EastEnders star Louisa Lytton had plenty of praise for co-star Lacey Turner on Monday, as she admitted it's 'like they never really left' the soap.
Appearing on This Morning, the actress, 30, said it was 'really exciting' working with Lacey again, after she reprised her role as Ruby Allen last year.
It comes as Ruby and Lacey's character Stacey Fowler will take centre stage as the rape storyline reaches a dramatic conclusion this week, with the gangster's daughter heading to court as her rapist is finally put on trial for the crime.
Close: EastEnders star Louisa Lytton was praising her co-star Lacey Turner on Monday's This Morning, as she gushed that it's like they 'never really left' the soap
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Louisa told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: 'Having been away I knew what the story was going to be, I knew from the off what I was coming back to, it feels amazing to be back.
'I was away for 12 years and I experienced some amazing things, I came back and thought "what was I doing for 12 years?"
The star then gushed about her close relationship with Lacey, as their characters have played close friends throughout their various stints on the soap.
She added: 'I’m back with Lacey. She’s pregnant. It’s all really exciting. We feel like we never left.'
United: The actress, 30, said on This Morning it was 'really exciting' working with Lacey again, 14 years after they first met on the show
Tough time: Louisa was on This Morning to talk about her character Ruby Allen's recent rape storyline, which comes to a dramatic conclusion this week
United: The star first joined EastEnders in 2005 before leaving a year later. Lacey first appeared from 2004 to 2010 before returning again in 2014 (above in 2008)
Louisa first appeared on EastEnders from 2005 to 2006, before her reprising her role in the show last autumn.
Meanwhile Lacey - who is expecting her first child with husband Matt Kay - first debuted as Stacey in 2004, and after leaving the show in 2010 made a return in 2014.
Louisa also told Phil and Holly about the upcoming conclusion to Ruby Allen's rape storyline, as she heads to court on Monday night's show, to see her attackers Matt Clarkson and Ross