Monday 21 March 2011, 00:01
Look out! Here comes Tanya's mother with troublesome sis, Rainie, in tow... and they're not coming quietly.
Why do they turn up in Walford? Because Tan's husband-to-be secretly invites them to their wedding... oops.
Moments later an almighty catfight broke out... just kiddin'.
Cora's nothing like her daughter - she's brash and isn't afraid to offend with her sharp tongue. She's also on a secret mission to build a bridge between Tanya and her sis, Rainie.
Tanya hasn't seen her troubled sibling since she fled the Square last year following her drug-fuelled fling with Phil, but now she's cleaned up her act and is ready to make amends. But will the future bride be happy to see them when they turn up on her Hen Night?
Cora will be played by Ann Mitchell, the award-winning, classical actress who has appeared in numerous films, theatre and television roles.
Ann says: "As a lifelong fan of EastEnders, I'm thrilled to join the cast. I am a great fan of June Brown's and I'm looking forward to sharing some scenes with her".
Bryan Kirkwood, Executive Producer of EastEnders adds: "I'm very excited to have the much-loved Ann Mitchell joining us.
"Cora Cross is a formidable woman, cut from the same cloth as many glorious Walford women of the past, and Ann Mitchell is just perfect for the role."
Will sparks fly?
Did you know that Ann played Jane Williams... Roy Evans's first wife!
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