EastEnders star wants Jean Slater's dark side to return

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From Digital Spy

EastEnders star Gillian Wright has called for Jean Slater's darker side to return when she comes back to Walford.

Jean returns to Albert Square next Tuesday (March 20) after a call from Martin and drops a huge bombshell that causes a stir among the Slaters, and Wright doesn't want any of Jean's edges toned down.

"I'm very keen to keep the writers in check to ensure that the dark side of Jean is still present and could come through. They've assured me it will," she told Radio Times.

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"Jean was vicious to Stacey in those early episodes. Nasty. Of course, one of the main criticisms of EastEnders is that it's miserable. And while I don't want it to be deeply depressing, I do want to join the dots from the early Jean that we saw, so that she remains fully rounded.

"She's a character who can turn on a sixpence – you never know what to expect from her."

Wright added that returning to the Square and reuniting with her on-screen family was just like "putting on an old jumper".

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"The banter is still there. And the years that we've been apart just disappear when we're back together. One of the things that works about the Slaters is that they rub along. They get on each other's nerves and say exactly what they think, but it's never the end of the world," she explained.

EastEnders continues tonight (March 13) at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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