EastEnders Lauren Branning arrested at airport in shock scenes as Jacqueline Jossa returns

EastEnders Lauren Branning arrested at airport in shock scenes as Jacqueline Jossa returns

11/15/2023

Jacqueline Jossa steps back into the shoes of Lauren Branning in the first two pictures from her dramatic EastEnders return.

Having spent some time abroad, the Walford favourite is seen being handcuffed by airport police after a sniffer dog discovered a substance in her luggage. Penny Branning and Lauren's young son Louis Beale are in tow, but what must they be thinking?

These comeback scenes will air on BBC One later this year.

Commenting on Jacqueline's upcoming reprisal of her most famous character, a source recently told OK! that it threatens to put yet another strain on her marriage to Dan Osborne.


"Since Jac left EastEnders, she and Dan have lived in their own bubble and have been able to spend lots of time together with their children," the source began. "Her return to the show could make or break this situation, with her working many more hours. Jac feels it’s the right time to go back to work, but like any working mother, she knows it’ll be tough.

"They are a strong couple and although they’ve had their ups and downs, they’ve always come out the other side and stick together no matter what.

"Dan knows the moment she’s back on TV she’ll start being invited out to events alone and it puts her back out there, separate from him. She’ll be back out in the spotlight, going to events and being in demand, and Dan’s got to be able to handle that."

While our source exclusively suggested the couple are now the strongest they’ve ever been, it's a worry that the soap industry's infamously gruelling production schedule could cause issues at home for Jacqueline and Dan, 32.

"I think they’ve done really well coming back from the scandals and building a family brand, and they’re a lot stronger now. They’ve been in a bit of a bubble recently. When they’ve been doing their In The Style campaigns, it’s just them – they’re not really out in public as it’s all done on social media. But when you’re acting and having to attend events – and EastEnders will want her to do all that because she’s got such a high profile – you’re not in that bubble any more," they explained.

Jacqueline originally told The Sun on Sunday when her comeback was announced: "I'm really excited. It’s such an amazing time to be back as there is so much buzz around EastEnders at the moment. I’ve been watching and loving it like a fan. Walford holds a special place in my heart, so it really does feel like coming home."

As for Dan's interest in his wife's work, this is what he said to The Mirror: "For a long time, she was worried Lauren was going to get written back into it, but now she is excited to go back. The time is right now for her so it's good."

When the time comes he won't be watching, though, as he admitted: "To be honest, I don't watch much on TV, if anything it'll be Netflix or something like that. But, I'm sure the girls will watch bits."

EastEnders airs on BBC One.

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