EastEnders’ Annette Badland looks worlds away from Aunt Babe as she teases return

Annette Badland looked worlds away from her former EastEnders character Aunt Babe on Friday.

The Ted Lasso star, 72, appeared on ITV's Loose Women to talk about her career, as well as to raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer.

Annette, who first joined EastEnders in 2014 before leaving in 2017, looked almost unrecognisable as she ditched her honey blonde fringe bob for a glamorous tousled white hairdo, adding a slick of radiant make-up.

And it wasn't long until Annette, who played fan favourite villain Aunt Babe, was grilled about a potential return to the BBC One soap.

To which the star teased: "I would go back for a story, but I wouldn't go for a long journey," adding a full-time return would "never work".

With host Kaye Adams pointing out that she's in "such demand" thanks to her Hollywood success with shows such as Ted Lasso.

Fans were quick to react to Annette's appearance on Loose Women as one person tweeted: "I love Annette Badland, she's such a sweetheart. #LooseWomen."

A different account put: "I [heart emoji] Annette Badland a very underrated actress imo #LooseWomen."

While another added: "Annette Badland, such a warm, generous, beautiful lady Xx #LooseWomen #OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth."

Since leaving the show in 2017 after three years, the actress has hit Hollywood with her role as Mae the Landlady in the critically acclaimed award-winning comedy series, Ted Lasso.

Viewers all over the nation grew to hate Aunt Babe Smith as her scheming exploits ruined lives in EastEnders.

Aunt Babe was also responsible for sending Shirley Carter to prison after Shirley took the blame for alcohol being served in the Queen Vic before legal hours.

Annette previously revealed that she received scary death threats from fans of the show who thought she was Mick Carter's evil Aunt Babe in real life.

Speaking on the Distinct Nostalgia podcast, she said: "Towards the end, I did have death threats. Which is very shocking and frightening," before adding that the police urged her never to tell anyone where she was going.

She added: "So I was quite frightened for a bit. And you just have to go about your life and hope for the best."


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