Earlier today we told you EastEnders was teasing a big announcement for this evening and speculation was rife that it would be the return of a former character.

Turns out, folks were right, an old face is returning to Walford and one that hasn't been around for quite some time. It's been so long, in fact, that we are wondering just what the hell they have in store for her.

Take a look at who it is below:

If you're not bothered watching the video, it's Tamzin Outhwaite, who returns to the soap after nearly 16 years away from her role as Melanie Owen.

Yeah, random.

Outhwaite played Melanie from 1998 and 2002 and was part of quite a few memorable storylines including her doomed Millennium Eve wedding day with Ian Beale and her turbulent relationship with Steve Owen, while she was also involved in the iconic 'Who Shot Phil?' plot.

The actress begins filming in the next few weeks and will be back on our screens as Mel in the New Year.

The decision to bring the character back was undoubtedly down to former producer John Yorke returning to the soap as creative director.

Speaking about her big return, Tamzin said, "When I got the call from John asking if I would consider coming back to EastEnders, it was something I just couldn't refuse. John created Mel's most memorable storylines so it is an honour that he has asked me to return.

"EastEnders is in my DNA and I always knew deep down that someday I would revisit Mel. She is a strong independent woman with lots more stories to tell. To be stepping back into Mel's shoes nearly 20 years after I first started feels just perfect."

John Yorke added: "Tamzin is one of EastEnders' biggest stars, so it's particularly exciting to welcome her back to Walford for an incredible storyline – one that will awaken a lot of old ghosts, some great memories, and a whole new series of adventures too.

"We're thrilled and flattered to have Tamzin back and we can't wait to reveal just where she's been, and just who Melanie Owen is now."

While a statement from EastEnders teased: "Classy, sassy and fierce, Mel Owen's return to Walford is bound to turn a few heads, as well tear open old wounds. But with so much history in Albert Square, just why is Mel coming back?"

Yes, why indeed.