EastEnders characters Lofty Holloway and Mary Smith will return

EastEnders characters Lofty Holloway and Mary Smith will return to Albert Square 30 YEARS after leaving… with actors Tom Watt and Linda Davidson set to film scenes within days

Legendary EastEnders characters Lofty Holloway and punk Mary Smith are set for a return to the BBC soap opera, some 30-years after leaving Albert Square for good.

The pair quickly became part of the long-running show’s fabric as two of the show’s original 26 characters following its original launch in February 1985, turning actors Tom Watt, now 62, and Linda Davidson, 54, into household names.

Both left the show in 1988, but will now return to vastly changed Albert Square and its fictional east London borough of Walford for the funeral of Doctor Harold Legg – another original cast-member.  

Familiar faces: Former EastEnders stars Tom Watt and Linda Davidson are set to return to the BBC soap opera, some 30-years after leaving Albert Square

A source told The Sun: ‘Lofty and Mary The Punk are two of the most memorable characters of the original set of stars.

‘It’s staggering to think it’s been more than 30 years since they were last on the Square but soap fans will be delighted to hear of their comeback.


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‘Regular viewers will know Dr. Legg’s health is bad and it’s thought his death will play out in February next year, and these two will be back around the time of his funeral.’ 

The pair are expected to film their first scenes at the show’s home in Elstree, Hertfordshire, within the week, with a formal announcement confirming their return set to follow. 


Iconic: The pair quickly became part of the long-running show’s fabric as Lofty Holloway (L) and punk Mary Smith (R) following its original launch in February 1985

Old times: Lofty develop a stuttering romance with Michelle Fowler, played by Susan Tully, after gallantly offering to help raise her illegitimate child with pub landlord Den Watts, but was left heartbroken after she jilted him at the alter on their wedding day

Hapless, asthmatic and routinely clumsy, Lofty endeared himself to fans of the show after making his first appearance on the show during its third episode.

The character went on to develop a stuttering romance with Michelle Fowler, played by Susan Tully, after gallantly offering to help raise her illegitimate child with pub landlord Den Watts, but was left heartbroken after she jilted him at the alter on their wedding day. 

The pair eventually married in secret, only for Lofty to leave Michelle after she opted to abort their only child, trading the Square for a handyman’s job in rural Bedfordshire.  

New career: Following his departure from the show actor Watt became a successful writer and sports broadcaster, appearing regularly on Channel 4, talkSPORT, Radio 1, Radio 3 and Radio 5 Live (pictured with Vinnie Jones in 1995)

Following his departure from the show actor Watt became a successful writer and sports broadcaster, appearing regularly on Channel 4, talkSPORT, Radio 1, Radio 3 and Radio 5 Live. 

He also helped ghostwrite former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England footballer David Beckham’s autobiography, My Side. 

Mary proved to be one of the show’s more controversial characters; a single mother with a fiery, aggressive temper who had battled substance abuse issues and had worked as a prostitute. 

Former flame: Linda, who played the flame-haired punk until 1988, dated fellow cast-member Nejdet Salih – Turkish cafe owner Ali Osman – while appearing on the show

Linda, who played the flame-haired punk until 1988, dated fellow cast-member Nejdet Salih – Turkish cafe owner Ali Osman – while appearing on the show. 

After leaving EastEnders she appeared in short lived show First Of The Summer Wine  before branching into web design. 

She now manages her own social media agency.

Moving on: After leaving EastEnders she appeared in short lived show First Of The Summer Wine before branching into web design. She now manages her own social media agency

 

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