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'EastEnders' Jacqueline Jossa signs new contract

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EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa has revealed that she has signed a new one-year contract with the soap.

The actress - who plays teen tearaway Lauren Branning - joined the show two years ago. She told the Daily Star that she will continue with the role for as long as she is wanted.

Jacquellne Jossa as Lauren Branning

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Lauren sees a familiar face.

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"I'm having a great time," she said. "I've just signed a one-year contract and am happy to stay for as long as they'll have me.

"I get so excited when I open my scripts. So as long as that continues, then I'm happy. I really do love it."

The 19-year-old also addressed rumours that she is planning to move in with her boyfriend and EastEnders co-star Tony Discipline, who plays Tyler Moon.

"When ­people ask me about marriage or even moving in with Tony I have to laugh," she said. "It's just so ridiculous. I am 19 years old and am enjoying myself.

"Hetti [Bywater] (Lucy Beale) and I are currently neighbours and I can definitely see myself living with her. I mean, imagine it - Lauren and Lucy ­actually living together."

Lauren manages to convince Joey to come over to hers for lunch.

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When asked about Lauren's developing relationship with her cousin Joey, Jossa said that she sympathises somewhat with her character's situation.

"Obviously I can't relate to liking my cousin. But the thing that I'm holding on to is that they haven't been brought up together as cousins," she explained.

"They've ­really only just met... so I kind of feel that it's not that weird that they're cousins - and it can be ­­justified.

"He's good-looking as well and as we all know, Lauren's a bit of a weirdo. She loves it really, she's like 'This could really p*ss off my dad'."

She added: "It's not her biggest motivation, though, as she really does fall for Joey."

Viewers will see Joey and Lauren's relationship deepen over the coming months, with explosive consequences. Jossa's co-star David Witts recently described the upcoming scenes between the pair as "absolutely humongous" and said they were "just what [his character] needed". Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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