Denise Van Outen to join EastEnders

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 May 2013
Denise Van Outen

Denise Van Outen

Denise Van Outen has been holding secret talks with 'EastEnders' bosses about joining the soap

Denise Van Outen is set to join 'EastEnders'.

The 38-year-old star - who has three-year-old daughter Betsy with husband Lee Mead - has reportedly been in a string of secret meetings with soap bosses, who believe she can save the flagging ratings on the show.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It could be a brilliant casting move.

"She would be a perfect addition to the team with her stunning looks and hugely impressive acting credentials."

Though no specific details on the role she'd play have been released, it is thought programme chiefs see her as a "new, young and fresh" Peggy Mitchell, the former Queen Vic landlady and Walford matriarch who was played by Barbara Windsor.

Denise - who has been asked to appear on the soap twice before - has previously admitted she would love to join the BBC show.

She has said: "I love 'EastEnders' and I know quite a few people in the cast. I went to school with Nicola Stapleton (Mandy) and Samantha Womack (Ronnie). And Chris Parker, who used to play Spencer, is one of my best mates."

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