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EastEnders: Jane Beale to return permanently in late 2014

EastEnders star Laurie Brett will return to the soap on a permanent basis later this year.

The actress has now finished filming her latest stint as Jane Beale, but will be back on set as a regular cast member from the autumn.

Laurie Brett as Jane Beale


Laurie Brett as Jane Beale

Brett is taking time away from EastEnders again as she still has a number of Waterloo Road episodes to film in her role as troubled teacher Christine Mulgrew.

In EastEnders, viewers will see Jane remain on screen for the next few weeks as she deals with the devastating loss of her stepdaughter Lucy.

After Lucy's funeral, Jane will leave Walford again for the time being, but will make a full-time return later in the year.

Jane comforts a devastated Bobby and Cindy


Laurie as Jane in EastEnders

Speaking at an EastEnders press event this week, Brett explained: "I'm on screen until the funeral and then I do have a job commitment, but then I will be back in September. I'm back in September once I've finished at Waterloo Road."

EastEnders' executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins also confirmed that Jane's return will be permanent.

Brett originally played Jane between 2004 and 2012. She made a shock return at the beginning of this year and has been appearing frequently over the past few months.

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