EastEnders producer says “It took a year of negotiations and talks to get Letitia Dean back”

EastEnders fans everywhere – including us – have been eagerly anticipating Sharon Rickman’s return to Walford, and as you’re sure to know by now, it’s set to be a dramatic comeback as Sharon summons Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) to help her get back her young son Dennis Jnr., when her fiancé abducts him.

Sharon, who is of course played by Letitia Dean, one of the show’s original characters, and in fact, Letitia is one of the few cast members remaining who were in the very first episode back in 1985.

Although of course, she’s been to and fro to the Square over the years, unlike Adam Woodyatt who, as Ian Beale, has literally been with the show from the get go.

And in today’s Daily Star on Sunday, the show’s producer, Lorraine Newman, has revealed that it’s taken “a year of talks” to lure Letitia back to the soap…

She explained, “It took a year of negotiations and talks to get Letitia back on the show.

“In the end we convinced her and it’s great having her back. She’s got some big things coming up and we’re all very excited.

“Obviously we’ve got the return of Bianca and Carol and their brood to look forward to this autumn and with Sharon now in the mix we’re very happy.”

However, when asked if any other former cast members would be re-recruited, she said, “There are no plans to bring anyone else back at the moment.”

Meanwhile, of her return, Letitia recently said, “It’s been wonderful coming back. I was really nervous, it was like the first day at school – but my first scenes were on location, so I was eased back into it.

“It’s been great working with people like Scott Maslen and Jo Joyner, as well as the lovely Steve McFadden.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind really.”

Here’s a reminder of Sharon’s early days on the soap…

She hasn’t changed much has she? Except to get more glam!

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.