09:58 02 February 2012
Eastenders bosses have confirmed that Letitia Dean is to return to Walford later this year.
Dean will reprise her role as Sharon Watts, who left the soap back in January 2006 after the death of her on-screen husband, Dennis Rickman.
Letitia said in a statement:
"I am really looking forward to being part of the EastEnders team again, as it has always been very close to my heart. I cannot wait to work with my old colleagues and see what is in store for Sharon."
While Eastenders producer Bryan Kirkwood commented:
"I'm thrilled that Letitia is coming back home to Albert Square where she belongs. Sharon is a real favourite amongst EastEnders' fans and I for one can't wait until she arrives back in the summer."
Sharon was one of the original characters from when the soap launched in 1985.
The adopted daughter of Den and Angie Watts, fans have watched her at the centre of a love triangle with Phil and Grant Mitchell, take the helm of the Queen Vic pub and endure the death of her husband.
All storylines surrounding the return of Sharon to Walford are currently being kept under wraps.
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