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'EastEnders' Mandy return is exciting for Ian, says Nicola Stapleton

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EastEnders returnee Nicola Stapleton has explained why Ian Beale becomes a saviour for her character Mandy Salter in a forthcoming story.

Mandy will be back on screens later this month after 17 years away from Albert Square and she has been tipped to immediately feature in a plotline alongside Ian, played by Adam Woodyatt.

As first reported last month, Mandy comes face-to-face with Ian while she is working as a lapdancer in a strip club, before heading back to Walford when he offers her a place to stay and help turning her life around.

Discussing why Ian wants to assist Mandy, Stapleton told Soaplife: "I think this is the most exciting thing that has happened to Ian in a long time. There's banter between them and she has a real energy that lifts his spirits. They have fun and Ian agrees to put her up."

Meanwhile, asked whether Mandy has any family, the actress replied: "Not that we know of at the moment… When we meet her she's very much on her own living hand-to-mouth. I think there's a part of her that wants to be maternal as she gets on really well with Bobby, who becomes her little mate."

Stapleton recently ruled out a romance for Mandy and Ian, promising that the relationship will be "just a friendship".

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