EastEnders characters Lofty and Mary ‘to return after 30 years’

Two original EastEnders characters are set to return to Albert Square after 30 years, it was reported.

Barman Lofty and Mary the punk were part of the soap’s original line-up when it launched in 1985.

Now actors Tom Watt and Linda Davidson will make a comeback next year, according to The Sun.

The newspaper reports the duo will return as part of a storyline that will see another of the soap’s originals – Dr Harold Legg, played by 92-year-old Leonard Fenton – killed off.

EastEnders characters Lofty and Mary 'to return after 30 years'

The actors were part of the original cast in 1985
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EastEnders characters Lofty and Mary 'to return after 30 years'

Barman Lofty Holloway is played by Tom Watt
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EastEnders characters Lofty and Mary 'to return after 30 years'

Punk Mary Smith is played by Linda Davidson
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Watt and Davidson were part of the show’s original 26 characters but have not returned to Albert Square since their last scenes in 1988.

Watt, 62, and Davidson, 54, are expected to be on the EastEnders set within "days", according to The Sun.

EastEnders characters Lofty and Mary 'to return after 30 years'

Barman Lofty fell in love with Michelle Fowler but was dumped at the altar
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EastEnders characters Lofty and Mary 'to return after 30 years'

Mary was one of Albert Square’s most controversial characters
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Mary was one of Albert Square’s most controversial characters – a former punk rock groupie and drug user whose wild lifestyle put her baby’s life at risk.

Davidson, who dated co-star Nejdet Salih (Ali Osman), left the show and soon won roles in First Of The Summer Wine and Casualty.

EastEnders characters Lofty and Mary 'to return after 30 years'

Davidson left the show and soon won roles in First Of The Summer Wine and Casualty
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Barman Lofty fell in love with Michelle Fowler and married her after she became a single mother, although she dumped him at the altar during the first ceremony.

Watt left the show to become a social worker, but returned to television as a sports reporter. He also co-authored David Beckham’s autobiography.