Former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Bissix is to return to EastEnders almost 10 years after she left.
The 24-year-old – who played bitchy Clare Cunningham on Hollyoaks – is to return to Walford as Clare Bates, step-daughter of Nigel and Debbie Bates.
Clare left Walford with her father and her teacher after her mum died in a car crash in 1995.
An EastEnders source told The Sun, "Clare goes back to Walford hoping to stay with Dot, who is thrilled to see her. But Clare seems cagey when asked about her stepdad, Nigel."