missing you, that's all. You sound happy, mum," the youngster was seen to be telling someone on the phone.
Following Freddie's telephone chat with his somewhat estranged mother, actress Kasey – whose life off-screen involved a super glam transformation – took to Twitter to revel in the excitement of her fans.
She joined in the celebration herself, posting a snap of her in a phonebox last night and captioning the tweet: "Apparently I’ve been on the blower…".
After she left the show as a fan-favourite character, Kacey admitted in an interview: "Lots of people thought I'd left then and offers started to come in.
"That's when I first realised that there is another world out there. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have thought about it because I love playing Little Mo so much."
Discussing her departure, the star continued to The Mirror: "She is a fantastic character but it was time to move on.
"I wanted to be an actor from the age of five, but I didn't want to become one just to do the same thing all the time. I would have left earlier – I felt ready to go – but they wanted me to play out a leaving storyline. Now I just need to do something new."
And even more nail-biting scenes are set to air later this week, with another Walford old-timer making a hugely-anticipated return to the BBC soap, 20 years after saying goodbye to its residents.
Actor Alex McSweeney, 56 – known as on-screen trouble-causer Graham Foster – will be picking back up where he left off as the evil villain, planning to reunite with his and Mo's son after previously being convicted of her rape.
The trauma of the harrowing ordeal led to the eventual breakdown of Mo's marriage to Billy Mitchell (played Perry Fenwick) as she was determined to keep the baby, which would turn out to be Freddie, despite his protestations.
"I'm grateful to be asked to reprise the role of Graham as I thought it was important for Freddie to be given some answers about his dad," Graham spoke about returning to the soap he left in 2005. "I thoroughly enjoyed working with the talented Bobby Brazier."
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