EastEnders: Phil Mitchell and ex-lover Lorna Cartwright come face to face – see the first-look pictures

Actress Janet Dibley will return to the BBC1 tonight

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Alcoholic Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) is to run into old flame Lorna Cartwright (Janet Dibley) tonight when he attends a support group meeting.

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Having had a dark night of the soul in Tuesday’s episode when Jack Branning tried to talk some sense into him, Phil will be be seen this evening surprising Ben and Jay by seeking help.

However, when he arrives at the group, he bumps into a face from his past – ex-lover Lorna, who hasn’t been seen on screen since 1998 when she admitted herself into a detox programme after Phil prevented her from committing suicide.

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Speaking about Lorna’s return, a source told The Sun recently: “Lorna was a great character and viewers loved her, especially her chemistry with Phil. No one wanted Janet to leave in 1998 and now the chance to get her back full-time will not be missed.”

Actress Janet Dibley first found in 1980s’ sitcom The Two of Us, where she starred opposite Nicholas Lyndhurst. Since leaving EastEnders, she has gone on to feature as Elaine Cassidy in Doctors and in veterinary drama The Chase.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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