EastEnders: Letitia Dean says Sharon is “an over protective mum” to little Dennis Jnr

As fans of EastEnders will of course know, Sharon Rickman – who was of course formerly Sharon Watts – is headed back to Walford next week, and fans may be wondering what she’s been up to in the six years that she’s been away from the Square…

Well wonder no more because in an interview with TV Choice magazine, Letitia Dean, who of course plays Sharon, has revealed all.

Additionally, while talking about Sharon’s young son Dennis, whose dad is of course Dennis Rickman, who died on New Year’s Eve 2005, Letitia revealed that because of the many tragedies that have befallen her character in her lifetime, she’s over protective of the little boy…

And of course, it’s when her fiancé John (Jessie Birdsall) abducts little Dennis that Sharon calls Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) for help, which facilitates her return to the Square…

However, when asked, “Sharon’s now a mum, what are her parenting skills like?” Letitia replied, “I think she’s over protective…

“Dennis is played by the most adorable little boy called Harry Hickles. Isn’t that a great vaudeville name?

“He’s like my little mate and I can’t wait to see him every time he’s on set. The public will fall in love with him.”

Of where Sharon’s been since she left Walford following Dennis’ murder, Letitia said, “She went to America, but has been back in England for the past four years.”

When asked if Sharon has ever really got over Dennis’ death – which was ordered by gangster Johnny Allen – Letitia said, “I think it’s taken her longer than she thought to get over her husband Dennis’ death, she’s been in a state of permanent grief really.

“She thought she had it all under control but Albert Square evokes so many memories.”

And finally, Letitia revealed that Sharon is set to have some powerful and emotional scenes with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) when she sees the state he’s currently in as he’s in the thick of a breakdown.

Of that, she said, “He’s in a right mess. They’ve known each other since they were six or seven years of age and I’ve always imagined they’ve kept in contact with Christmas and birthday cards in the intervening years.

“It was so lovely to have those scenes with Adam Woodyatt.

“He said to me the other day, ‘It’s so great to have you back,’ which I thought was really sweet.

“It genuinely is nice to be back.”

It’s great to have Sharon back isn’t it? I’ve always loved the character and can’t wait to see what sort of a mum she is to little Dennis!

Don’t miss her dramatic return on August 13th.

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.