The Mitchell brothers are to be reunited this spring when Ross Kemp returns as Grant for the first time in a decade.
Phil’s brother was last seen on EastEnders back in 2006 but will make an emotional comeback in time for mum Peggy’s death.
As reported on Saturday, Barbara Windsor is to bow out for good later this year, but not before Peggy shares the screen with both of her sons.
Speaking of his brief return, Kemp said: “When I was approached about returning to EastEnders for Barbara’s final episodes, it was something I could not turn down.
“Barbara is a very close friend so when I learned of the storyline, it felt right that the Mitchell brothers are reunited with their mother for the last time.
“I am really looking forward to going back to EastEnders and filming what are set to be some classic episodes.”
Ross Kemp’s association with EastEnders dates back to 1990 when he arrived in Albert Square alongside his onscreen brother, Phil, played by Steve McFadden.
Since that time, a lot has changed for the Mitchells with Grant’s ex-wife Sharon now married to Phil, while Kathy (who was once married to Phil and who also slept with Grant) has also returned to Walford within the last year.
Speaking about what Mitchell the family reunion means, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: “Ross Kemp is top of every EastEnders fan’s return wish list. And being an EastEnders fan myself, he has been at the top of mine.
“Grant Mitchell is an EastEnders legend and finally he is returning home to Walford to say goodbye to his mother and be reunited not just with his old loves, but also his brother. To have the Mitchell brothers come face to face again, having to face losing their mother, is an opportunity to show Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden at their very best.
“We are all so excited finally to have Ross back on the Square – and to have Ross Kemp, Barbara Windsor, Steve McFadden, Letitia Dean and Gillian Taylforth all on screen together at the same time as Peggy makes an exit like no other. This promises to be something very special.”
Since originally leaving the soap back in 1999, Ross Kemp has gone on to become a Bafta-award-winning investigative journalist for his Sky1 documentary series. His brand new show, Ross Kemp’s Britain, will air in March with a further series of Extreme World set to be screened later in the year.
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