EastEnders has announced that Penny Branning is set to return to Walford alongside her cousin Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa).
Jack Branning’s (Scott Maslen) daughter Penny is making her way back to Walford after 15 years of living in France with her mum, Selina (Daisy Beaumont). But now she is on her way to Albert Square, alongside her cousin Lauren — but what brings the pair back to their former home remains to be seen.
Since leaving the Square 15 years ago, you may be wondering what happened to Penny Branning in EastEnders? And where did she go?
Here's a refresher on where the youngster went after her time in Walford as she makes her Walford comeback...
What happened to Penny Branning in EastEnders?
Penny is the daughter of Jack and his first wife Selina and was only in the soap for a short while, appearing from January to April 2008.
Penny made her first appearance on the Square in January 2008, when Jack was dating Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack).
Jack revealed to Ronnie the shocking reason why Penny was in a wheelchair was because of his criminal activities as a corrupt police officer. Before his life in Walford, one of Jack's dodgy informants deliberately hit Penny with his car in revenge for being sent down.
Penny's spinal cord was severed during the ordeal and left her paralysed from the waist down.
During her short time on the Square, Penny and Ronnie struggled to bond, but she got on well with her aunt Tanya Cross (Jo Joyner).
In April 2008, Selina decided to move to France to be with her parents and take Penny with her, but during Penny's goodbye dinner cooked by Tanya, it was apparent that Penny didn't want to leave Walford behind.
However, Jack persuaded her to go to France with Selina.
Where did Penny Branning go?
Penny left Walford in April 2008 to live in France with her mum, Selina. Now, she's set to return to the Square 15 years later.
Who plays Penny Branning in EastEnders?
Penny was originally played by Mia McKenna-Bruce, who has since gone on to play Tee Taylor in CBBC's Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground.
The role of Penny has now been recast, with rising star Kitty Castledine taking over the character in her first major television role after graduating from the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA) this summer.
Speaking of joining the show, Kitty said: “I didn’t expect to start my EastEnders journey so soon out of drama school – I can’t believe it! My whole family are EastEnders fans, and I remember sitting on my Nanny Kay’s lap to tune in, and now they get to watch me in Albert Square.
"The inclusion of disabled talent on screen is so important to me as a wheelchair user, so I’m thrilled to be playing a character as feisty and cool as Penny. She’s thrown into the middle of the drama straight away, and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to.”