EastEnders actress Amanda Drew is to reprise her controversial Walford role as warped Dr 'Mad' May Wright. The 38-year-old actress will resurrect her sinister screen counterpart after almost a year's break. Viewers last saw May tangled in the midst of Albert Square's baby abduction storyline which led to her character's exit from the soap. Her on-screen husband Rob Minter will not be returning.
Meanwhile Charlie Brooks has signed up to make a permanent return to the soap. The 26-year-old recently reprised her Walford role as Janine Butcher. EastEnders bosses so were impressed by her performance and the audience reaction that they discussed a longer-term contract. Brooks returns to filming in the summer and will re-appear on screen at the end of October or beginning of November.