As Ian psyched himself up to propose to his current girlfriend Denise Fox (Diane Parish), he was thrown when his ex-wife Jane (Laurie Brett) made an unexpected appearance before him at the Beale’s house. Ian wasn’t the only one surprised as viewers were also unaware that Jane was returning; the development having been kept under wraps beforehand.
After eight years on the Square, Jane was last seen leaving for Cardiff in January 2012, after accepting a job as a sous-chef. Viewers will learn that Jane was the person Ian’s son Peter (Ben Hardy) contacted in Friday’s (3 January) episode, expressing concern over Ian’s recent behaviour.
After last night’s episode aired, Laurie Brett (@LaurieBrettX) tweeted:
“Thank you so much for the amazing response.. It’s rare to keep anything a secret,so glad we managed it @dominictc. Glad you enjoyed it! Xx”
Jane’s storylines over the years have included the death of her first husband David from Huntingdon’s disease, coping with Ian’s rebellious daughter Lucy and undergoing a hysterectomy after being shot by his stepson Steven and having affairs with Grant Mitchell and Masood Ahmed.
EastEnders, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on BBC One.