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'Allo Princess'- Sharon's coming home!

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Katy R | 00:00 UK time, Thursday, 2 February 2012

Everyone's favourite East End princess is due to make a return to Albert Square later this year.

Sharon Watts, as played by actress Letitia Dean, was one of the show's original characters when EastEnders hit our screens in 1985.

Sharon Watts


The adopted daughter of Den and Angie Watts, Sharon grew up under the watchful eye of the Queen Vic's bust.

After marrying Grant and then having an affair with Phil (oops!) she fled Walford in one of EastEnders' highest rating episodes in 1994.


Sharon returned to Walford's famous boozer taking the helm as landlady in 2001. When Sharon 'Rickman' departed the Square in 2006, following the death of her latest husband Dennis Rickman, she was pregnant with his child. What will be in store for her in 2012?!

Letitia Dean says of her return: "I am really looking forward to being part of the EastEnders team again, as it has always been very close to my heart. I cannot wait to work with my old colleagues."

Bryan Kirkwood, EastEnders' Executive Producer added: "I'm thrilled that Letitia is coming back home to Albert Square where she belongs. Sharon is a real favourite amongst EastEnders fans and I for one can't wait until she arrives back next summer".

Neither can we Bryan! How exciting...


  • Comment number 1.

    amazing news, wonderful xxx

  • Comment number 2.

    i hate this. i used to love sharon but im a big phil & shirley fan. its so obvious phil is gonna have an affair with sharon and shirley will probably leave :(

  • Comment number 3.

    Yes!! About time we bring back another oldie! :D Cant wait! Now bring back Dirty Den from the dead again...

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  • Comment number 5.

    what again?? hows about she stays away and we keep Heather instead?
    @ Monalisa - I have got a horrible feeling you are going to be right on that one! - Shirley has to stay - end of !! :)

  • Comment number 6.

    I had a gut feeling she was coming back I would like 2 c grant back

  • Comment number 7.

    Shirley can stay!! .....Phil is too old for Sharon now!!.....and she's far too glam for him!! Hope they'll bring in a new bit of totty for us? Shame Dennis was killed off!!..... loved him!! ;) Good news Shazza is coming back in my books!

  • Comment number 8.

    I Can't Wait!! Hopefully Her Return Will Shake Things Up A Bit!

  • Comment number 9.

    wish it was stacy or grant peggy not sharon to boring

  • Comment number 10.

    Finally something positive for EastEnders ... All we need is for Mr Kirkwood and the producers to do now is listen to the comments about Derek and get rid ... a few more positives may see EE get back on track

  • Comment number 11.

    Get rid of derek.bring phill and grant back.then Peggy when they start workin there selfs.o and Peggy should of been back for pats funeral.keep Shirley.

  • Comment number 12.

    Excellent news!!! Can we have Michelle & Grant back too please!!

  • Comment number 13.

    This fits in with rumours that Mark the child Chelle and Grant had is coming to the square, Sharon will bring him over, Hope it means Grant comes over too :)

  • Comment number 14.

    Glad to hear your back Letitia, Sharons a great character.

  • Comment number 15.

    Its good that she's coming back I think its what the show needs at the moment. What would also make it better is if Grant and Peggy return later this year as well. I remember watching Sharon when I was younger and I remember when Dennis got killed and then she left. I have recently been watching all the episodes from the end of 2005 leading upto Dennis's death as it was a good storyline. After she returns this year I think Sharon will find out that Phil sent Dennis to beat up Johnny, which subsequently got him killed. So it will be good to watch it all play out on screen.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hate to be a party pooper but what is so special about Sharon? I always thought she was so boring!

  • Comment number 17.

    Welcome back Letitia - great actress and thoroughly nice person

  • Comment number 18.

    Well, would have preferred if it was Grant coming back, that would spice things up a bit. @mandy archer Couldnt agree more... who is this DEREK anyway.... can not STAND him. Grant will teach him a lesson or two....

  • Comment number 19.

    Eastenders are really dredging the barrel now! Sharon was so dull , worst news that shes back and I am heartily sick of Derek. Keep Shirley ( love her) and Heather is one of the best characters in the show, I wish she could stay. Bored to death with the Mandy/Ian /Lucy saga and dont get me started on Max & Tanya! Eastenders is losing out to Emmerdale and Corrie who have been just awesome lately.

  • Comment number 20.

    Usually old enders come back when they dont make it doing other things! No one has heard of Sharon really and the show she done was a flop. So I guess it wont be long before Stacy, Little Mo and Stacys brother come back. No one ever seems to make it big outside 'enders'. Look forward to heaving her back though.

  • Comment number 21.

    I was reading the other day on the Sharon wikipedia page that Letitia wanted to reprise the role, and I assumed she couldn't come back because she didn't know enough of the current characters. But she is coming back!
    @ juliab True, but most aspiring actors don't 'make it big' at all, soap stars do okay and often do plays which most of us won't know they're in. I'm seeing Kacey (Little Mo) in theatre this year. Some of them do very well though.

  • Comment number 22.

    finally i was such a fan of the classic eastenders with dennis, den, johnny, andy, steve and the orginal moon brothers! but now its changed with little kids making the storylines GOD! anyway hopefully eastenders can get back to the way it was with sharron returning :)

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  • Comment number 24.

    I am happy to see Sharon returning.
    As for all the people wanting to see the back of Derek Branning.... NO!! Keep him, and bring back Grant Mitchell. That would certainly put the control back in the Mitchell corner.
    Of my list of old-enders who I would like to see return, Sharon is up there with Grant, Stacy, Michelle, Peggy, Sean and Deano. I would also LOVE to see Tracy the barmaid get a storyline. I dont want much, do I. lol

  • Comment number 25.

    YESsssssss I cannot wait
    Im soooooo excited!!!!

  • Comment number 26.

    This is awesome news! How about Vicki?

  • Comment number 27.

    Why does everyone assume Sharon's return will mean the end of Shirley? Sharon moved on and upwards from her days with Phil so I doubt she'd go back there. I'd love to see her find out the truth about what happened with Dennis and Johnny though.

    Slightly off topic but Shirley's character's ruined now for me. She comes across as some pathetic wannabe gangster's moll instead of the tough cookie she came in as.

    Why do some people think being in EE is the be all and end all of an actor's career? Many of the stars go into theatre after, Letitia included, and do really well.

  • Comment number 28.

    Please bring Grant back aswell - they made a great pair!
    Also PLEASE get rid of Derek he makes me switch EAstenders off -can't stand him

  • Comment number 29.

    I think derek is brilliant! I dunno why loads dont like him, he's playing his part well! C'mon guys, he's quite funny actually! Give him time. I'm sure you'll come around :)

  • Comment number 30.

    It will be great to see sharon again, but please please please can you get rid of derek, he's making me loose interest in watching the programm.

  • Comment number 31.

    if Bryan K has the brains I believe he has then he'll make sharon and kat troubled but loyal friends, like angie and kathy. With Kat, Sharon and Bianca at the heart of the community then all things in EE will be set for years to come. The three witches of walford. EE is best when the women are at the heart of its stories, and these 3 are questionably the 3 most iconic females EE has had. Come on Brian get Bianca, Sharon and Kat sat around the bar in a lock-in plotting and laughing and causing havoc. OMG, those three with Shirley and Carol for good measure. Its a winning combo. Just balance their tears with dirty laughter. As characters they have so much in common, just don't repeat the sharon/phil romance, create a new story for sharon and her child.

  • Comment number 32.

    wish eastenders would listen to what the viewers are saying. GET RID OF DERECK. his character is totally unrealistic. i wish grant would come back too n give dereck a good kickin for giving his brother hassle. how many times is sharon comin back? why not just put a revolving door in the vic!!!

  • Comment number 33.

    Pleased that Sharon is back but please can you bring Grant back too... and David, ee has not been the same since his left and the viewings have gone down so much! Get rid of Derek! He's a very pointless character and has made Ee very bad since he came xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Other than Ian and Phill, does sharon know anyone else in the square? Will be interesting to see her back though. I can just picture her opening scene... Black cab pulls up outside the Vic, we see very high black or possibly red heels coming out of the back door and stading on the road. Then a shot of sharons face gazing up at the Vic with a smile on her face, followed by the Duff Duffs!
    Happens every time!

    Much love
    x x

  • Comment number 35.

    how are they going to bring her back because she got no family left ecpect for ian

  • Comment number 36.

    As well as Ian and Phil, Sharon's crossed paths with Dot, Big Mo, Kat, Alfie, Mandy, Carol, Bianca, Billy, Patrick.. anyone else I've missed?

    And, of course, Tracy!!!

  • Comment number 37.

    Oh, and Janine. More people than you'd think.

  • Comment number 38.

    "Hello Peggy... Bet you thought you'd never see me again!" ... Doof Doof Doof Doof Doof... Classic Sharon moment, can't wait for her to return! Very overdue! Sadly I think the programme has gone downhill since Pat and Peggy have left, we need a strong matriach at the helm of the Vic. I hope Sharon buys back the Queen Vic again!

  • Comment number 39.

    I think I must be the only EastEnders fan to hate Sharon with an unbridled passion. Can't stand the woman. Let's just hope she doesn't go anywhere near the Vic.

  • Comment number 40.

    Bring back the dead Kathy Beale along with Sharon now that would frightend Ian and Ben more then Phil. Getting fed up of The Massoods and Branning's hogging the SQ.

  • Comment number 41.

    I like Sharon and I'm really glad she's gonna be back!Derek scares my little sister and I think that Derek could be a little bit less harsh!

    Joanne Elizabeth Murphy(email me on [Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 42.

    great news eastenders team are finally listning to the fans hopfully they will bring vicki back with sharon coz i would love to see the watts family put back on the map of eastenders and hopfully sharon will regain the vic (i know she been ther and done that) as she belongs in the vic and maybe evan a return for chrissie watts as i remeber tracy ann oberman saying she would love to finish chrissie's story off so to me their is plenty of story lines for sharon plus we get to see baby dennis for the first time :).

  • Comment number 43.

    cant wait xx

  • Comment number 44.

    we need the real lucy (who looked like cindy's daughter) back and the real lauren too and we're sorted!

  • Comment number 45.

    im so glad sharon's back, wish dennis never got get killed off! but hopefully she's not going to get with phil! plus letitia is looking even more gorgeous now x

  • Comment number 46.

    Im so glad sharon is comming back xxx i loved her and dennis, match made in heaven xxx shame that her died. I hope that she comes with her baby cos she left to america, pregnant lets hope nothing went wrong with the baby x
    Any ways im just happy there bringing back some of the orginal characters, they have got rid of so many its annoying, its just full of teenagers now :(

  • Comment number 47.

    Excellent news that Sharon is coming back. Now bring back Chelle and Grant.
    And where was Peggy for Pat's funeral????

  • Comment number 48.

    Fantastic news that Sharon is back!!!! Will she become Queen of The Vic? It's good to see some of the oldies returning to spice things up a bit. Can we please have Sean Slater back as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 49.

    @Curtis62 - Phil is not too old for Sharon - she is 42/43 this year! Sharon is not too glam fort him - look carefully at the picture. Anyway I hope there is no affair although I reckon Shirly will feel uncomfortable when she arrives!

    @miw3663 - I disagree that EE is best when women are at the heart of the stories. Plenty of great stories with men at the heart. I also don't think we need a matriarch at the helm of the Vic - I think Alfie (and Kat) is great.

  • Comment number 50.

    I only started watching Eastenders in about 2010 so I don't know who Sharon is, what sort of character is she? :)

  • Comment number 51.

    doesnt sharon still own the bookies ?

  • Comment number 52.

    glad to see people want shirley to stay! hopefully phil won't cheat - they both moved on back in 2002.

    phil and dennis hated each other. it wasn't about sharon - they just did. phil wanted dennis dead

    why is sharon not coming back till august?

  • Comment number 53.

    Sharon and Jack would make a pretty couple. Bring back more oldies like sue osman

  • Comment number 54.

    wonderful woman, its like a Barbi

  • Comment number 55.

    If Phil and Sharon were meant to be they would have been together no matter what! They have both moved on, Phil is with Shirley and in jail and Sharon is a widow with a child of five/six years old.
    But it is possible for Sharon to find a new love again; what about Jack Branning?
    And speaking of bringing back old characters; what about Michelle Fowler? She has a son with Grant Mitchell and that is a very nice ingrediënt for a good storyline wich could bring back Grant and yes, even Peggy!

  • Comment number 56.

    I haven't commented on the Eastenders website for ages now (don't see why I should bother since no-one listens). Eastenders has really gone downhill these days. It used to be so good but now all the good characters are leaving, probably trying to get away from the doom gloom that is Walford. I've never seen Shazza before as I only started watching Enders a year or two ago but from what I can tell she's really boring. Alot of people have told me they want Peggy and Stacey back. I'd rather have them back than boring old Sharon. I wish Eastenders would put a smile on some of thier characters faces. I mean thiers the Whitney, Tyler, Fatboy, love triangle and that's just gonna end in heartbreak. There's the Amy custody thing which has caused enough tears. There's dastardly Derek who's all about life mission seems to be to make every-one miserable. And all the fun characters have gone! To be honest it's not the fact that the characters are too miserable, it's the fact that ther are almost NO happy characters. Please do better Eastenders.

  • Comment number 57.

    why is everyone saying i hope phil and sharon dont have an affair phil is in prison?
    anyway ee hope you bring sean slater back loved him partly cos he was hot
    sharon coming back will hopefully make ee more interesting.
    bring michelle back the one who was with lofty

  • Comment number 58.

    I am not bother about Sharen but could the Eastenders producers please request Jake Wood ( Max Branning) to stop shuffling his feet it gets on my nerves


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