Ian Beale to discover Mandy lapdancing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 July 2011
Nicola Stapleton

Nicola Stapleton

Mandy Salter (Nicola Stapleton) returns to 'EastEnders' in a storyline that sees Ian Beale finding her working in a lapdancing club

Mandy Salter returns to 'EastEnders' when Ian Beale finds her working in a lapdancing club.

The former teenage runaway - who will again be played by Nicola Stapleton - will reappear in Albert Square after 17 years when the hapless businessman realises she is in trouble, and vows to help her turn her life around.

A source said: "Nicola doesn't look like she has aged since she left. She looks amazing.

"She found it a bit strange to film her first scenes in underwear and bikinis but she joked that she might as well 'jump straight back in'."

When it was confirmed the character will return, a show spokesperson promised Mandy - who previously slept with Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) - will cause trouble for some Albert Square residents.

They said: "Mandy's grown up a bit but she's still fun, chaotic and wild - with a spiteful streak. She is a manipulative force of nature, so it's likely that she'll be causing trouble for at least one of Walford's residents."

Meanwhile, Ian (Adam Woodyatt) lands himself in trouble when he goes kerb crawling and, after handing a wad of money to a prostitute, is stunned when she turns out to be an undercover policewoman.

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