Lisa Riley is making a dramatic return to Emmerdale on Thursday night.
While British soaps have long been at the forefront of LGBT representation on TV, EastEnders boss Kate Oates said the BBC still receives complaints when it features storylines involving gay characters.
Neon Jungle singer Jessica Plummer will arrive in Albert Square this month as she makes her EastEnders debut as Chantelle Atkins – daughter of Karen Taylor and Mitch Baker.
Robert Kazinsky is set for a soap opera comeback when he returns to EastEnders to reprise his role as Sean Slater.
Lola Pearce is set to return to EastEnders after more than three years away from Albert Square.
EastEnders will welcome a new member of the Taylor family as a fresh face appears on Albert Square in the New Year.
Former Coronation Street producer Kate Oates is the new senior executive producer on EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City, BBC Studios has announced.
Coronation Street star Antony Cotton has teased that his character will be involved in an unusually serious storyline this summer.
Coronation Street boss Kate Oates has quit the soap, saying she is “proud” of the storylines which aired under her tenure.