June Whitfield (opens in new tab) is to star opposite Jessie Wallace in a special episode of EastEnders in which Kat Moon returns to her past.
Star of Absolutely Fabulous and the Carry On movies June, 89, will feature in the one-off episode in May and said: "I have watched EastEnders for years, and have been so impressed by the standard of acting. It was an absolute delight to work with Jessie Wallace and I am very excited to be part of the show."
As well, former Howards' Way star Jan Harvey (opens in new tab) will feature in a one-off episode in April alongside Letitia Dean (Sharon Mitchell).
Talking of the role, Jan said: “I loved working on such an iconic show. Everyone was so welcoming. EastEnders is really like one big family."
EastEnders wouldn't reveal exactly which roles June and Jan will play, but the soap's boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: “We are extremely privileged to have two British television legends joining us for guest roles as Albert Square heads into the spring.
"Both June and Jan are class acts, bringing warmth and humanity to two characters who will shed some light on the pasts of two of our most iconic women – Sharon Mitchell and Kat Moon – changing both their lives in very different ways…”
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