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Ross Kemp struggled to learn lines for EastEnders return

By Julia Hunt

Ross Kemp has admitted he struggled to learn his lines when he returned to EastEnders following a decade away from the soap.

The award-winning documentary-maker is reprising the role of Grant Mitchell ahead of the on-screen death of the hardman's mother, Albert Square matriarch Peggy Mitchell (Dame Barbara Windsor).

The actor - who has received international recognition for his series Ross Kemp On Gangs, said: "I've been too busy dodging bullets in real life. So, to start with, learning lines was like pouring treacle into my head."

Kemp (51) last appeared on the show in 2006 and said it was "surreal" going back to Walford.

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