We reported months ago how EastEnders veteran, Letitia Dean was returning tot he hit BBC soap to reprise her role as Sharon Rickman this summer, and now we can reveal how and for how long!
Sharon Rickman (nee Watts and occasionally Mitchell) was last seen on our screens back in 2006 when she left the fictional borough of Walford to start a new life in the US after the death of her husband, Dennis, whilst pregnant with his child.
Dean has left and returned many times in the soap since she first joined the cast back in 1985 when the show started, and has always been listed as a former/returning character according tot he characters Wikipedia page. When her latest return was announced, according to the site, Dean is quoted as saying: “I am really looking forward to being part of the EastEnders team again, as it has always been very close to my heart. I cannot wait to work with my old colleagues and see what is in store for Sharon.”
Her return sparked rumours that her return was connected to the repeated absence of current leading Walford lady, Jessie Wallace, who plays Kat Moon in the award-winning soap, but producers were quick to quash these.
An EastEnders spokesperson said at the time: “There is no link between Letitia’s return to EastEnders and Jessie not being around at the moment. We have been working on plans to bring Sharon back for quite some time.”
Sharon’s return date is set for August 13th, when the show is moved back to BBC1 after its short, Olympic enforced trip to BBC2, and according to the Sun newspaper, will only feature in 7 episodes. Her storyline is set to centre around seeking ex-flame Phil Mitchell’s (Steve McFadden) help in finding her kidnapped son, Dennis Junior.
Executive producer Lorraine Newman said: “Dramatic twists and turns lie ahead.”
Watch Letitia’s final scenes from her last stint ont he show in the clips below:
EastEnders can be seen on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings on the BBC, please make sure you double-check for timings and channels due to the Olympic Games schedule disruption.