With speculation rife about a big EastEnders character returning to the soap, I can confirm that Kat and Alfie won’t be returning, neither will Janine or Tanya and Ronnie and Roxy are definitely still dead. However, there is another familiar face from Walford’s past returning.
After nearly sixteen years away from Walford, Tamzin Outhwaite will be reprising the role of Melanie Owen in the New Year.
Mel arrived in Walford in 1998 before leaving for good in April 2002, fleeing when everything started to fall apart and hasn’t been seen since.
If losing her beloved husband, Steve Owen, was not enough heartbreak for Mel, his web of deceit and lies were soon uncovered and Mel found herself facing a long stretch in prison as she was unknowingly implicated in her late husband’s drug dealing.
As many other betrayals, by those closest to her, came to light Mel took desperate measures and she fled the country, losing Phil the small matter of her £30,000 bail money in the process…
Classy, sassy and fierce, Mel Owen’s return to Walford is bound to turn a few heads as well tear open old wounds. But with so much history in Albert Square, just why is Mel coming back?
One thing is for sure, when gorgeous Mel Owen returns the drama will not be far behind. Speaking about her return to Walford, Tamzin said:
“When I got the call from John (Yorke) asking if I would consider coming back to EastEnders, it was something I just couldn’t refuse. John created Mel’s most memorable storylines so it is an honour that he has asked me to return.
EastEnders is in my DNA and I always knew deep down that someday I would revisit Mel; she is a strong independent woman with lots more stories to tell.
To be stepping back into Mel’s shoes nearly twenty years after I first started feels just perfect.”
During her previous time at EastEnders, Tamzin instantly cemented herself as an EastEnders icon. She was involved in some of the shows biggest storylines including “Who Shot Phil?”, her love affair and subsequent marriage with Steve Owen and who can forget her ill-fated relationship with Ian Beale?
Since leaving EastEnders, Tamzin has gone on to star in countless television, film and theatre roles including Out of Control, Red Cap, New Tricks and Sweet Charity.
Speaking about Tamzin’s return, EastEnders’ Creative Director John Yorke, said:
“Tamzin is one of EastEnders’ biggest stars, so it’s particularly exciting to welcome her back to Walford for an incredible storyline – one that will awaken a lot of old ghosts, some great memories, and a whole new series of adventures too.
We’re thrilled and flattered to have Tamzin back and we can’t wait to reveal just where she’s been, and just who Melanie Owen is now.”
Melanie will be seen on screen in 2018