EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa has revealed that she has signed a new one-year contract with the soap.
The actress - who plays teen tearaway Lauren Branning - joined the show two years ago. She told the Daily Star that she will continue with the role for as long as she is wanted.
"I’m having a great time," she said. "I’ve just signed a one-year contract and am happy to stay for as long as they’ll have me.
"I get so excited when I open my scripts. So as long as that continues, then I’m happy. I really do love it."
The 19-year-old also addressed rumours that she is planning to move in with her boyfriend andEastEnders co-star Tony Discipline, who plays Tyler Moon.
"When people ask me about marriage or even moving in with Tony I have to laugh," she said. "It’s just so ridiculous. I am 19 years old and am enjoying myself.
"Hetti [Bywater] (Lucy Beale) and I are currently neighbours and I can definitely see myself living with her. I mean, imagine it - Lauren and Lucy actually living together."
When asked about Lauren’s developing relationship with her cousin Joey, Jossa said that she sympathises somewhat with her character’s situation.
"Obviously I can’t relate to liking my cousin. But the thing that I’m holding on to is that they haven’t been brought up together as cousins," she explained.
"They’ve really only just met… so I kind of feel that it’s not that weird that they’re cousins - and it can be justified.
"He’s good-looking as well and as we all know, Lauren’s a bit of a weirdo. She loves it really, she’s like ‘This could really p*ss off my dad’."
She added: “It’s not her biggest motivation, though, as she really does fall for Joey.”
Viewers will see Joey and Lauren’s relationship deepen over the coming months, with explosive consequences. Jossa’s co-star David Witts recently described the upcoming scenes between the pair as “absolutely humongous” and said they were “just what [his character] needed”.
Jacqueline at Soccer six in May
Jacqueline Jossa at the premiere of Magic Mike
The trio are apparently looking for Ian (Adam Woodyatt) who vanished after Mandy Salter (Nicola Stapleton) left him on what was supposed to be their wedding day.
In new snaps of the BBC1 soap’s stars on location, Max and Tanya’s daughter Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) is also seen outside the centre, where it appears she has started working.
Max (Jake Wood), Tanya (Jo Joyner) and Alfie (Shane Richie) arrive armed with a picture of Ian to quiz the shelter’s residents about whether they have seen the chip shop owner.
Ian’s daughter Lucy (Hetti Bywater) has been keeping her dad’s disappearance a secret up until now, insisting he is simply away.
But the teenager has increasingly been finding it hard to cope as she juggles managing her dad’s businesses, looking after her little brother and worrying about Ian’s whereabouts.
Will Max, Tanya and Alife be able to help her and bring him home?