EastEnders’ Samantha Womack teases ‘possible’ return as she questions if Ronnie ‘really died’

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Samantha Womack has teased a "possible" EastEnders return for her character Ronnie Mitchell despite the fact her character was killed off in 2017.

Soap fans will remember that Ronnie and Roxy, played by Rita Simons, tragically drowned during a dramatic New Year's Day episode.

However, Samantha, 48, has now questioned whether the soap siblings "really died" and teased a possible return for the two characters.

Speaking to Metro, the actress said: "There have been all these suggestions as to how they could get us back in. Did they really die – Billy [their onscreen cousin] was working in the morgue. I don’t know what plausible story they could come up with.

"It’s a bit like the Dallas thing with Bobby Ewing and Dirty Den came back, so it’s always possible I suppose."

Asked whether she "wished she could go back", Samantha added: "I would always have gone back. I loved Ronnie and Roxy. My relationship with Rita Simons, who played my sister was great, I felt so close to her."

Samantha also speculated about a "possible" return during an interview with Cristo Foufas on TalkRadio saying that her character Ronnie could have faked her own death.

She said: "Billy works in the mortuary. He was working in the funeral parlour. Someone sent me storylines of people that had faked their own deaths to come out of situations. It's really funny."

It comes after fellow EastEnders star Jake Wood teased a potential return for his character and insisted that he "never got bored" of Max Branning after 15 years of playing Albert Square's bad boy.

Speaking in an interview, the actor, 49, admitted that he was "pleased" that soap bosses had "left the door open" and cryptically added: "Never say never!"

Jake shocked EastEnders fans when he left the hit BBC One soap earlier this year in February after his character first stepped foot in Walford in 2006.

During his time on programme, Jake's character Max was part of several shocking storylines which included numerous affairs, being wrongly imprisoned for the murder of Lucy Beale and even buried alive by ex-wife Tanya Cross.

Talking to Mirror, Jake said: "I never got bored playing him… Although the scene when I was buried alive was tough. It was hard graft, but I’m really pleased that they’ve left the door open for the character to return. Never say never."

He added: "Max felt very real to me. He was just a guy who didn’t know happiness when he had it. He wanted to be a better dad than his dad had been to him but for whatever reason he couldn’t see what was under his nose, the grass was always greener. I always found that tragic.

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"Yeah I liked him. That’s one of the reasons I was there 15 years."

Since the character's exit, Linda Carter, played by Kellie Bright, has discovered that she is pregnant with Max's baby, which soap fans have predicted as a possible return storyline.

EastEnders continues on BBC One.

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