EastEnders' new family

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 November 2010
Jessie Wallace

EastEnders star Jessie Wallace

'EastEnders' boss Bryan Kirkwood has admitted the BBC One soap is set see a new family descend on Albert Square within the next year

'EastEnders' is set to have a new family within the next year.

Bryan Kirkwood, executive producer of the BBC One soap, has admitted he's loved having Kat (Jessie Wallace) and Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) back on the show after their five-year hiatus, and he now wants to introduce more fresh faces to Albert Square over the next 12 months.

He told BBC's 'Points of View': "I love seeing Kat and Alfie back on screen and acting alongside icons like Phil (Steve McFadden), Carol (Lindsey Coulson) and Bianca (Patsy Palmer), and new stars like the Masood family.

"We are always looking for new characters and great new actors, and that's going on behind the scenes. We may unveil a new family in the next year or so."

While Bryan was thrilled with Kat and Alfie's comeback on the soap, actress Jessie Wallace recently revealed she "felt sick" when she returned to the 'EastEnders' set earlier this year.

The 39-year-old star explained it had been so long since she had played her feisty alter-ego she didn't think she would be able to portray the role again.

She said: "I didn't think I'd be able to play Kat again. It had been five years and I'd forgotten the way she speaks, the whole character, everything.

"On the first day, I felt sick. I put on Kat's make-up and clothes and I was walking to the set shaking, thinking, 'I don't think I can do this'."

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