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Tanya Franks excited over 'EastEnders' future

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Rainie Cross (Tanya Franks) from 'EastEnders'

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EastEnders returnee Tanya Franks has revealed that she is excited about exploring the family dynamic between the Cross ladies in forthcoming storylines.

The actress is currently back on screen as Tanya's troubled sister Rainie, while bosses at the BBC soap have also confirmed that Ann Mitchell is reprising her role as the pair's outspoken mother Cora on a permanent basis.

"Rainie needs Tanya in her life," Franks told Inside Soap of the sisterly bond. "They're almost acting like sisters now because Rainie's trying this time, and Tanya doesn't want to turn her back on her. Rainie's no angel by any stretch of the imagination, so we'll see if Tanya can find the strength to deal with her."

Discussing the return of Cora, she continued: "Ann Mitchell isn't that scary in real life! It'll be nice to see these three crazy women as a family unit. There's room for lots more skeletons to fall out of the closet."

Franks has made a number of guest appearances in EastEnders since her original debut on the programme in 2007.

"This is my fourth stint on the show, so it was lovely when I was asked to stay on for a bit longer," she added. "I'm here 'til the end of the year at least."

EastEnders' executive producer Bryan Kirkwood recently explained that he is "really keen to establish the Cross women" on the Square in the months ahead.

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