Courtney Mitchell makes a surprise return to EastEnders to visit her troubled dad Grant


Courtney Mitchell has made a surprise return to EastEnders.

The character, the daughter of Grant and Tiffany Mitchell, arrived in Walford during Thursday night's episode as she attempts to get to the bottom of her father's unusual behaviour.

Courtney is keen to encourage Grant, played by Ross Kemp, to open up about some family truths but it soon becomes clear they are both keeping secrets.

Courtney Mitchell and Grant Mitchell
Courtney Mitchell (played by Alice Nokes) has returned to EastEnders to face her dad Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp) (BBC)

Now a student at university in London, she has not been seen on the soap since departing for Portugal in 2006 with her dad, with whom she has an awkward relationship.

Her unexpected return to Albert Square is set to cause fireworks in coming days as she finds herself at the heart of her family's drama.

Previously portrayed by actress Megan Jossa until her exit in 2006, Courtney will now be played by Alice Nokes for her reappearance in a few episodes.

EastEnders' Courtney Mitchell
EastEnders' Courtney Mitchell has not been seen on the soap since 2006 (BBC)

Fan favourite Grant returned to his role in the BBC soap in May after a 10-year absence.

Upcoming scenes will see Grant still struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother Peggy Mitchell (Dame Barbara Windsor) who took her own life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

A concerned Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) will take it upon herself to help him, but viewers will have to wait to see if Grant accepts her advice to open up about Peggy.