Lacey Turner, one of EastEnders most popular actresses, is set to reprise her role as Stacey Branning.
After just over three years away from Albert Square, Stacey will arrive back in Walford early next year. Last seen fleeing the country after Janine exposed her for killing Archie Mitchell, Stacey’s return is set to be one to remember.
Lacey Turner’s portrayal of Stacey created one of EastEnders most loved characters. Over the 6 years of playing Stacey, Lacey won over 30 awards, including Best Newcomer, Best Actress and Most Popular Actress at the National TV Awards and British Soap awards as well as numerous others. Lacey’s portrayal of Stacey’s bi-polar disorder also won praise from the Mental Health in the Media Awards.
During the time Lacey was in EastEnders she had been heavily involved in many of the shows biggest storylines including her affair with her father-in law, Max Branning, which attracted an audience of 14.3 million viewers when it was finally revealed on Christmas Day in 2007. Lacey also played a huge part in the live episode which transmitted as part of EastEnders 25th anniversary where it was revealed that Stacey was the one who killed Archie Mitchell.
Speaking of returning to EastEnders Lacey says “I may have left EastEnders over 3 years ago but the show has always been in my heart, as has Stacey, and she has never really left my side. I am so excited about returning and seeing what the future holds for her. It’s been a while since I set foot in Albert Square and I am looking forward to coming home.”
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer adds “Stacey is one of EastEnders’ best-loved characters, played by one of television’s finest actors and I am tremendously excited that Lacey has decided to return home to Walford. Stacey’s last time on the Square was iconic. But that was just the first act. There is so much more to come for Stacey – and her return will send ripples of drama through the Square.”
Since leaving EastEnders Lacey has starred in numerous dramas including BBC One’s Our Girl. Lacey will also be filming a five part series of Our Girl next year as well as reprising her role in EastEnders.
Lacey – who made her first appearance as Stacey on 1st November 2004 and her last appearance was on 25th December 2010 – will start filming with EastEnders in January 2014.
Are you glad she’s back?
For now, here’s a look at what’s ahead in the next episode…