Exclusive: Neighbours's Denise van Outen was planning a return to the soap

Catherine Earp
·2-min read
Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

From Digital Spy

Neighbours gave Denise van Outen a very dramatic send off when she exited the show in early 2020.

Her character Prue was caught in the middle of a shocking explosion after a bomb went off in a box she was holding.

But speaking to Digital Spy before leaving Dancing On Ice last week, Denise revealed that she'd planned a return to the Australian soap.

"We did talk about going back but unfortunately we can’t go back because of lockdown and travel restrictions," she explained.

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

"But we did have it down that there was a possibility that Prue would make another appearance.

"Obviously I’m doing Dancing On Ice with Jason Donavan and his daughter Gemma played my daughter in Neighbours so I always say I’d love to get back and see her, but I’m with her dad instead at the moment, skating round an ice rink."

Denise previously hinted that the explosion wasn't the end of Prue in another Digital Spy interview last year.

Photo credit: Heineken
Photo credit: Heineken

"If you're going to go out, what a way to go – in an explosion," she said.

"But it's a little bit of a cliffhanger because the producer said to me: 'We don't know if she survived that. We don't know if she was still in the car. She could have escaped or anything could have happened'.

"So we'll have to wait and see."

The actress is currently supporting Heineken with its Brewing Good Cheer campaign which showcases the positive and important role pubs play in the community.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

"I grew up in a family of typical East enders where everything was centred around our local pub," she said.

"It was like the meeting point for family members and friends. It’s played such a massive part of my life and it does feel like there’s a big hole in a lot of our lives.

"Heineken have really gone out of their way and donated thousands of pounds to help the isolated and vulnerable and making people truly understand what local pubs really do for the community.

"People don’t realise the important the pub brings to their lives, it’s not about sitting and drinking and getting drunk. It’s socialising and feeling part of something and connecting to other people."

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