EastEnders spoilers: Rainie set to blackmail Ian Beale - new details and pictures released

Actress Tanya Franks made a surprise return to the BBC1 soap in last night's episode

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EastEnders spoilers: Rainie set to blackmail Ian Beale - new details and pictures released
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New details have emerged about the return of the ruthless and manipulative Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks), who reappeared in Walford during last night's EastEnders.

In this evening's episode, Rainie will realise that she is the only person who knows what Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) was up to on the night that Lucy died. Rainie quickly gathers how valuable the information is and decides to blackmail Ian, but a big question mark still hangs over Ian's whereabouts at the moment his daughter was killed.

On the topic of Rainie's comeback, an EastEnders spokesperson said to RadioTimes.com: "It never rains but it pours for Ian! Having received numerous texts and phone calls over the past couple of weeks, it has now been revealed that the mystery sender was Rainie and now she’s back.

"But why has she returned and what does she know about Good Friday that Ian is so desperate to keep quiet?"

During her original time in the Square, Rainie was seen struggling with addictions to both alcohol and drugs. Her most high profile storyline came when she had a crack-fuelled affair with Phil Mitchell during 2010.

Rainie hasn't been seen on screen since December 2011 when she left after failing to reconcile with Tanya. Since that time, actress Tanya Franks has appeared in New Tricks and the TV movie Liz & Dick, as well as starring as Lucy Stevens, the disreputable sister of Olivia Colman's character Detective Miller in ITV's Broadchurch.