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EastEnders deny Danniella Westbrook's claims she's set to return - report

As she appeared on Loose Women on Thursday, Danniella told the presenters she was in talks to return to the show.

Danniella Westbrook insisted during an interview Thursday (11May17) that she would be back on EastEnders by the "end of the year", but sources on the BBC soap have embarrassingly denied her claims.

The troubled actress, who played Sam Mitchell in the programme at various points over the years, most recently returned to the show last year for on-screen mother Peggy's funeral. However, her comeback was marred by reports she arrived on set late, leading to EastEnders bosses reportedly cutting her contract after just two weeks of filming.

As she appeared on Loose Women on Thursday, Danniella told the presenters she was in talks to return to the show.

"There’s a big chance of me going back into EastEnders. I’m going to be back there at the end of the year," she said.

However, sources on the programme have now told The Sun that there are "no plans" for the actress to return to Albert Square.

"There are no plans for Danniella to return, it’s just not going to happen," an insider told the publication. "It’s very odd that she keeps harping on about her return to the soap because it has plainly never been discussed."

A spokesperson for EastEnders added to The Sun: "There are no plans for Danniella to return."

Danniella's appearance on Loose Women came after she spent a month in rehab in Spain, in an attempt to kick her drug addition once and for all.

She has previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, but told the Loose Women she has stopped taking all her medications so that she could have holistic treatment and therapy.

"I was sick of being sick and walking around like a medicine bottle, taking tablets for this, taking tablets for that so I’ve come off every bit of medication that I’m on," she explained. "I’ve been on medication for bipolar since 2001 and I think a lot of it can be done holistically and with therapy."

When Nadia Sawalha asked if it was "safe" for Danniella to come off the medications, considering her health issues, the actress replied: "I weaned myself off them and brought myself down slowly with medical advice in a rehab centre in Spain.”

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