Michelle Ryan has revealed she has no plans to return to EastEnders.

There have been rumours that the 28-year-old actress would reprise her role of Zoe Slater in the BBC One soap alongside co-star Jessie Wallace (as screen mum Kat Moon), a part she played for five years until she left in 2005.

But Michelle insisted she has no interest in returning to Albert Square, saying: “It’s like I wouldn’t go back to school. I just believe that sometimes in life you’re like a shark – you have to keep moving through water otherwise you’ll die.”

She added: “For me, once I’ve worked on something and it’s finished, it’s like an ex-boyfriend: you don’t go back to them. I’ve done it with my heart and soul, so I wouldn’t go back because it’s not part of my make-up to do so. I think it’s important to do different things.”

Michelle – who next stars in British movies The Man Inside and Cockneys Vs Zombies, and is set to star in the West End musical revival of Cabaret with Will Young – has a soft spot for EastEnders.

“It was great to be a part of it, a fantastic opportunity and it does open doors, but then it also feels nice to move on,” she said.

The Man Inside opens in cinemas on July 27, Cockneys Vs Zombies is released on August 24, and Cabaret opens at London’s Savoy Theatre from October 3.