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Maisie Smith returning to EastEnders as Tiffany Butcher just three months after her departure

Maisie will be back as Tiffany

Maisie Smith is making a return to EastEnders, just three months after leaving the soap.

The 20-year-old actress was last seen as Tiffany Butcher, a role she landed when she was just six years old, in Albert Square in December.

Since then, she’s been busy on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, filling in for AJ Odudu who was forced to skip it due to the same ankle injury that saw her withdraw from the show’s final in December.

Now though, Maisie has agreed to return for a cameo appearance as part of Zack Morris’ exit storyline, who plays her character’s ex-husband Keegan Baker.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ‘Bosses felt Tiffany had unfinished business with Keegan that needed a resolution before he left.

‘So they decided to ask her back for one episode. Viewers will have to wait to see if they manage to fix their relationship or whether the bad blood that we’ve seen between them continues.’

The star partnered Kai Widdrington on the Strictly Live Tour in January and February

The star partnered Kai Widdrington on the Strictly Live Tour in January and February

This return fits with what the star has previously said regarding her exit from the show, revealing she would ‘definitely come back’ if soap bosses asked her to.

Appearing on The One Show ahead of her exit scenes airing, the 20-year-old said: ‘You never really leave EastEnders, and that’s a fact.’

She added: ‘They’ll always find a way to bring you back and I’ll definitely come back.’

Maisie announced she was exiting the show in October and the lead-up to her last episide saw Keegan cheat on Tiffany with Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero).

Announcing her departure at the time, she said: ‘It’s time to say farewell to Tiff.

‘I’ve grown up on EastEnders since 2008, and have learned from the best.’

Zack confirmed earlier this week he was walking away from Walford after five years.

Tiffany departed Albert Square in December

Zack Morris’ departure from the soap as Keegan Baker has heralded Tiffany’s return

He said in a statement: ‘After five beautiful years on this incredible show, I have made the tough decision to leave Walford and give Keegan Butcher-Baker some well-earned rest.

‘This show has quite frankly changed my life for the better. It will always hold a real loving place in my heart.

‘The cast and crew of this show deserve every accolade that comes their way. The hard work, love and dedication that goes into making four episodes a week is immense and it’s not to be taken lightly.

‘This show has given me so much, not just as an actor but as a man. These invaluable lessons I have learned at EastEnders will stay with me for the rest of my life. I will forever see this whole experience as the biggest blessing I could have ever asked for. I loved every second.’