EastEnders: Scott Maslen makes surprise return as Jack Branning

Jack was seen startling ex-wife Ronnie with his reappearance in tonight's episode

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So, Jack’s back! And he doesn’t look at all happy about laying eyes on ex-wife Ronnie Mitchell.

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Viewers who caught the Christmas Eve episode of EastEnders saw actor Scott Maslen make a shock comeback as Jack Branning, the first time the character has been seen on the BBC1 soap since October 2013.

Long-time fans will remember that Jack left for France in order to reconnect with his daughter Penny, but his reappearance looks set to coincide with some high drama for one-time love Ronnie.

Ice queen Ronnie (Samantha Womack) is currently up to her neck in trouble, after appearing to make plans to get rid of adversary Vincent Hubbard (Richard Blackwood).

Having called an unseen acquaintance, who has now messaged Ronnie to tell her that “it’s done”, it seems that Vincent is currently stashed in the boot of a car at Mitchell’s Autos.

Those who know Ronnie’s history will realise that this is a particularly dangerous place to be, what with her having sent the evil Carl White to a crusher in 2014. So is Vincent about to breathe his last over the festive season? And is Jack the person who Ronnie was seen calling?

Since he originally exited EastEnders, Scott Maslen has appeared on E!’s drama series The Royals and also competed in the 2015 series of Celebrity MasterChef. He is currently appearing in Aladdin at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of all the upcoming drama on EastEnders below.

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