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Tamzin Outhwaite returned to EastEnders after a foot injury ‘forced her to quit stage career’

TAMZIN Outhwaite has revealed that she’s returning to EastEnders following a serious foot injury that threw her dazzling stage career into jeopardy.

This week The Sun exclusively revealed the 46-year-old actress will come back to EastEnders after 15 years, and now she says a stress fracture on her metatarsal forced her to pull out of a West End show this year.

Tamzin Outhwaite crocked her foot in Stepping Out which has forced her to return to TV

Tamzin, who plays Melanie Owen in the soap, said healing her foot will be a “long process” – meaning she will now focus on more telly work rather than all-singing, all-dancing productions.

The injury occurred when she was starring with Amanda Holden in Stepping Out, which involved long hours and demanding dance rehearsals.

She told The Mirror: “I’ve just done a couple of years of theatre, which I love, but now it’s time to do some telly.

“Sometimes I think someone’s looking after you up there. That’s exactly what I need to do.”

Tamzin is now set to return to Weatherfield in the New Year

The injury means Tamzin has seen more of her daughters Florence, nine, and Marnie, five, which she’s more than happy about.

The star, who played the lead in Sweet Charity for a year, says motherhood has also influenced her decision to take slightly less demanding roles in front of the camera.

Mel Owen was a key character on EastEnders for years

“My priorities have changed,” she added.

“Now I’m okay saying ‘No’. If I audition for things and don’t get them, there’s two beautiful faces looking at me and I’m home.”

Fans may remember that Tamzin’s EastEnders character Mel lost husband Steve, played by Martin Kemp, in a car crash in 2002.

Mel’s main romance was with husband Steve

It was thought at the time that BBC bosses had killed off Kemp’s character to get back at him for ditching the corporation for an ITV job.

Meanwhile Mel, who had been married to Ian Beale before, moved to Portugal that same year after getting pregnant and working out that Lisa had shot Phil Mitchell.

‘Enders nuts will have to wait until 2018 to see Mel back making trouble on Albert Square – possibly with a child in tow.

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