Cindy Beale is set to have a "dynamite" showdown with Kathy Beale in EastEnders.


Actress Michelle Collins has reprised her iconic role as Cindy 25 years after the character was jailed and later died off-screen in 1998.

In Wednesday's episode (21st June 2023), it was confirmed that an alive Cindy was the true identity of new Queen Vic landlord George Knight's (Colin Salmon) missing wife Rose Knight.

The following episode (22nd June 2023) revealed that Cindy Beale had informed on her gangster cellmate and was placed in witness protection, with her death being faked.

Yet, Cindy has now reunited with her first husband Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and will return to Walford full-time later this year.

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Speaking to and other publications at a press event for Cindy and Ian's return, executive producer Chris Clenshaw discussed Cindy's personality all these years later.

On whether Cindy's nastier side will re-emerge, Clenshaw commented: "Yeah, so she's a little softer through everything that's gone on and 25 years of living with a different identity and living a lie to her other family.

"I think what becomes quite apparent later in the year when she returns to Walford, it doesn't take long before we see flashes of the old Cindy Beale."

The executive producer added: "It’s still the same Cindy at her core, she's just had a hell of a journey since we last saw her as well."

As this darker side returns, there is one person who will be sure to take issue with Cindy's return: her former mother-in-law, Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth).

“Yeah, there's some absolute dynamite between Cindy and Kathy," confirmed Clenshaw.

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Michelle Collins as Cindy Beale in EastEnders.
Michelle Collins as Cindy Beale in EastEnders. BBC

Kathy and Cindy repeatedly clashed during previous stints in Albert Square, with Kathy facing off with Cindy over her infidelities, attempts to take Ian's children from him, and – of course – trying to have Ian killed.

Yet, Kathy will be the one person in Walford to know what it is like to be forced to fake your own death and leave your loved ones behind – having done so herself in 2006 until she returned to Walford in 2015.

Could Cindy and Kathy find some common ground after all this time?

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