Jacqueline Jossa would only return to 'EastEnders' if her on-screen family went back at the same time.

Jacqueline Jossa as Lauren

Jacqueline Jossa as Lauren

The 28-year-old actress - who played Lauren Branning from 2010 to 2018 - insisted a Walford comeback "would only happen" if the Brannings were all back in Albert Square.

Speaking in an Instagram Live, she said: "The timing would have to be right. It would only happen if all the Brannings came back at the same time. So 'EastEnders' would have to want us all back."

Lauren fled Albert Square with her son Louie after her sister Abi's (Lorna Fitzgerald) funeral, and she has since been residing in New Zealand.

The character is often mentioned in the show since Louie's dad Peter (Dayle Hudson) returned to Walford from New Zealand.

However, fans could be waiting a while for her comeback as Jake Wood - who played Lauren's dad Max Branning - recently left the show.

The 48-year-old actor has played Max for the last 15 years, but bid farewell to 'EastEnders' in February.

Jake said: "I've had 15 wonderful years at 'EastEnders' and have made some truly great friends. "I'll of course miss everyone there but I'm grateful they have left the door open for Max and I'm excited to see what the next chapter holds."

Jake admitted it was particularly "weird" watching his departure from the BBC One soap because he finished filming three months ago.

He said: "It was a bit weird for me because I finished filming in mid-December, so I've been away from 'EastEnders' for about three months already.

"Me and the wife sat down to watch it. We invited the kids to join us, but they weren't that interested. "It was a sad moment, 15 years is a long time on any show.

"It was emotional, but because I'd finished filming three months previous it was a bit weird going back to watch it."