EastEnders bosses confirmed that Penny Branning was going to be returning to Albert Square but with a new actress at the helm – but what happened to the original star?
EastEnders fans first met Penny Branning 15 years ago when she joined the soap to play Jack and Selina Branning’s daughter.
Mia McKenna-Bruce was just 11 years old when she landed the part of their daughter on the BBC One soap for five episodes. And while Penny will be returning to Albert Square, she’ll be played by Kitty Castledine.
Fans waved goodbye to the young Penny 15 years ago after she moved to France with her mum Selina. Her brief time on the soap saw her have a troubled relationship with her dad Jack.
She had been left paralysed from the waist down after one of Jack’s criminal associates ran her over and left her for dead. But now as Penny returns, we’ve looked at what the original star is up to now.