EastEnders fans were thrilled as Sean Slater made a surprise return to the soap on Thursday night.
The character, played by Rob Kazinsky, made a brief return to the show as he chatted to Jean, played by Gillian Wright, over FaceTime.
Sean’s return comes after his sister Stacey has grown increasingly worried about their mother’s mental health since she made sexual advances towards Rocky.
He’s back! EastEnders fans were thrilled as Sean Slater made a surprise return to the soap on Thursday night
Stacey reached out to Sean to see if he could help and he told her: ‘We’ll suss it out together. We’ll make sure it’s sorted. Oh, and Stace, calm down love.’
The call went well until Jean realised that Sean was calling her because Stacey organised it.
Jean told him: ‘I honestly think you two are as bad as each other.’
Sean was last in EastEnders in November when he questioned Stacey about her relationship with Eve.
Reunited: The character, played by Rob Kazinsky, made a brief return to the show as he chatted to his mother Jean over FaceTime
Reaction: Fans took to Twitter to express their joy at his return with one writing: ‘Yay!!! Sean is back!!! Even if it’s a phone call’
Fans took to Twitter to express their joy at his return with one writing: ‘Yay!!! Sean is back!!! Even if it’s a phone call’.
Another added: ‘This shows gotta stop teasing with these Sean cameos i need him back, permanently’.
Another fan wrote: ‘Sean needs to come home to save Jean,’ while one viewer added: ‘We need Sean back’.
Rob appeared on EastEnders from 2006 to 2009 and again in 2019 and last year.
He has made a name for himself in tinsel town, having appeared in HBO’s True Blood and Marvel’s blockbuster movie Captain Marvel.
Plot: Sean’s return comes after his sister Stacey has grown increasingly worried about their mother’s mental health since she made sexual advances towards Rocky
Elsewhere, Kim Medcalf has been pictured on the EastEnders set for the first time she it was announced she would be returning as Sam Mitchell.
The actress, 48, cut a stylish figure as she filmed scenes for her return to the BBC soap, with her first scenes set to air on April 19, according to show bosses.
The star donned a black top and a matching pair of jeans for the scene while she cinched her waist with a gold belt.
Back in action: Kim Medcalf has been pictured on the EastEnders set for the first time she it was announced she would be returning as Sam Mitchell
Adding height to her frame with a pair of heels, the actress also sported a white blazer and gold necklace.
Letting her blonde locks fall loose down her shoulders, she completed her look with matching earrings.
Kim previously portrayed Sam on EastEnders from 2002 to 2005, taking over the role from Danniella Westbrook.
It comes after Danniella threatened to sue the soap for replacing her with Kim without her knowledge.
Role: Kim previously portrayed Sam on EastEnders from 2002 to 2005, taking over the role from Danniella Westbrook
Danniella took to Twitter following the announcement and claimed the BBC soap would be hearing from her ‘legal team’ and also hinted at future revelations that she has ‘never told’ in her upcoming book.
Danniella began her rant with a cryptic tweet reading: ‘Well well well who knew [laughing emojis] all I can say is thanks looks like I dodged a bullet.’
The TV star wished Kim well as she reprises the role both actresses have played over the years, while suggesting Kim would have to play it similar to her version of Sam.
She wrote: ‘Wishing Kym the best of luck at @BBCEastEnders yet again this poor woman has to recreate a Samantha Mitchell as close to my last two recent come backs on the square go smash it darling..x’.
Return: The actress cut a stylish figure as she filmed scenes for her return to the BBC soap, with her first scenes reportedly set to air on April 19
Danniella then added: ‘Oh but not to @BBCEastEnders my legal team will be in touch to know why when I held the…
‘@bbceastenders contract too the last two times the character bounced in &out on a ratings or stint. For the record I was never sacked or dismissed and saw out both contracts one of them even being extended for episodes. It’s great 2 C the same level of care standards & loyalty 2
‘@bbceastenders you bang on about having and giving to both new & old members of cast is still going as strong then as it always has… not just me as Sam that needs replacing I’d look closer to the top of the show and cut that dead wood after all it’s all about evolving.’
‘Bet you all can’t wait for my new book now can ya ….. oh it’s gonna go way back to the things I’ve never ever told #beafraidpeople #itsallgood’.
Not happy: Danniella previously lashed out at EastEnders after it was confirmed Kim had been chosen to reprise the role of Sam Mitchell over her (pictured as Sam)
Days later, Danniella told The Sun that she was ‘shocked’ not to have been told about the casting decision prior to it being made public.
She said: ‘I’ve been known as Sam Mitchell for 32 years. But nobody at EastEnders contacted me to let me know they had recast Kim in the role. There wasn’t even an email to my agent. I was shocked because they do have a responsibility to tell me and someone should have.’
The star – who has struggled with drug addiction since the age of 14 – added: ‘The bosses have seen me go through addiction and they have no idea where I am today.
‘Thankfully I’m OK. But if I hadn’t been it could have had very serious consequences for me.’
The daughter of Peggy Mitchell, made her first appearance in Walford in 1990, originally played by Danniella but was replaced by Kim in 2002, while she battled her highly publicised cocaine addiction.
Replacement: Danniella took to Twitter and claimed the BBC soap would be hearing from her ‘legal team’ following the news that Kim had been rehired