Sam Mitchell returning to Albert Square as Kim Medcalf returns to EastEnders

There's trouble coming to Walford this spring as Kim Medcalf reprises her role as the notorious Sam Mitchell.


Since landing on our screens back in 1990, Sam, daughter of Peggy and sister to Phil and Grant Mitchell, has wreaked havoc wherever she turns leaving her with a long and troubled past in the Square.


Involved in numerous memorable storylines including being caught up in the death of Dirty Den and having an affair with Jack Branning, it’s safe to say her return won’t go down well with some of the residents.

Last seen in 2016 for her beloved mother’s funeral, Sam yet again left a trail of destruction after ditching her son, Ricky, with his father Jack Branning and fleeing Walford with no warning.


With such a turbulent and complicated past, Sam’s return promises to cause drama but viewers will have to wait and see just what brings her back to her stomping ground once more.

On reprising her role as Sam Mitchell for the first time since 2005, Kim Medcalf said "When the BBC approached me last year to reprise the role of Sam I was thrilled. She’s a brilliant character and I can’t wait to get back in the Square this spring and work with the amazing cast of both familiar and new faces."

Head of Continuing Drama, Kate Oates, added "The Mitchells are one of the most iconic families in soap, and I have long wanted to bring Sam back into the family fold. With Phil potentially facing a long spell inside, Sam arrives back in Walford ready to take what she sees as her rightful place in the Mitchell empire. But with strong grudges against Kat, Sharon, Jack and Denise, to name but a few, her return is guaranteed to be explosive…"


Sam Mitchell first arrived in Walford in 1990 and was played by Danniella Westbrook before Kim Medcalf took on the role in 2002 until she departed in 2005. Danniella Westbrook later returned as Sam Mitchell in 2009 and last appeared on screen in 2016.


EastEnders continues Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One