The BBC has released images of Lacey Turner filming her comeback as EastEnders’s Stacey Branning for scenes that will be screened in February. The 25-year-old actress was shooting on location yesterday with co-star Jessie Wallace (who plays Kat Slater).
Stacey is to make a shock return to Albert Square next month, three years on from fleeing Walford after Janine exposed her as Archie Mitchell’s killer.
Lacey Turner, who originally played Stacey from 2004 to 2010, recently said of her decision to reprise the role: “I may have left EastEnders over three 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.”
Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added: “Stacey is one of EastEnders's 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.”
During her original stint, Turner won over 30 awards, including Best Newcomer, Best Actress and Most Popular Actress at the National TV awards and British Soap Awards, and received praise from the Metal Health in the Media Awards for her portrayal of Stacey’s bi-polar disorder. Among the character’s other high-profile storylines were her affair with father-in-law Max Branning (memorably exposed in the 2007 Christmas Day episode) and the revelation during the soap’s live 25th anniversary special that Stacey was the one to have murdered Archie Mitchell.
As well as rejoining EastEnders in January, Turner will also be filming a five-part series of Our Girl following a successful BBC1 pilot that was shown back in March.