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Tracy-Ann Oberman returning to EastEnders as Chrissie Watts this autumn

But after almost 20 years away, what brings her back to Walford?

Chrissie Watts, played by Tracy-Ann Oberman last appeared on-screen on 9th December 2005 when she was imprisoned for Den Watts’ murder but this autumn she’ll be back in our screens for a short stint.

Chrissie first arrived in Walford on 29 April 2004 after she came in search of husband Den Watts, having met him 7 years previously in Spain. At the time of her arrival, Chrissie and Den’s family were not aware of each other’s existence.

She then famously left Walford in December 2005 after being imprisoned for the murder of husband, Den Watts.

In a bid to protect their freedom, Chrissie alongside Sam Mitchell and Zoe Slater buried Den under the floor of The Vic barrel store and Chrissie lived for months under false pretences with Den’s beloved adoptive daughter, Sharon Watts and his son Dennis Rickman.

Accomplice Sam was initially held responsible for the crime after she drunkenly dug up Den’s body on Sharon and Dennis’ wedding day, but Chrissie’s actions were soon uncovered when Phil and Grant Mitchell returned to the Square in a bid to free their sister and Chrissie has been imprisoned ever since.


Although Chrissie only resided in Walford for just over a year-and-a-half during her last stint, Chrissie left a whole heap of drama in her wake, and a long list of enemies.

From hacking off Kate Mitchell’s hair after she discovered the affair between her and husband Den, to finding herself on the receiving end of Kat Slater’s wrath for getting daughter Zoe caught up in his murder, there are many people in Walford who were glad to see the back of her.

However, Chrissie’s biggest enemy during her time in the Square came in the form of Den’s beloved ‘Princess’, Sharon, when Chrissie learnt the hard way that in Den’s world, his daughter always came first.


With the circumstances relating to her return currently under wraps it remains to be seen why the notorious Chrissie Watts is back. But one thing is for certain, there are sure to be fireworks.


Speaking about returning to EastEnders, Tracy-Ann Oberman, who has already begun filming, said "Chrissie Watts was such a great character to play - a victim or a villain. She is a real fan favourite so, when Chris Clenshaw asked me to come back and re-visit her and see what has happened in the last 19 years, I jumped at the chance. The scripts are fantastic and I hope the viewers enjoy her as much as I am enjoying playing her again."


To which Executive Producer, Chris Clenshaw added "I’m delighted to welcome the immensely talented Tracy-Ann back to the iconic role of Chrissie Watts. Although the character hasn’t been seen on screen for almost twenty years, Chrissie is cemented in EastEnders’ rich history for her murder of Walford’s most infamous villain, and Sharon’s beloved father, Dirty Den."

"I’m keeping tight-lipped on the exact circumstances relating to her return for the time being, but what I can promise is that it’s never quiet when Chrissie Watts is around."

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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