Fans of EastEnders might be happy to learn that another fan favourite is returning to the show after being away for twelve years.
The bosses have promised a “much more mature and confident Ruby” as Louisa Lytton returns to the soap.
The actress becomes the latest star to return to Albert Square, reprising her role as Ruby Allen. Now 29, Louisa first joined the soap in March 2005, impressing fans as the daughter of gangster, Johnny Allen.
She left the soap a year later in 2006 after her character Ruby was left heartbroken by hunky Sean Slater – played by Hollywood star Rob Kazinsky.
Louisa spoke of her return, saying: “EastEnders was my first acting job out of drama school and opened so many doors for me.”
She added: “It’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to come back and explore my character and I’m excited to see what’s in store for Ruby.
“We last saw her 12 years ago as a young girl and now she is returning as a woman with scope for major change and some brilliantly challenging storylines.”
Ruby left the Square in the back of a taxi and her friendship with Stacey Slater was in ruins. Now Ruby will confront her former pal with bosses promising dramatic storylines before the end of the year.
Since taking the helm, show boss John Yorke has brought back EastEnders legends Kat Slater, Alfie Moon, and Stacey Slater.
He revealed: “Louisa is a fantastic actress and I am delighted that she is returning to EastEnders.
“Now 12 years older, viewers will see a much more mature and confident Ruby who is set to be involved in one of our biggest storylines later this. year.”
After her initial stint on EastEnders, Louisa went on to star in The Bill and a touring theatre production of Grease. In 2006 she made it to the quarter-finals of Strictly Come dancing.
Here is what some of the other kids from Eastenders are up to nowadays.
1. Janine Butcher
Rebecca Michael played the original Janine Butcher and is now switched from acting to work for Google.
2. Peter Beale
Peter’s character has been played by six different actors. Probably the most popular of them all was Thomas Law, who has gone on to appear in Simon Pegg film The World’s End, as well as Casualty and TV short The Inner.
3. Lucy Beale
Lucy was another character to be taken on by several actresses, the most recent on which being Casey Anne Rothery who played the role for eight years. She’s now living in Marbella, Spain.
4. Steven Beale
One of the actors to play Steven was Edward Savage, who went on to follow a different career path. He started out playing football professionally for the Wycombe Wanderers Youth Team and the senior club before eight knee operations inevitably ended that career. He’s now keeping with the fitness route, working as a personal trainer and managing the budget gym group Xercise4Less in Sunderland.
5. Martin Fowler
James Alexandrou played Martin for a total of 11 years before leaving the soap in 2007. He’s still appearing on TV in dramas like Silent Witness and Casualty, as well as on stage, playing Shakespearean roles in London’s West End and at the Globe Theatre.
6. Ben Mitchell
Charlie Jones played Ben way back in 2006 until 2010. He’s still acting today and is keeping up his studies at a performing arts school in London.
7. Lauren Branning
Madeline is still acting, appearing in Silent Witness in 2012, Channel 4 drama Dates in 2013 and Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel: Sabotage.
8. Jamie Mitchell
Jack Ryder was a real teen heartthrob, and shocked fans with his new appearance. Nowadays, despite appearing in an episode of Casualty, he works more in directing for film and theatre. He worked in the touring production for The Full Monty.
9. Tiffany Butcher
Maisie Smith entered the soap as Tiffany in 2008, but has moved on to become a fitness guru to inspire her fans, launching her own workout program ‘Results 4 Teens’.
10. Billie Jackson
Devon Anderson, for the most part, played the role of Billie throughout the characters time on the show. Billie’s death was nominated in the Best Single Episode category at the 2011 British Soap Awards.