‘Eastenders’ legend Barbara Windsor said that she feels “tempted” to reprise her role as Peggy Mitchell after revealing that the show’s producers have expressed keen interest to bring the character back.
Asked if she was tempted to go back, Windsor added: “I am, that’s the point, I am tempted. But Scott (her husband) says, ‘You have to really think about it’”
It doesn’t look like Rainie Cross will be making her way back onto our screens any time soon.
Speaking to Flavour Magazine, actress Tanya Franks said, “They did ask me to come back last year, but I wasn’t available. I don’t know if I am going back anytime soon or in the near future.”
Speaking of her role as Rainie, Franks admitted, “It’s always fun to play the bad girl. On saying that, with Rainie, it’s not so much that I ever saw that role as it being fun as much as it being a real exploration of somebody going through the kind of turmoil which she went through, particularly on the drug addiction side. I wanted to take that responsibility on board to try and be as truthful as I could without it being sensationalized.”
Tanys Franks can currently be seen in ITV’s ‘Broadchurch’.
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Tanya Branning actress, Jo Joyner, has decided to bow out of Eastenders.
Explaining her decision she said, “”I love playing Tanya and being part of such a great show, but she has been on quite a rollercoaster over the past seven years and I have come to realise that it’s right for her to step away from Walford for a bit longer than originally planned. ”I have been very fortunate to have been part of some fantastic storylines over the years, and I have worked with some wonderful people during my time on the show which I will always be very grateful for, but I feel that as a mother and an actress it is time for me to explore some other avenues for a while.”
She later confirmed the news to many fans who thought it was an April Fools’ prank, tweeting on her verified Twitter account, “It is not an April fool! I am moving on later this summer. Thanks to all Tanya’s supporters. Look forward to the next part…. Xxx”
Joyner joined Eastenders back in 2006 and quickly became a fan favourite. Her character, Tanya Branning has gripped the nation with her on and off relationship with her womanizer husband, Max Branning, and her compelling battle with cervical cancer.
Joyner has truly been a remarkable actress to watch over the last seven years and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.
20-year-old Melissa Suffield – who played the role of Lucy Beale for six years before being axed from Eastenders – has spoken out about her departure from the soap, saying producers branded her ”out of control”.
Bosses thought the young actress needed ”help” after posting a photo on Facebook of her surrounded by bottles and another of her posing next to a lollipop with the words ”suck me for pleasure” on back in 2010.
These incidents occurred just three weeks after she was warned about her behaviour after being pictured outside a London nightclub in the early hours, and as a result producers decided against renewing the star’s contract.
Suffield said: ”I recall vividly sitting outside the executive producer’s office with my mum, waiting for my fate.
”They said they were letting me go, and that I was out of control.
”They said I had the show’s reputation to uphold and there were standards which I wasn’t meeting.
”It wasn’t technically a sacking but they didn’t renew my contract. The feeling was that, ‘We think you need help – and need to help yourself’.
”It was very agitated and I felt trapped. There were four grown-up producers sat in front of me and I had nothing to say.
”Sorry wasn’t good enough. They said how disappointed they were – it was like a parent telling off a child – I felt very small.”
Melissa – who was 17 at the time – insists she was merely ”testing boundaries” and no longer regrets any of her actions.
”People have painted me as going out every night and coming to work in a terrible state but that was never the case.” she continued.
”I never went out if I had work and probably only went out about four or five times because the invites were too good to turn down.
”I am happier and securer than I’ve ever been. I regretted it at the time and for months afterwards but I’m fine with it now.”
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Ex Eastenders actress Lacey Turner has claimed that she has never watched the hit soap, not even when she was in it.
Turner was in Eastenders for 6 years before making her dramatic exit in 2010. As reported in the Radio Times when Miss Turner 24, was asked if She was keeping up with the latest events in Albert Square she replied “No, I didn’t even watch it while I was in it, you don’t have time and once you’ve been there for 14 hours you don’t want to, Now I mostly watch TV at night, in bed after a cup of hot chocolate, and at the moment I’m really, really into The Following with Kevin Bacon.”
Turner is to feature in the new BBC1 drama Our Girl.
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