Former Eastenders star Tamzin Outhwaite has said that she isn't surprised that show's bosses haven't asked her to return to the popular soap.

The 42-year-old actress, who played Melanie Owen from 1998 - 2002, said she has never been asked to return to The Square.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Outhwaite said: "I've [still] never been asked. I'm not surprised. I'm not sure what Mel has left there. There's not much there that Mel would come back to visit.

"There's Ian or Phil, but I think she'd pretty much moved on and they're really the only two characters who she knew well."

Asked if she ever ponders about what her character would be up to now, she added: "No, not really. It's weird, because you don't really think about it that much. It's still an eye-opener when someone says, 'Oh, you were in EastEnders, because it was such a long time ago.

"I went into it in 1998, and it's now 2013. It's mad, isn't it? It's just gone so quickly. It went very quickly while I was there, and since leaving it's gone really quickly. It's not something I think about or dream about, but I had a great time there.

"Every now and again I'll try and watch some of the show, but it's very difficult to watch something that you've been in - because you've already been in that pub, you know what's beyond the wall and you know where the cameras are. It's quite difficult to just lose yourself in it."