EastEnders fans are convinced that Zoe Slater is heading back to Albert Square to be reunited with estranged mum Kat Slater.

EastEnders fans have taken to social media to share their delight at the possibility of Zoe Slater making a much-anticipated return to the soap after 13 years away.

Watching Hayley Slater with her newborn baby over the last few days has clearly got Kat thinking about her relationship with her own daughter. But could all the times Kat’s mentioned Zoe be a not-so-subtle hint from EastEnders that a familiar face is about to return to the Square?

Zoe Slater was a Square beauty with classical good looks

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Last night’s hour-long special saw Kat leave a heart-felt voicemail for Zoe, but only after she had eventually plucked up the courage to pick up the phone and call her.

During the message Kat joked about Zoe giving her warning before video calling her so she could make sure she had all her make up on, but under her jokey exterior it was clear that Kat just misses her estranged daughter.

The heartbroken mum even admitted that she doesn’t know where Zoe lives any more, and fans were left feeling sorry for the leopard print-loving cleaner as she bared her soul…

While Zoe and Kat have clearly drifted apart over the years, fans think this could be the perfect time for Zoe to make her comeback.

The pair's show-down in the Square when Zoe yells, "You ain't my mother," and Kat shouts back, "Yes, I am!" has gone down in <em>EastEnders</em> history

Kat and Zoe have always has a fiery relationship

Last time we saw Zoe on screen was back in 2005 played by actress Michelle Ryan, but could that all be about to change?

With Alfie making his dramatic comeback last night, it could be plausible that Zoe could also return to turn Kat’s life upside down.

New EastEnders boss Kate Oates has made no secret of the fact she is planning to bring back some old faces as part of her tenure on the soap – could Zoe Slater be one of them?

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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