Danniella Westbrook returns to EastEnders
Actress Danniella Westbrook IS to make a sensational return to EastEnders.
Danniella, 35, who publicly battled cocaine addiction which left her with horrific nose damage, will make a comeback as fiery Sam Mitchell.
The Sun revealed last month how Enders bosses were considering bringing Danniella back after nine years away from Albert Square.
Her troublemaker character, played for an intervening period by replacement star Kim Medcalf, was last seen in 2005 “bolting” to Brazil.
Now it has been confirmed that Danniella is stepping back into the role she first played as a teenager in 1990.
Speaking for the first time about it last night, she said: “I’m really happy — it feels just like coming home.
“I’m looking forward to working with the others and I can’t wait to get the scripts to see what Sam has been up to since she was last in the Square.”
Danniella starts filming this summer for her dramatic return, which is bound to be a headache for former hubby Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) and his ex Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer).
Danniella, whose coke problem was highlighted by a shocking picture of her destroyed septum, left the show in 2000.
She last appeared on telly in 2003 in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity... and told how she was an “ordinary” wife and mum of two.
EastEnders executive producer Diederick Santer added: “It feels like a great time to bring back Sam.”