Letitia Dean: 'I want to be new matriarch'
Letitia Dean hopes she becomes a new matriarch on 'EastEnders' as she "feels like one"
Letitia Dean feels like a "matriarch" on the set of 'EastEnders'.
The 44-year-old actress has returned as Sharon in the soap for the first time since 2006 - having first appeared when she was 16 - and she admits all she needs is "shoulder pads" to get back into the character.
She said: "Her skirts have got a bit longer and her hair slightly bigger, but there's still that 80s theme. There was an idea to make her a bit more edgy - as an actress, part of you wants to come back with a nice, short, dark bob. But I think the public like people who don't really change their decade much.
"To slip back into Sharon, I just need shoulder pads and a sugar plum lustre.
"I'm 45 now in the show and I was 16 when I started so I'm hopefully going to become a matriarch. I bloody feel like one!"
Letitia - whose return will be marked by a special seven episode run - also feels her late co-star Wendy Richards is looking over her.
She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I'm so happy to be back and I still feel Wendy is here for me. We were neighbours and really good friends.
"Occasionally I say things to people and think, 'Wendy would love that.' She's in a better place now, she was very poorly. But she loved that show more than life itself."