EastEnders writhes as Chrissie Watts is finally released from prison in Queen Vic takeover plot? | Television & Radio | Showbiz and television
Chrissie (played by Tracy Ann Oberman) is one of EastEnders’ most legendary characters as she was the last wife of the villainous Den Watts (Leslie Grantham). The ruthless character was the person who ended up killing her husband, despite associating with Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf) and Zoe Slater (Michelle Ryan) to get revenge on the love rat who slept with them all at once. Yet, as one of her accomplices returns to the BBC soap opera this year, viewers are desperate to see the former Queen Vic landlady released from prison after more than 15 years.
With the character having been on the show for less than two years, fans were devastated to see her leave in December 2005 after her crimes were finally exposed.
In 18 months, Chrissie was at the center of hard-hitting storylines, including making enemies left, right, and center with some of the show’s biggest characters and getting her hands on the Queen Vic.
Since being in prison, ownership of the pub has changed hands several times, with Mick (Danny Dyer) and his wife Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) being the current owners.
Later this year, the owner of the establishment will bid farewell to his life in the square as Sam returns to the program to cause more trouble for the Mitchell family.
However, as she bids to become the new owner of the Queen Vic, she may find that someone else has beaten her to it…Chrissie.
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This would shock Sam as she assumed that Chrissie was still in prison, but after being released for a few months, the prisoner will have unfinished business.
By running the pub, she will once again become a foundation of Walford and will be included in several storylines with different characters.
In addition to her feud with the Mitchells, she’ll also have some scores to settle with the Slaters and may end up running into a few characters she hasn’t met yet.
With the killer back behind the bar, it looks like she could make a long-term return to the show and fans would love it.
After news actress Kim, who played Sam during Chrissie’s time on the soap, would return this year, viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Den’s ex-wife’s return.
The actress who played Chrissie from 2004 to 2005, Tracy Ann, has already spoken out about returning to the show a decade after she left.
In 2019 and ahead of the soap opera’s 35th anniversary celebrations, the actress revealed she would be very open to reprising her role.
After being told viewers wanted her back in the spot, Tracy explained, “I think it’s humbling.
“EastEnders is an incredible experience and being part of this iconic show and then also being part of the Dirty Den murder was very exciting.
“So I’ll take it as a compliment because she [did make] an impact on people, this character and it was beautifully written.”
“So I think it’s great to have had a character that has had such an impact,” Tracy told the Good Morning Britain team.
The soap opera star asked if she would return, adding, “You never say never. When that phone call comes in… She’s done [more time in prison] than most true murderers!”
In another 2010 interview, six years after leaving the show, the actress also expressed a desire to see what happened to her alter-ego.
Tracy said: “The character was fantastic. When you’re on a soap opera, you can’t really do any other work, so it’s good to have done a lot of other stuff.
“But I loved that character and she was destined for prison, so it would be nice to complete that story somehow,” she told CultBox.
Discussing getting the role of Chrissie almost 20 years ago, the actress explained: “I was shortlisted for EastEnders and I was the only one whose name I hadn’t heard .
“I walked in and there was Leslie Grantham who I remembered from the glory years struggling with Anita Dobson’s Angie.
“I was late because I was doing a voiceover and he said, ‘Are you the voiceover girl?’ and I said, ‘Are you the one who’s been dead for 15 years?’ and that was it.
“It’s been a much more explosive 18 months than I had anticipated.
“The production team kept changing and my original script went out the window and a few months after being there I ended up directing the Queen Vic,” she explained in a interview with The Arts Desk.
EastEnders continues tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One.