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Glenda Mitchell is the mother of Ronnie, Roxy and Danny Mitchell and the ex-wife of Archie Mitchell. She made her first appearance 7 January 2010 and last appearance on 10 February 2017.

Storylines[]

Glenda Mitchell has three children Ronnie, Roxy and Danny Mitchell and two granddaughters, Danielle Jones and Amy Mitchell and two grandsons, James and Matthew. Glenda married Archie in the 1960s when she was young and they had two daughters. During their marriage, she was transformed into a fragile, nervous wreck, due to Archie's controlling and abusive ways, as well as his constant philandering. She watched as Archie controlled Ronnie, and on discovering she was pregnant with her third child, she decided she did not want him to control another child. Danny was born in Australia and Archie, Ronnie and Roxy did know about him, after reading about Archie's murder in a newspaper.

2010-2011: Reuniting with Ronnie and Roxy[]

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Glenda returns after 21 years. (7 January 2010)

Glenda walks in just as Peggy has said Ronnie and Roxy are still her girls, saying they are her girls, not Peggy's. Glenda talks to her estranged daughters, who are shocked at her sudden appearance after 21 years. She explains why she has not been in touch but Ronnie and Roxy are not interested. Roxy is angry and tells Glenda that she stopped being her mother the day she left and that Peggy has been more of a mother to them but Glenda explains that Peggy is not their stepmother as she and Archie never divorced. Ronnie is upset that Glenda has only talked about herself, and asks her to leave.

Peggy talks to Glenda, who says she was jealous of Peggy and reveals a scar on her wrist from a suicide attempt. Glenda gets frustrated with Peggy for making such a fuss over her. Archie told their daughters that Glenda was living in Australia and Ronnie wrote to her regularly, but this turned out to be another of Archie's lies. She did attempt to track Ronnie and Roxy down once but finding they had moved on, she gave up looking for her daughters she moved to France and opened a boutique.

Glenda stays overnight and the next day she tells her daughters about her life in France. She apologises for missing half their lives. Peggy decides to cook a dinner for the family but Glenda upsets her by saying she has booked a table in local restaurant Fargo's. After the meal, Glenda's credit card is declined, and Peggy accuses her of being a fraud as she found new clothes in her suitcase, saying she obviously had to leave her past behind in a hurry. Glenda explains that her fashion designer friend gave her samples on loan, and realises her card is out of date so uses another one, leaving Peggy embarrassed.

Ronnie, Roxy and Glenda then start to get along. Peggy receives a phone call during Archie's will reading saying that Archie and Glenda were divorced. Glenda says she did not sign anything but Archie's lawyer, Emma West, says if she was untraceable for two years then her signature would not have been needed. She leaves, and later talks to Ronnie, telling her she only came back to contest the will to make sure Ronnie and Roxy got what they deserved. Roxy asks her to go back to France but she then reveals she never lived in France but instead lives in a council estate in South London, and the clothes were from a catalogue. Ronnie says she is just like Archie, and just before she leaves Ronnie asks her why she left them, and she reveals that she was pregnant.

Ronnie tracks Glenda down and pays her a visit, demanding to know if what she said was true. Glenda tells Ronnie about Danny, and says he does not know he has sisters as she wanted a new life and kept no pictures of her daughters. Ronnie then tells Glenda about her daughter Danielle Jones and shows her a picture but Glenda shows little interest, and instead, talks about her expensive cups that she has had for three years. Ronnie says if Glenda had not left, Danielle might still be alive, and then asks to see a picture of Danny. Glenda does not want to show her a photo, leading Ronnie to think Danny does not exist. Glenda breaks down, saying she should never have left.

She reveals she has not seen Danny since she threw him out as he was as bad as his father, and says she wants to make up for lost time with Ronnie. When she calls Ronnie by the name Veronica, this upsets Ronnie, who leaves without saying a word. Then Danny appears, startling Glenda, who smashes one of her beloved cups. The following week, Ronnie and Roxy come to find Glenda but she pays her neighbour Reg to tell them she has moved. Glenda gives him two packets of cigarettes to thank him for getting rid of Ronnie and Roxy. Glenda shows Danny his father's obituary and gives him the address of The Queen Victoria public house where Ronnie and Roxy live.

After Danny turns up, he calls Glenda so she can confirm he is who he claims to be. Glenda only wanted him to go to the funeral, not to find his sisters, and wants him to have nothing to do with them because Archie is still "inside their heads". Danny defies her and decides to stay, so she leaves. In April, Danny and Glenda plan to con Roxy out of at least £1 million. When Danny thinks Ronnie may have figured out his plan, Glenda arrives in a taxi and Danny tells her this, to which Glenda says they cannot leave empty handed and Ronnie cannot stop them.

Glenda urges Danny to find out if Ronnie knows. Ronnie denies overhearing Danny's telephone conversation with Glenda, though Danny tells Glenda that Ronnie is playing games with him. Danny gives Glenda a plane ticket to the United States and says he will meet her at the airport. Ronnie tells Danny she has worked it out – that Danny is seeing someone. Danny agrees and says it is a married woman, and then calls Glenda to say Ronnie knows about their scheme and Glenda should go to the States on her own.

However, she simply tears up the ticket.Weeks later she arrives at The Queen Victoria and asks to stay overnight stating that she has missed her flight. She blackmails Danny telling him that unless he persuades Roxy into letting her stay she will reveal their plan. After Roxy tries to evict her, she reveals bruises on her arm and says that Danny has been hitting her. She also tells Ronnie and Roxy that Danny is not Archie's son.Roxy does not believe Glenda at first, but then asks Danny to leave. Downstairs at the front door, Glenda offers Danny a key to her flat before she told Ronnie and Roxy it was another of her little white lies.

Glenda goes to pack her bags. On the way out of the door, Roxy and Ronnie runs down and stops her and offers her to stay. leaving Peggy annoyed. Peggy is further upset when Roxy offers Glenda work behind the bar, but is pleased when Ronnie moves back to the pub and Glenda moves to Ronnie's flat. Glenda and Peggy attempt to outdo each other in order to win Ronnie and Roxy's affections. Peggy tells Roxy that Glenda badmouthed Archie in front of Roxy's baby Amy leading Roxy to tell Glenda to get out. However, Peggy defends Glenda when a man calls her old. However, their feud resumes. Glenda attempts to befriend Peggy's son Phil but he is not interested.

On Ronnie's birthday, Glenda outdoes Peggy by bringing Jack Branning out of hospital to see Ronnie. She lies to stop Peggy coming with her, Roxy and Ronnie to find Ronnie a wedding dress. Later, Glenda, Peggy and Jack overhear Ronnie telling Roxy that Archie raped her when she was 13 years old. Glenda finds it hard to believe at first but decides to say she does believe her as Peggy says she does not, allowing Glenda to win Ronnie's affections from Peggy.

Glenda convinces Roxy and Ronnie to talk, and Roxy believes Ronnie about the rape and the girls reconcile.The next day Glenda moves in with Roxy and Amy who has decided to move out of The Queen Victoria because of Peggy's refusal to believe Peggy. Glenda tells to Peggy that she was won. At the reopening of the R&R nightclub Glenda and Peggy argue about Ronnie and Roxy, and Peggy says Glenda could have taken her daughters with her when she left Archie, and Glenda says it was too late as Archie had replaced her, revealing that she knew Archie was abusing Ronnie.

She sees Peggy and Ronnie talking, thinking Peggy is telling her, and this leads to Ronnie realising. Glenda admits to knowing and says she was too terrified of Archie to stop him. Ronnie and Roxy then leave their mother and move back into The Queen Victoria with Peggy. Glenda tries to make amends with Ronnie at R&R, but Jack throws her out. She later tries to get help from Peggy who feels sympathetic and gives her a chance to talk to her daughters. Ronnie and Roxy demand her to leave, saying that Peggy was more of a mother than Glenda ever was.

Glenda returns on the night of the fire at The Queen Victoria to comfort her daughters. When Peggy leaves Walford, she tells Ronnie to give Glenda another chance, and invites Glenda to her wedding. Roxy convinces Glenda to apply for a job at the local bookmaker's. She works a day's trial and is left on her own. Her boss, Carol Jackson, is unhappy to discover Glenda has been selling alcohol, but she also took a lot of money. She also flirts with the much younger Leon Small in the betting shop and they arrange to meet later. A few days later, Leon reveals to Fatboy that he slept with Glenda.

2016-2017: Returns to Walford and losing her daughters[]

Glenda returns to help Roxy after her attempted rape by her fiancé, Dean Wicks. After helping Roxy pack up her belongings, she visits Ronnie and Jack, and with a reluctant Ronnie, tries to talk Roxy out of moving to Portugal. They fail, and Roxy walks out on them both. Glenda encounters Claudette Hubbard, and when Ronnie tells her Claudette's story that Phil's father, Eric Mitchell, murdered Claudette's husband, Glenda claims that Claudette must be lying. Glenda leaves after a phone call from Danny. She returns in May, looking for Roxy, as she has borrowed £3,000 from her and Danny before disappearing. Glenda and Ronnie visit Roxy in hospital, as she has been beaten up, but find she has discharged herself. When she does return, Roxy reveals she needs money to escape drug lords, which Ronnie pays her. Glenda admits to Roxy she would not have returned if Roxy had not taken her money, leading Roxy to offer her £5,000, on the condition she does not return. Glenda takes the money and leaves, to Ronnie's disappointment, though Ronnie does not know Roxy has paid her.

Glenda returns seven months later with Danny after Roxy calls asking for help because of her cocaine habit. The next day, they take Roxy home to pack her things but Ronnie asks Roxy to give her away at her wedding and invites Glenda and Danny to attend. Glenda tells Ronnie that she loves her. After the wedding, Ronnie and Roxy both drown in the hotel swimming pool. Glenda is informed of this by the police and she identifies their bodies, causing her to break down in tears with Danny, Jack and his brother, Max Branning. Glenda's presence at Jack's house causes tension when she watches Jack and Ronnie's wedding DVD, upsetting Jack as the children could have also seen it. After Ronnie and Roxy's funerals, Glenda tells Jack that she intends to take custody of Matthew as a replacement for not being in her daughters' lives. Danny uses this opportunity to attempt to extort £20,000 from Jack, saying he can get Glenda to change her mind; Glenda slaps him and she tells Jack that her motive is not for financial gain. Convinced that she is telling the truth, he asks Glenda to move in to help him look after the children when he decides to remain in Walford and she delightfully accepts. Glenda tells Jack that Amy has been wetting the bed so Jack allows Amy to sleep in his bed. He later feels uncomfortable when Glenda kisses him on the cheek. He and Max go to the inquest and Ronnie and Roxy's deaths are ruled as a misadventure. However, Jack still blames Roxy. Later, Jack is furious when he finds out that Glenda has allowed Amy to get her ears pierced and throws Glenda out. He later realises that Glenda's intentions were good and he tells her she can be a part of Amy, Matthew and Ricky's lives. Glenda tells Max she knows what he is up to before leaving Walford. Months later, Jack takes the children to visit Glenda to escape facing Charlie Cotton who has returned to Walford.

2022: Further references and flashback appearance[]

Glenda is later mentioned by Billy when talking to Eve about Phil and Kat's wedding, and tells her that Phil and Glenda once slept together.

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Glenda and Archie arrive at Peggy's house. (5 September 2022)

Glenda is featured in the flashback episode on 5 September 2022, portrayed by Rose Reynolds, Glenda arrives at Peggy's front door with Archie, Ronnie and Roxy and after she overhears Archie flirting with Peggy, she makes herself known when she notices him doing so. Peggy and Glenda both share . They both have a chat in the kitchen and talk about life with their husbands and their abusive nature towards them, Glenda explains her psychological abuse from Archie whilst Peggy explains her physical abuse from Eric. Ronnie overhears Glenda after she claimed that Archie never lays a finger on her.

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Glenda and Peggy talk about their lifestyles. (5 September 2022)

Shortly after, Peggy and Glenda sit at the dining table, talking about their lifestyles. After Peggy catches Ronnie and Sam drawing on the walls of the house, Peggy shouts at Ronnie. A defensive Glenda stands up for Ronnie and shouts at Peggy. Glenda is then shouted by Peggy, telling Glenda to get out of her house. Glenda responds by insulting her and calling her 'tweety pie' before leaving with Ronnie and Roxy.

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