Anita Dobson 'tempted' by Enders return

Anita Dobson admits there have been two occasions when she was ''seriously tempted'' to return to 'EastEnders'

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Anita Dobson has been "seriously tempted" to return to 'EastEnders'.

The 62-year-old actress departed her iconic role of pub landlady Angie Watts in 1988 - with the character dying off screen in 2002 - and though she had several offers to return to the show, she didn't think it would have been a good idea.

Asked why she never reprised the role, she said: "Why tarnish the gorgeous creation that was Angie Watts? I was seriously tempted to go back twice but once you make a decision as big as that to leave, I think it's very rare that you go back.

"She was flawed but fabulous - and the combination was magical. What a wonderfully complicated, completely joyful, screwed-up, mad kind of creature she was!

"I had a healthy career before I got EastEnders, so I went back to that until I found my feet again. And I've been really lucky - I've had a great career and done some fantastic things since so there never was that reason to go back.

"When my agent rang me and told me they were going to kill Angie off, I said, 'Good'. It was time. They had asked me so many times if I'd go back and I'd always said 'Never say never', but realistically it was never going to happen."

'EastEnders' recorded the highest-ever audience for a drama in 1986, when 30 million people tuned in on Christmas Day to see Angie's husband Den Watts serve her with divorce papers and Anita admits she is still "proud" of the scene.

She told The Sun newspaper: "It seems like another lifetime now. I sometimes look at the clips of Angie and Den they show and I look like a distant relative!

"But I'm still very proud of it - and very proud of her. It's funny because Angie is still there, she's still inside me. She was very close to me - I come from the East End and there were a lot of people I knew and a lot of my mum and family that went into her so she's very special to me and always will be."

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