Jo Joyner would 'never say never' to EastEnders return

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 December 2020
Jo Joyner as Tanya

Jo Joyner as Tanya

Former 'EastEnders' actress Jo Joyner would "never say never" about heading back to the BBC One soap

Jo Joyner would "never say never" about returning to 'EastEnders'.

The 43-year-old actress has played Tanya Branning on the show on and off from 2006 to 2018, and while she would be up for a return at some point, she admitted the Branning family could receive a phone call one day telling them Tanya has died.

Asked if she would go back to the BBC One soap, she said: "I would never say never, I really wouldn't. Because I'm so fond of that Branning family, and what they created and who they all might have become.

"Yes, I would one day.

"But I [Tanya] may well die as well. I'm at the mercy of scripts. There could be a phone call at any minute where somebody just drops it, looks white and says, 'She's dead.' "

The 'Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators' actress admitted she hasn't been able to tune into 'EastEnders' much of late, but she wouldn't be surprised if Tanya's son Oscar returned to the soap one day.

She added to the 'Distinct Nostalgia' podcast: "Shamelessly, I haven't watched 'EastEnders' for a couple of years now, because soap time is when you're just about to get in the car on the way home.

"So there may have been phone calls whereby we've got information as to what she is up to.

"All I know is I [Tanya] left for Exeter with my oldest daughter and Oscar. Oscar must be old enough to come back and cause some trouble now. He could be a handsome, young man now.

"I'm saying I hope she's having a good time somewhere ... I forgot she had lost a daughter [Abi Branning], actually."

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