First look – Eastenders' Ian Beale haunted by ghosts of ex-wife Cindy, mother Kathy, Pat Evans and murdered daughter Lucy
Eastenders Ian Beale returns home to find his ex-wife Cindy cooking in their kitchen.
Cindy – who once hired a hitman to kill her husband and who died in childbirth in 1998 – is returning to Albert Square for ‘Children In Need’.
Actress Michelle Collins (52) was last seen as Stella in rival soap ‘Coronation Street’.
And she’s not the only woman haunting Ian.
His mother Kathy is also making a return – Kathy died in a car accident in South Africa in 2000.
But actress Gillian Taylforth – who was last seen as Jackie Roscoe in Channel 4 soap ‘Hollyoaks’ – will be seen behind the counter in the cafe on Bridge Street.
Pat Evans, who is mother to Ian’s half brother David Wicks who had an affair with Cindy, is seen having a drink in the Queen Vic.
Actress Pam St Clement was last seen in Walford on New Year’s Day in 2012 when her character passed away from cancer.
And Ian’s daughter Lucy – who was murdered in the soap earlier this year – also makes a return.
Adam Woodyatt (46), who has played the businessman since the BBC soap first aired in 1985, explained: “After being knocked unconscious, Ian finds himself taken back in time and he comes into contact with Pat, Cindy, Kathy and Lucy in various iconic places around the square.
“I don’t want to spoil it but Ian is really happy to see some faces and absolutely knocked for six by others.
“But then again, I think finding your late ex-wife in your kitchen is enough to shock anyone,” he said.
Gillian Taylforth said she was delighted to don Kathy’s apron once again.
“It was fantastic to have the chance to play Kathy again.
“Once I was back in the café with my apron on and stirring the beans, it was like I had never left.”
The special episode will be aired as part of the ‘Children In Need’ fundraiser on BBC One, Friday, November 14th.