Jack Branning’s daughter, Penny, is returning to Walford after spending 15 years living abroad. Penny has always had a strained relationship with her father, Jack, and has been residing in France with her mother, Selina. Now, she is en route to Albert Square, accompanied by her cousin, Lauren. The question remains: what brings them back to Walford?

Rising talent Kitty Castledine has been chosen to portray Penny in her inaugural major television role, following her graduation from the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA) earlier this summer.

Speaking of joining the show, Kitty says: “I didn’t expect to start my EastEnders journey so soon out of drama school – I can’t actually 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.”

EastEnders Executive Producer Chris Clenshaw says: “It’s been a long time since Penny Branning was in Walford, and she’s a very different person from the one our viewers might remember. Kitty is a terrific addition to the show, and we’re looking forward to seeing Penny back in Albert Square.”