EastEnders: Letitia Dean says “I was terrified of coming back!”

As fans of EastEnders will know, Letitia Dean is set to make a dramatic comeback to the Square on August 13th to reprise her role as Sharon Rickman…

However, in an interview with TV Biz about coming back to the hit BBC1 soap, Letitia admitted that she was “terrified” at the prospect of a return.

She said, “Going back to the Square on my first day I literally almost cacked myself. It was like, ‘Oh God’. I felt like a newbie going back.”

However, Letitia went on to say that she found some solace in the fact that her character hasn’t changed too much.

She said, “Sharon’s style hasn’t changed much. The skirts have got longer, the hair is slightly bigger but there is still that Eighties theme…

“Shoulder pads, eyelashes, a bit of sugar-plum lustre — and she’s back!

“Soon, it was like I hadn’t been away.”

As we reported recently, Sharon’s comeback begins when she puts a distress call in to Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) who has no qualms in abandoning his and Shirley’s (Linda Henry) engagement party to help his former mistress out.

Of that, Letitia said, “Sharon’s a mess and so confused. She never got over her grief since her husband Dennis died and she knocks on Phil’s door and says, ‘Help me’.”

She added, “There is always going to be a Phil in her life. That frisson has always been there, he’s so capable and he’s dangerous too.

“When you think about it, all her men have been pretty dangerous.”

Finally, Letitia remarked, “I love working with Steve, always have done. We’ve known each other for so long now.

“I love the fact Sharon and Phil have such great history — whatever age the viewer is, they pick up on it.

“People my age remember it and people who are younger pick up on it.

“It’s good to have that history in soaps, even if nothing happens it’s nice to have that nostalgia.”

Here’s a reminder of the brilliant promo clip for Sharon’s dramatic return…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.