EastEnders spoilers – Beloved star to make SHOCK return this Christmas; plus Coronation Street & Emmerdale news

EASTENDERS fans will get a treat this Christmas as Kellie Bright is set to make a special Christmas comeback.

The actress – who plays Linda Carter in the BBC soap – is currently on maternity leave after welcoming son Rudy in July.

But now soap bosses have drafted her back in for a brief festive comeback as Linda’s husband Mick gets snared by scheming Janine Butcher.

Linda was last seen in September fleeing Walford with her new daughter, Annie. 

Read our soaps live blog for the latest news and gossip…

  • Louis Allwood

    Meena Jutla kidnaps sister Manpreet Sharma

    EMMERDALE serial killer Meena Jutla will take her sister Manpreet Sharma captive in horrifying scenes this Christmas.

    The nurse – who is played by actress Paige Sandhu in the ITV soap – will have her killings discovered by her sister Manpreet and take action to stop her exposing them.

    New spoiler pictures show Manpreet shackled to a bed as Meena controls her.

    Actress Rebecca Sarker – who plays Manpreet – explained, “Meena is capable of anything – I get asked, ‘Is she capable of killing her sister?’ 

    “They do love each other, so Meena is capable of anything, let’s be clear, and I can exclusively reveal that Manpreet is definitely in danger because she just gets too close to the truth.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Strictly fans say same thing about Rose & Giovanni’s connection

    STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Rose and Giovanni danced their way to the top last night, winning the Glitterball trophy.

    Fans have all said the same thing, as pro dancer Giovanni Pernice gushed over his celeb partner, Rose Ayling-Ellis.

    He spoke about how it had “been a dream” to dance with her.

    The intimate chat between the pair made fans emotional and they couldn’t help notice how close the pair had become.

    “I’ve said this before but the way Giovanni looks at Rose is love. Pure and simple,” one moved fan wrote on Twitter.

    Another added: “When Gio looks at Rose so adoringly.”

    And a third commented: “This is what awe and pride looks like – Giovanni in Rose. I have never cried at #strictly but this was a first – really beautiful. You go for it girl.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Elle Mulvaney looks totally different off the cobbles

    CORONATION Street’s Elle Mulvaney looked worlds apart from her character Amy Barlow as she did some last minute Christmas shopping today.

    The 19-year-old actress made a peace sign in a glam Instagram selfie while listening to Sam Fender’s Hypersonic Missiles. She showed off her festive red manicure and wore a subtle face of makeup for the outing.

    The actress was first cast as schoolgirl Amy in 2010 and has been involved in some major storylines over the years. One of which centred around her emotional teen pregnancy after she was raped by gang leader Tyler Jefferies.

    Her parents, Steve and Tracy, had planned to adopt the unborn child but Amy had a termination without telling them and suffered with guilt afterwards. In the New Year she will lead a school protest against sexual harassment in scenes.

    The teen covers a wall on the grounds of her school in graffiti, writing: “Stop protecting sex offenders”. 

    Read more here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Fresh fear Strictly’s Rose will quit EastEnders

    Strictly champ Rose Ayling-Ellis will quit her EastEnders role within months, claim cast on the BBC soap.

    Deaf Rose, 27, is tipped for TV and film stardom after she and dance partner Giovanni Pernice lifted the Glitterball trophy.

    Execs and producers are already lining up high-profile projects for the actress, who has played the soap’s Frankie Lewis since last year.

    Her character has been written out until next month when she is expected to return.

    But cast and crew are expecting Rose to get itchy feet.

    The Sun revealed last week that the Beeb was lining up a drama with deaf character in the lead role with a view to casting Rose. There are reports she could target Hollywood.

  • Louis Allwood

    Fans call out shameful Dawn Taylor blunder

    Fans were gobsmacked as Dawn Taylor made a huge blunder as son Lucas was kidnapped in nightmarish scenes.

    The recovering drug addict – who is played by actress Olivia Bromley in the ITV soap – is targeted by Meena Jutla to try and stop her from reuniting with ex Billy Fletcher.

    The evil nurse stirred the pot about Dawn and Alex was soon left terrified for Lucas' welfare. 

    However, on Tuesday's instalment Meena accused Dawn of neglecting Lucas and urged Alex to take him away.

    While the mother and son were enjoying a day at the park, Alex kidnapped the youngster while Dawn's back was turned as she talked to Billy Fletcher.

    Dawn’s left terrified when she realised they’ve disappeared and Billy vowed to help Dawn find him. 

    However, viewers blasted the single mum for not looking after Lucas properly.

    One wrote: "Of course Dawn would happen to sit with her back to Lucas in the bandstand!!"

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders spoilers: Ash Panesar devastated

    ASH and Suki Panesar’s relationship takes a nasty turn as the former is informed of her mother’s betrayal.

    The owner of Minute Mart, played by Balvinder Sopal, has become one of the most ruthless and calculating villains on EastEnders.

    In an upcoming EastEnders episode, due to air on BBC One ahead of the New Year, and after a budding friendship and romance with Honey Mitchell turned sour, Suki will get her due following her betrayal.

    Suki may have thought she got away scot free with her fling with Peter, yet as she is sharing a drink with her daughter at The Vic, a comment made by another character will leave Ash devastated.

    Out of all characters, Ash will be able to count on Heather Peace’s Even Unwin to let the cat out of the bag, despite ongoing tension between the two women.

  • Louis Allwood

    Emma Brooker and Faye Windass make deadly mistake

    As the two women celebrate the beginning of 2022, their journey home leads them straight into trouble.

    After spending nine months behind bars, Faye (Ellie Leach) was looking forward to spend Christmas away from her legal troubles.

    But after Debbie Webster's visit to Ray Crosby, Faye was released on bail just in time for Christmas.

    While adapting to life outside prison, Faye is led to a New Year's Eve party by Emma (Alexandra Mardell), who had promised her driving lessons.

    And everyday life turns out to be tougher than expected as Faye drives a tipsy Emma home, in scenes which are yet to air on Coronation Street, during the New Year.

    Viewers will watch in horror as, following their New Year's Eve party, both women encounter more drama when they knock over Ted, a frail pensioner carrying his shopping, played by Duggie Brown.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kimberly Hart Simpson makes explosive return

    Kimberly Hart-Simpson is making an explosive comeback to the soap.

    The Sun can exclusively reveal the actress and fashion designer, 34, will reprise her role of sex worker Nicky Wheatley in the ITV soap next spring.

    Nicky’s return to the cobbles will cause chaos for ex love Daniel Osbourne and his relationship with barmaid Daisy Midgeley.

    Single mum Nicky was last seen in September 2020 when she moved away after Daniel paid off her debts so she could quit prostitution.

    A source said: “Daniel’s world is going to be rocked when Nicky unexpectedly turns up on the cobbles.

    “She was there for him in his darkest hour after Sinead’s death but he didn’t think he’d ever see her again.

    “Now he’s secretly with Daisy but could Nicky put the final nail in the coffin for their seemingly doomed relationship?”

  • Louis Allwood

    Eastenders star in new BBC thriller

    VIEWERS watching the new BBC thriller The Girl Before got very excited when they spotted some familiar faces.

    The four-part psychological thriller series tells the story of Jane, who gets the chance to move into a beautiful house designed by an enigmatic architect. 

    But there’s a catch – the occupants must abide by his odd list of rules.

    The plot revolves around Jane, who starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways.

    However, when she makes the shocking discovery about her predecessor Emma, she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities.

    As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before.

    The adaptation of JP Delaney’s bestselling novel boasts a star-studded cast, including Loki star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Selma’s David Oyelowo and former EastEnders actors Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy.

    The EastEnders stars play a couple in the series, with Ben portraying Emma’s boyfriend Simon.

  • Louis Allwood

    A rare date night

    Corrie’s Will Mellor and wife Michelle McSween enjoyed a rare date night this weekend and he reposted a sweet snap of them.

    The star, 45, shared the photo on his Instagram story, after Michelle, 43, posted it, showing them beaming as the posed in a dimly lit venue where a band could be seen in the background.

    Alongside the snap on her own Instagram, Michelle wrote: “Long overdue date night with the hubs @willmellor7.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Al Chapman brutally attacked

    Al Chapman will suffer a brutal attack as he's forced to make horrifying decision about The Woolpack this Christmas.

    The scheming businessman – who is played by actor Michael Wildman in the ITV soap – blackmailed his way into investing into the pub for a scam.

    Al is pressured by Gavin to get Chas and Marlon to sell The Woolpack next week.

    But when a big, muscley man menacingly gets out of Gavin’s car, Al’s heart sinks as he knows what’s coming – a beating.

    The following week, Christmas is in full swing in the village but things take a turn for the worse for Al.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Ridiculous’ blunder in Meena Jutla scene

    Fans were left baffled by a "ridiculous" blunder after Meena Jutla could clearly be seen while hiding behind some bushes.

    The serial killer – played by Paige Sandhu on the ITV soap – tried to go incognito as she eavesdropped on Dawn Taylor and her ex Alex's conversation.

    Viewers were confused how no one had spotted the evil nurse lurking around the corner.

    Meena appeared to be undetectable as she spied on Dawn, Aex and boyfriend Billy Fletcher discussing Dawn's son Lucas and whether Alex should be allowed visitation after his drug abuse history.

    However, viewers could not believe the trio did not see Meena sneaking around behind a tree.

    One wrote: "This is just ridiculous. Meena supposed to be hidden? Billy facing her. FFS."

    Another posted: "Invisible Meena."

    A third asked: "How on earth has no one spotted Meena behind that bush?"

  • Louis Allwood

    Georgia May Foote in new sci-fi series

    Corrie's Georgia May Foote will be worlds away from Weatherfield when she appears in the new sci-fi series We Are Not Alone.

    The actress – who played Katy Armstrong in the ITV soap before quitting in 2015 – will appear in the upcoming show alongside an array of other stars.

    The upcoming sci-fi series will see actors from the likes of Coronation Street, The Inbetweeners and Sherlock all on board.

    Alongside Georiga, Grantchester's Declan Baxter leads the cast and will be joined by The Inbetweeners' Joe Thomas, Amanda Abbington, Lucien Leon Laviscount, Miles Jupp, and Rob Delaney.

  • Louis Allwood

    Giovanni’s thanks 'beautiful' Rose

    The EastEnders star, 27, was the heavy favourite ahead of the series finale, and she didn’t put a foot wrong on her way to claiming the Glitterball with Giovanni.

    On winning for the first time, Giovanni said: “Thank you to this beautiful young lady who made all of my dreams come true.”

    Rose said: “You are so amazing, you pushed me to believe in myself. I just want you to know you’ve always got a place in my heart.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Lucas Taylor is recast with new child actor

    Fans were left doing a double take after spotting that little Lucas Taylor had been recast with a new child actor.

    ITV viewers were distracted on Monday's instalment after popular child star Dexter Ansell was replaced without warning.

    Fans were quick to spot the new face, with young actor Noah Ryan Aspinall making his debut in the role of Dawn Taylor's son.

    The recovering drug addict – who is played by actress Olivia Bromley in the ITV soap – has been targeted by Meena Jutla to try and stop her from reuniting with ex Billy Fletcher over the last few weeks.

    The evil nurse tracked down Dawn’s ex, and Lucas’ father, Alex and told him that Lucas is being neglected and abused.

    Dawn’s ex, Alex, turned up and he introduced himself to Lucus as his real dad.

    The usual silent Lucas surprised fans by speaking in last night's episode.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘The sky is the limit’

    A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The sky is the limit for Rose, regardless of the result.

    “BBC bosses have been blown away by how she has conducted herself.

    “She is incredibly inspirational to everyone — not just the deaf community — and has won people over with her charm and courage.

    “This could be the start of some very big things for Rose.”

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders star is unrecognisable in throwback pic

    After quitting EastEnders this month, the star – who joined when she was a schoolgirl – posted a montage of throwback snaps to her Instagram grid.

    Yet can you work out who the flame-haired tot, now aged 20, is?

    She captioned her trip down memory lane with the words: "Wow.

    "Eastenders you have been a dream ❤️ lotta tears, lotta laughs and a whole lotta love.

    "Episode 685 complete."

    Loyal fans of the BBC One soap will recognise the cheeky smile of the youngster, being cuddled by her current co-star Shona McGarty, and her striking hair colour.

    It is indeed actress and Strictly Come Dancing favourite Maisie Smith, who was six-years-old when she joined the BBC One soap as Tiffany Butcher in 2008.

  • Louis Allwood

    Guess who this actress is

    The actress dipped into the family archives yesterday and shared two adorable childhood snaps featuring her grandparents and cousin.

    She beamed sitting on her nan's knee as she chomped toast in one picture, while her cousin Daniel perched on their grandad's lap with a slice of his own.

    The ex-soap star wrote on Instagram: "Little moments, big memories. Me, my cousin Daniel and our Grandma & Grandad. These made me smile 😊♥️."

    Her sister-in-law Jess Wright noticed that her fashion choices haven't changed much over the years, writing: "You’ve always loved dungarees then 😅🥰♥️."

    She replied: "always 🤣🤣🤣🙌🏽🙌🏽."

    Her husband Mark commented with some love hearts, while her former Coronation Street co-star Samia Longchambon wrote: "Gorgeous".

    The answer is Michelle Keegan.

  • Louis Allwood

    Rose's Boyfriend attended final

    Rose's rarely seen boyfriend, Samuel Arnold, made his studio debut as he burst with pride supporting his soap star love over the weekend.

    Sam jumped for joy as Rose was crowned the winner of the 2021 series alongside Giovanni becoming the first deaf person to win.

    The EastEnders star has tried to keep her personal life out of the public eye, and could be the reason why Sam did not appear in the Blackpool studio before the final.

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    Inside winners celebration

    The 'EastEnders' actress, Rose, and her professional partner Giovanni Pernice beat John Whaite and Johannes Radebe to lift the glitterball trophy and Rose admits she couldn't quite believe it.

    In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, she said: "I was so shocked. It was really weird – it felt like I was out of my body for a moment.

    "We celebrated. There was a bit of prosecco, and dancing."

    Rose, 27, paid tribute to Giovanni, 31, for all his support during the series, and praised him for his patience teaching her how to dance and adapting his methods to accomodate her hearing impairment.

    The actress – who has been deaf since birth – said: "Giovanni has been incredible.

    "He really supports every single step – and I mean every single step: even when I’m doing stuff on my own he, off-camera, is giving me timing.

    “There are a lot of ups and downs and some dances are harder than others. But Giovanni is such a good teacher, and he’s really adapted to the way I learn, rather than making me learn it in his way.”

  • Louis Allwood

    EastEnders bosses ‘fear Rose will quit after Strictly win’

    Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis is going to QUIT EastEnders within a matter of months, cast members fear.

    Rose, 27, seems all set for stardom on TV and film after she overcome being deaf to lift the Glitterball trophy with dance partner Giovanni Pernice on Saturday.

    Top BBC execs are already said to be lining up high-profile projects for the actress, who has only been in EastEnders for a year, playing Frankie Lewis.

    Her character was already written out until next month so Rose could take part in Strictly but cast and crew are expecting her to get itchy feet and never return.

  • Louis Allwood

    Matthew Wolfenden returns to Emmerdale set after race row

    EMMERDALE star Matthew Wolfenden has finally returned to set after September race row.

    The actor – who plays David Metcalfe in the ITV soap – was at the ITV studios last week, it can be revealed.

    Fans spotted him leaving the Leeds set.

    It is not known if he was filming scenes as David or whether he was visiting for another reason.

    Matthew had not filmed scenes for the soap after being embroiled in an alleged row with co-star Aaron Anthony over comments he and Victoria Sugden actress Isabel Hodgins had made.

    However the news comes after The Sun revealed that actor Aaron has dramatically quit the soap.

    We revealed last month that the soap was embroiled in allegations that a mixed-race actress was subjected to an inappropriate comment and had her accent mimicked.

  • Louis Allwood

    Emmerdale: Meena desperate to stop Billy rekindling romance with Dawn

    Meena becomes desperate to stop Billy Fletcher from getting back with his ex Dawn Taylor.

    She finds her ex and convinces him that their son Lucas is in danger from Dawn. But her plan backfires when it draws Billy and Dawn back together and he dumps Meena.

    Meena drops a bombshell that leaves him gobsmacked: she is pregnant with his child.  Later Manpreet is suspicious of the pregnancy and later stumbles across a social media page for Nadine’s (Meena’s past victim) sister, Carol, and apprehensively clicks the ‘send message’ button. 

    Manpreet meets up with Carol and is utterly floored to discover that Carol believes Meena murdered Nadine. 

    Reeling from the discovery, Manpreet struggles with the idea that her sister is a murderer and initially regrets contacting Carol. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Ridiculous’ blunder in Meena Jutla scene

    Fans were left baffled by a “ridiculous” blunder after Meena Jutla could clearly be seen while hiding behind some bushes.

    The serial killer – played by Paige Sandhu on the ITV soap – tried to go incognito as she eavesdropped on Dawn Taylor and her ex Alex’s conversation.

    Viewers were confused how no one had spotted the evil nurse lurking around the corner.

    Meena appeared to be undetectable as she spied on Dawn, Aex and boyfriend Billy Fletcher discussing Dawn’s son Lucas and whether Alex should be allowed visitation after his drug abuse history.

    However, viewers could not believe the trio did not see Meena sneaking around behind a tree.

    One wrote: “This is just ridiculous. Meena supposed to be hidden? Billy facing her. FFS.”

    Another posted: “Invisible Meena.”

    A third asked: “How on earth has no one spotted Meena behind that bush?”

  • Joseph Gamp

    EastEnders favourite set to make dramatic return this Xmas

    Linda Carter will make a dramatic return to EastEnders over the festive season.

    The character, played by Kellie Bright, will return to Walford after fleeing with her new daughter, Annie.

    Carter last appeared in the BBC One soap in September, and will return over the Christmas period desperate to keep the truth about Annie's real father, Max Branning, from being exposed.

    Branning departed Walford after realising he could not put aside his feelings for Carter, who had returned to her husband Mick Carter following their affair.

    Jake Wood, who played Branning, bowed out of EastEnders after more than 15 years on the soap.

    Carter's brief appearance will see her marriage go through the ultimate test of master manipulator Janine Butcher, played by Charlie Brooks, who is desperate to uncover the truth.

    Bright's EastEnders return will air from December 28 at 8.10pm.

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