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Jack Branning's daughter Penny returns to Walford alongside cousin Lauren in EastEnders

Penny is making her way back to Walford after 15 years of living abroad.

Daughter of Jack and Selina Branning as well as sister to Amy, Ricky and James Branning, Penny was last seen in Walford in April 2008.

Having always had a fractured relationship with her dad, Jack, Penny has been living in France with her mum, Selina. Now she is on her way to Albert Square, alongside her cousin Lauren, but just what brings the two back to Walford?

Penny will be played by rising star Kitty Castledine, who has recently graduated from LAMDA and this will be her first major television role.

On joining EastEnders, Kitty said "I didn’t expect to start my EastEnders journey so soon out of drama school – I can’t actually believe it! My whole family are EastEnders fans, and I remember sitting on my Nanny Kay’s lap to tune in, and now they get to watch me in Albert Square."

"The inclusion of disabled talent on screen is so important to me as a wheelchair user, so I’m thrilled to be playing a character as feisty and cool as Penny. She’s thrown into the middle of the drama straight away, and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to."

To which Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw added "It’s been a long time since Penny Branning was in Walford, and she’s a very different person from the one our viewers might remember. Kitty is a terrific addition to the show, and we’re looking forward to seeing Penny back in Albert Square."

EastEnders continues Mondays to Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One with first look episodes available from 6am on BBC iPlayer

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