EASTENDERS’ Lacey Turner was seen smiling as she headed back to the Square for the first time to film since having a baby.
The actress, 31, looked happy as she drove through the barriers of the BBC studios at Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, towards the north-west of London.
Pulling up in her flashy Range Rover Discovery, Lacey chatted to the guard as she collected her pass to let her on set.
The mum-of-one has been on maternity leave since giving birth to her and partner Matt Kay’s first child, Dusty in July 2019.
Dusty was much-longed for after Lacey and Matt suffered two tragic miscarriages.
She has played feisty Stacey Fowler on EastEnders since 2004 – but the soap star insists being a mum is the toughest role she’s ever had.
“Being a mother is by far the hardest job I have ever done in my life,” she said.
“But it’s also the best thing in the world.
“It has changed me because it makes you see everything differently.
“It highlights what’s important and what isn’t! I think I’m much more chilled out now I’m a mother.
“Somehow we manage to juggle everything and everyone and yet we still feel guilty for certain things.
“I think until you have done it you can’t understand how challenging it is yet so rewarding.”
Lacey’s character Stacey Fowler has been on the run with her two daughters, Lily and Hope, after bashing Phil Mitchell around the head with a wrench and leaving him for dead.
Initially Stacey’s husband Martin ran away with her but returned to Walford where Phil’s son Ben Mitchell started blackmailing him.
He told Martin that Stacey returned he would kill her, Arthur, Lily and Hope, so Martin lied and told his wife that he’d slept with his ex-wife Sonia Fowler.
Upset, Stacey believes him and says she’s glad he cheated as it’s made her see that Martin wasn’t a good person like she thought he was.