EastEnders favourites ‘Lofty’ Holloway and Mary ‘The Punk’ Smith are to return to Albert Square in the New Year.
The characters, played by Tom Watt and Linda Davison, will return to Walford to attend a funeral, three decades on from their last appearances in the soap.
Davison said she was “so thrilled and very proud” to be back, while Watt said it would be “lovely to set foot back in Albert Square all these years later.”
Their return follows that of Leonard Fenton, aka Doctor Harold Legg.
John Yorke, EastEnders’ executive consultant, said Watt and Davison’s characters were “iconic” and that he was “thrilled” to have them back.
Warning: plot spoilers follow
Lofty and Mary will return to Albert Square to attend Doctor Legg’s funeral and pay their final respects to the much-loved physician.
It will follow Legg’s recent admission to his friend Dorothy ‘Dot’ Branning that he had terminal pancreatic cancer and had turned down life-prolonging treatment.
“Doctor Legg is an iconic character so it feels fitting that Lofty should return to say goodbye,” said Watt, who was last seen in the role in 1988.
Smith, who appeared in EastEnders from 1985 to 1988, said its cast had been her “first proper family” and that she was “very proud to be returning to that family 35 years later.”