Jacqueline Jossa realised coronavirus was 'serious' when EastEnders was cut

Jacqueline Jossa revealed that she knew coronavirus was ‘actually serious’ the moment EastEnders bosses halted filming.

The 27-year-old appeared on the BBC soap for eight years as Lauren Branning, before leaving Walford in 2018.

But, despite leaving Albert Square, she has been keeping a close eye on her former co-stars.

And, chatting to Metro.co.uk – ahead of the launch of Now TV’s TeaV initiative, to help keep children busy and entertained during lockdown – she revealed the pandemic only felt real when it affected her former TV home.

‘As soon as I knew EastEnders had stopped filming, that’s when I knew that this coronavirus was actually serious, and that we were all going to go on lockdown,’ she told us. ‘As soon as I heard that, I thought, “Woah!”

‘I could never imagine EastEnders to stop filming, it’s never really happened before.

‘It’s such a shame I suppose but it had to be done. Hopefully we get back to normality at some point.’

Jacqueline came to fame thanks to her stint on EastEnders, before swapping life on the market for the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here jungle.

However, the mum-of-two teased a possible return to her Lauren Branning roots as she celebrated the show’s 35th anniversary, back in February.

Blessing us all with a string of throwbacks, she told her Instagram followers: ‘I had such an amazing time and LOVED Lauren Branning with ALL of my heart! 

‘I miss you Lozza, maybe see you again one day.

‘Amazing week of eps congrats everyone involved!’

We absolutely need Lauren Branning causing chaos on the square once more, and it seems we’re not the only ones.

In fact, Jake Wood – aka Jacqueline’s on-screen dad, Max Branning – previously revealed how much he wants his ‘eldest daughter’ back in Walford.

In an interview with Digital Spy last year, he said: ‘Lauren hasn’t been killed off, obviously Max is still in the show and she has a lot of other family in it as well. It’s like any other character that is still out there – it’s always open.

‘I always thought she would return eventually – she just needed some time at home to be a mum, which she’s done. So now I think it will just be up to her when she’s ready.

‘I don’t know whether that is now or not, but I would love her to come back. I think she’s a great actress and a real asset to the show. It would be great.’

We totally agree.

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