STEVE HUISON (Eddie Windass, Coronation Street)
Monday, January 17, 2011 17:45 GMT
By Jade Foote, Queen of Soaps...
On the day dubbed the most miserable day of the year what more could a girl ask for then a chat with the lovely Steve Huison. Sitting down for a chat we discussed Anna & Eddies sex life, baking, life after the street and Corries Live episode.
Eddie and Anna are one of my favourite couples on the street, their marriage seems to be rock solid, why do you think their marriage works so well?
Good Sex! Of course you never see it but Anna and Eddie have a fantastic sex life. Most people would look at Anna and Eddie and think what is she doing with him, why are they together? From the outset Debbie & I made the decision that Anna and Eddie have a great sex life. They both love each other very much and have a passionate relationship, which is why the marriage works so well. Anna and Eddie are like chalk and cheese, but despite being such opposites they have a great relationship and really love each other.
The way Anna & Eddie have struggled to know what to do about son Gary’s portrayal of PTSD has been fanatically written and carried out. Did you, Debbie & Mikey, carry out any research to ensure an actuate portrayal?
Not really, we have no say over the scripts and no say over the story lines. I'm a firm believer that you can only act what you know. I've had problems in my own life, as has Debbie so we can draw on them and bring them feelings, emotions and reactions into the storyline. As an actor it’s important to draw from your own experiences as much as you can which is what we have tried to do with Gary's story.
With Gary due to be booted out of the Army, after his arrest later this month, it seems things will get worse before they get better, how will Eddie support Gary?
The only way Eddie knows how! He will try to relate to Gary man to man. Eddies not very good at showing his feelings and isn't articulate enough to put them into words. Gary's having a mental crisis, Anna & Eddie, like many parents in the same situation, have had no experience of that before so can only follow their instincts. Eddie hasn't the got the brain cells to know how to deal with it, it’s purely raw emotion and instinct. Anna has a fantastic mothering instinct so knows that there’s something wrong with her son. Anna and Eddie will both do the best they can to support and help Gary.
Eddie & Anna are in for some good news soon, with the arrival of foster daughter Faye. How does Eddie feel when he hears the news?
Eddie's won over as soon as he meets her. There will be times when Eddie feels a little out of his depth, Faye, like most children with a background like hers, comes with a lot of emotional baggage. It’s going to be an interesting time for Anna and Eddie, but Eddie likes Faye and enjoys having her around.
Can you tell us a little about Faye?
She's played by a fantastic little actress; she’s a lovely kid with a very expressive face. Faye is interesting; she isn't a one dimensional character. Faye has lots of baggage so it will be a challenge for both Anna and Eddie but they will both do the best they can to help Faye feel happy and secure.
Eddie is a family man at heart but he hasn't seen Len for ages, where has Len gone and will we see him on screen again?
The last I heard Len was living over Levenshulme way. I'm not really sure what happened to Len. I imagine that his off somewhere causing trouble, but at the moment his leaving Eddie & Gary out of it!
Eddie works for Street Cars who would you say is the better boss Steve or Lloyd?
That swings with the weather! Eddies like a goldfish with a three second memory so it changes everyday. Whoever does him a favour on the day will be Eddies best boss, if someone’s nice to Eddie he likes them the best.
What’s the best thing about working at Coronation Street?
It’s nice to play Eddie, I've never played a character like him before. Coronation Street opens lots of doors, and allows you to show that you can play different types of characters/roles.
The 50th Anniversary celebration was fantastic for Corrie, and the cast & crew did an amazing job with the live episode, were you nervous and how did you prepare for it?
I wasn't nervous if I'm honest, I saw it as the largest scale theatre production I've been part of. There were 627 members of cast and crew working on the live episode, that’s a phenomenal amount of people. Eddie didn't really have much to do it the live episode so there wasn't much for me to get nervous about. Graeme Hawley (John Stape) had lots to do in lots of locations so spent a lot of time running back and forward for each scene. A lot of people don’t get the recognition they deserve for the work they did on the live episode, especially the crew. Jake (sound-man) had the responsibility of queuing up the background sounds, the police sirens etc. There were over 500 different background sounds which is a lot for an hour, all of which were pre-recorded and it was Jake's job to make sure they were queued up and ready to go at the right time. I don’t think there was one scene that had background noise that sounded out of place, so he did a fantastic job. We did a lot of rehearsals and run through in the weeks building up to the live episode, the whole team, cast and crew did an amazing job and I'm proud to have been a part of it.
Eddie's natural talent is baking. Can you cook?
I don't bake, I can bake bread but that’s about it. I cook a lot though, I do most of the cooking at home, and I really enjoy it. I used to work in kitchens so know how hard it can be, but it’s something I really enjoy doing.
Eddie is set to depart the cobbles in the coming months what will you miss most about working at corrie?
The laughs! I've met some great people while working at Corrie. I will miss Debbie (Rush) the most though, we have a great natural relationship, she makes me laugh and we work will together, so yes working with Debbie will be what I miss most.
What’s next for you Steve, once Eddie departs the street?
I don’t know, I've had offers, but if I'm honest I'm not an overly ambitious person. I only ever really had one ambition and that was to work with, Ken Loach (Film Director) and I did that twelve years ago (with the film The Navigators) .I run a small theatre with my wife so will carry on doing that. I also want to train a puppy, working at Corrie takes up a lot of my time and training a puppy needs time and dedication, so I'm hoping to spend a few months training one. I have a cabaret act and have been wanting to bring a dog into it for a while, so I'm hoping to concentrate on that for a while. I also enjoy art and have an exhibition coming up soon, so I would love to be able to spend more time focused on my drawing.
You have a lot of support from your followers on twitter, do you have a message for them?
Thanks for your support! It’s always great to hear feedback from my followers, they all so nice.
As our interview came to an end I thanked Steve for his time and wished him well. Steve is contracted with Corrie until March 18th so Eddie will remain on screen for the next few months, I know for one will miss Eddie as will Corrie fans all over. Thanks for your time Steve I wish you lots of luck and happiness for life after Corrie.
Steve's Art exhibition runs from 14-16 Feb all info is on; http://twitter.com/ContemporarySix
If you’re not already then please get following Steve on Twitter at; http://twitter.com/SteveHuison
FAT BRENDA (Coronation Street)
Thursday, January 6, 2011 10:00 GMT
By Jade Foote, Queen of Soaps...
We've never seen her on screen, she's a woman of mystery, THE woman in the know, a twitter sensation, recently voted Corrie’s top tweeter, eh up chuck, its only Fat Brenda...
After she nipped off for a sneaky smoke or ten! She was finally ready to dish the dirt. With a cream horn in one hand, and a large gin in the other I sat down for a chat with street cars employee Fat Brenda to talk working for Steve & Lloyd, her bitter rivalry with Eileen and what life's really like on the Nation’s favourite Street.
Hey Brenda you’re the one street woman Everyone wants to know about, we often hear about you on screen but as yet we've yet to see you, can you tell us a little bit about Brenda?
Of course lovey, my name is Brenda and I work for Streetcars in Weatherfield. I'm on the switch at the moment due to me driving ban. I'm not really allowed to talk about it due to legal reasons but, I swear that cyclist ran into me! To be honest lovey, I'm not a vindictive woman but if I ever see that fella again I'll swing for him, he dented me bonnet!
I live in Levenshulme Manchester in one of them studio flats. It's not a bedsit or owt! I've got me own toilet! I just have me cooker in me bedroom/living room that's all!
So surely the most important question has to be who’s the better boss Lloyd or Steve?
They're both bad for different reasons if I'm honest lovey. Lloyd's always giving advice out whether you need or not, he thinks he's Trisha or summat! Tell him he's too little for Cheryl and he doesn't want to know though. I mean, what fella wants to go out with a lass you have to stand on a flamin' box to kiss?! He's like that Tom Cruise with Katie Homeless, Little and flamin' Large!
Steve's different depending on which lass he's with. Now he's with Becky he's borrowing money from the kitty without a by yer leave! there's nowt but buttons in that petty cash nowadays thanks to him and her, and I'm not bringing me own biscuits in so Eileen can stuff her face all day and not replace 'em!
I know you never work the same shifts but how do you get on with Eileen?
To be honest lovey I hate her! Since she's been doing the rota I'm permanently on nights which is nice when Eddie's in but Tuesday and Wednesday nights are like torture in Weatherfield; nowt happens! I'm sat in that cab office with me Bella and me Mills and Boon trying to stay awake!
Another thing about Eileen is this 'I'm dead nice me' act she puts on but you just try and give her style tips and you see another side to her. Very cruel. A cruel and vindictive woman!
Its been a dramatic and heartbreaking time on the street following the tram crash, thankfully you wasn't’t caught up in it, but where were you when you heard the news and how did you feel?
Well I was late getting into Weatherfield after I got caught trying to sneak on the actual tram that crashed. You could say I had a lucky escape. I was being questioned by the police for non-payment of fares when it happened. The first thing I knew was when I turned the corner into the street and saw the flames. at first I thought summat had gone wrong with the griddle in Prima Donner again but when I saw the tram sticking out of The Kabin I knew it was a bit more serious.
Me first concern was Eddie and where the hell he'd got that red jumper from! After I'd elbowed Anna out of the way and given him a cuddle, I knew everything was gonna be ok. He was safe.
Lives were lost, secrets revealed, friendships damaged and relationships broken, how’s life on the street at the mo?
It's a bit depressing to tell you the truth lovey. I mean, poor Sally is so upset she's been finding comfort in the arms of Tyrone so you know it's serious if that's the only thing that'll cheer you up. It's a shame Molly's dead, they could have compared notes on who had the hairiest back; Kev or Ty!
The funny thing about Weatherfield is how quickly folk get over things and now nobody mentions it really, which is strange considering it was only a month ago but life goes on I suppose. I think the bigger disaster came on Christmas Eve when barmy Barlow decided to come home!
Of course after the Tram Crash we had the return of the delightful and friendly Tracy Barlow, whats your views on Bitchy Miss Barlow?
I'm not a nasty woman lovey but I think we're all a bit gutted she's survived the assault! She brings out the worst in everyone does Tracy, especially Deirdre. I know there's nowt that can dent a mother's love but flamin' hell, Deirdre's summat else! I know Charlie was no angel but he did a belting job on me stop-cock and his rates were very competitive, he didn't deserve getting brutally murdered with that horrible ornament did he? If I was killing a fella I'd beat him to death with a bottle of his favourite beer or summat, make it special. Not Tracy though, she hit him with summat he didn't even want in the house! That's just nasty!
The sooner Tracy goes back inside the flamin' better!
Working in the Taxi Office you must pick up lots of info, whats the juiciest piece of gossip you can give us?
Well, I'm not one to gossip but I know for a fact that Dev has over-claimed on his insurance form. He's claimed for 48 tins of plum tomatoes that he's been selling down the market, same with those tinned hotdogs. He's got poor Sunita at that stall for six every morning! I bought a few meself actually but I can't face eating 'em cos I'm sure there's a bit of Molly's blood on me Tyne Brand tinned Chili Con Carne. He's no shame that Dev!
Since your time on the street, you’ve come to know the residents… who do you like the most?
Me favourite has to be sweet Eddie. What a fella! He's like a ray of hope in hopeless world lovey. The gin in me tonic. The batter on me fish. A lot of people don't know this about Eddie but he is a very sensitive man, very caring. I've done many nights with Eddie and his ability to cheer me up with a story about baking is amazing. We used to always do our housing benefit forms together at work and those are the moments you cherish in life.
I loved Blanche an' all. There's not a day goes by that I don't miss her!
I like Rita and Ken and Carla and the Croppers. I like most folk really... well, not most but I like some of 'em!... And which resident do you most dislike?
One word, Eileen. Another word, Grimshaw. Another six flamin' words, Gail Potter Tilsley Platt Hillman McIntyre!
I've given you me reasons for Grimshaw but Gail gets on me flamin' wick an' all! One day someone will say, 'He's a wrong 'un him, Gail, a proper nutter' and she'll actually listen!
Until that day comes she will forever get on me nerves. The quiet voice, then the head starts to shake, the hair starts to flap about, the eyes start blinking and you know yer in for another Gail speech: 'I love my sons, I love my husband, I've buried my husband, stay out of it mam!' Change the record lovey! That trouser suit she wears doesn't fool me either, she's no more posh than I am.
Brenda most def needs a love interest and if it wasn’t for Anna I would say Eddie was the perfect match, who would you like to see sweep Brenda off her feet and why?
Well, a lot of people think I had a fling with Bill Webster what with me tattoo but as I've said many a time, that bill tattoo is so I don't forget to pay me leccy and gas bills.
I would love someone that Eileen fancied to sweep me off me feet just to annoy her. There's no decent men apart from Eddie at the moment. I liked Lewis, lovely lovely hair but he was well out of me price range! I couldn't even afford Kirk and he'd do owt for a bag of Monster Munch!
You were recently crowned “Corries top tweeter” in Steve Husion’s (Eddie Windass) New Years Honour list, how does it feel to receive that kind of accolade?
Well it was a very moving moment for me lovey and the awards ceremony when I received me badge was a dream come true. I wear it on me tracksuit top every day and think of his lovely face and the shock on it when I lunged for a kiss!
Whats next for Brenda? Will we ever see her on screen?
I'd like to say yes lovey but with Eileen doing the rota I flamin' doubt it. I'll have me moment though, you just wait and see!
Do you have a message for your adoring fans and Twitter followers?
Erm... Yer all belting and you make me shifts bearable. Treat yerself to that cake and Cliff album you always wanted!
As our interview came to a close I put down my Gin (I'd had one sip she had 4 glasses!) had one last bite of my cream horn and it was time to say goodbye.
Thanks for your time Brenda I haven’t laughed so much in ages, looking forward to chatting again soon.
If you’re not already, get following Fat Brenda on Twitter she really is the woman in the know much loved by her friends at corrie and adored by her followers http://twitter.com/fatbrenda
LYNDON OGBOURNE (Nathan Wylde, Emmerdale)
Friday, November 26, 2010 09:00 GMT
By Jade Foote, Queen of Soaps...
With his final scenes as bad boy Nathan Wylde airing tonight I recently sat down for a chat with Emmerdale's Lyndon Ogbourne. In his last Emmerdale interview, Lyndon answers your questions and talks life in the Dales, the support from his fans and whats next for both Lyndon and Nathan.
On a freezing cold Thursday afternoon what more could a girl want that a chat with the lovely Lyndon Ogbourne.After a chat about how we both were, complaining about the cold and discussing the snow, talk soon turned to Emmerdale and life as Nathan.
Are there any similarities between you and Nathan?
The only similarity between me and Nathan is that we both love our families and would do anything for them. In his own twisted way family is important to Nathan and I'm the same. We would both do anything to protect our families although of course I do it a lot more honourably than Nathan!! Other than loving our families, I can’t say we have anything else in common, Nathan's such a bad boy, while I, of course am a nice, good boy!
Personally I think Nathan is more sad, than bad. Other than a brief fling with Katie and blackmailing Leyla to sleep with him Nathan hasn't had any luck with the ladies. Do you think the love of a good woman would have changed him?
I think Nathan needed a cuddle! Your right I think Nathan lacked some loving. When he was growing up I don’t think Nathan got the love and attention he needed and that is what made him the way he is now. I'm sure the love of a good woman would have changed his outlook on life.
During your time in the Dales is there anyone you wished you had worked with more?
It would have been nice to have more scenes with Ryan. He was a good friend to Nathan when he first arrived, it was nice to play that side of Nathan for a while, and James (Sutton) and I are such great friends. We have such a laugh together so it would of been nice to show a bit more of that on screen, buts that’s just not Nathan is it! There are so many people I would of like to work more with but the problem is Nathan rubs everyone up the wrong way. I also would have liked to have more scenes with Jeff Hordley. I would have enjoyed more Nathan and Cain scenes. Nathan is one of the only people brave enough to stand up to Cain and i really enjoyed working with Jeff as despite Nathan and Cain’s relationship we're good friends off screen.
What has been the best thing about playing Nathan? Kerry-Ann via Twitter
The fact that he is so different to myself! When Nathan is around there's sure to be trouble, he is always upsetting someone and ruffling feathers. Nathan enjoys upsetting people and will do anything to get his own way. Nathan is such a bad boy, you never knew what he would do next and that made him so much fun to play.
When Ryan arrived him and Nathan quickly became close friends so why when the truth came out about Mark, did Nathan blame Ryan rather than his dad?
Nathan grew up thinking he was the eldest son and was close to his dad, Ryan being around highlighted Nathans worst points and he was scared Ryan was going to take his dad away from him. Of course there's also the money aspect, as the eldest son Nathan thought of himself as Heir, as well as Mark, Nathan was worried Ryan would take the money away from him too, although of course that never crossed Ryan's mind.
Despite Nathans behaviour he has lots of fans out there, why do you think that is? Sophie Timmonds via Facebook
Soap fans see the characters in their homes every evening and quickly grow attached to them. There are some characters they can identify with and others that they don’t see in everyday life and Nathan is one of them characters. He can’t help but rub people up the wrong way, his corrupt and the viewer’s know that there will be excitement and drama when Nathan is around. Like you said before i think people love to hate a bad boy and that's the case with Nathan.
With Nathan leaving our screens tomorrow what will you miss most about playing him?
The main thing I will miss is the people the cast and the backstage crew. I’ve made some incredible friends during my time at Emmerdale. It was a privilege to work with Amanda, (Natasha) Alice (Maisie) and Oscar (Will) we really did feel like a family, we instantly connected and worked well together. I shall miss working with them all. As well as being a friendly fun place to work, there a great work ethic at Emmerdale, everyone works so hard, I'm really proud to have been apart if it.
What is your favourite Nathan scene/story? Scott via Twitter
I've enjoyed all aspects of bring Nathan to life and have had some great scenes and story lines. However I really enjoyed the scenes between Nathan and Cain. My favourite has to be the recent scenes which saw Cain kidnapped Nathan and hold him hostage, as an actor they were great scenes to film.
Nathan doesn’t strike me as the type to forgive and forget so will he be off planning his revenge on Ryan, Declan and Cain?
No, Nathan isn't the type to forgive and forget. He will go away and do a little growing up but I’m sure that will just help him plan more corrupt and give him opportunity to plan horrific ways of getting revenge! Nathan doesn’t like to feel humiliated and of course Declan has made him look like a fool more than once. There's also plenty of unfinished business with Cain, Nathan wouldn't want him to get away with the way he treated him and I’m sure he will be off thinking of ways to get the ultimate revenge on Cain. Then there’s Ryan, Nathan blames him and Faye for all that's gone wrong lately and after Ryan taped his confession, he hates him even more! Nathan blames Ryan for him losing Maisie and Ryan and would love to get revenge on him too! I'm sure Nathan will be off somewhere plotting and planning and becoming more messed up than ever.
The doors been left open for you to return so does that mean we will see Nathan again one day?
The viewers have really taken to Nathan and seem excited at the thought he could return one day. I think it would be amazing for Nathan to come back, if only briefly and seek his revenge. I've left for personal reason, I would like to try some different roles and different fields of acting but Nathan may reappear one day! I’m proud the door had been left open, I’ve embraced working in a soap, Nathan is a great character to play and Emmerdale really is a great place to work. There's so much unfinished business for Nathan in the Village, i would love to see him return one day and show Cain who really is the top bad boy!
If you could play any other soap character who would it be and why?
Archie Mitchell is a great soap character, such a villain, like an old East End Gangster but at the same time is very good at pulling the wool over people’s eyes. He can be such a gentleman to the outside world, he fooled lots of people into thinking he a nice caring bloke and underneath it all he was actually quite evil.
I jumped in and said a little bit like Nathan!
Haha! Yes i suppose in a way he is, just like Nathan it was the people closest to Archie that always got hurt! I would also like to play someone like Aaron, Danny (Miller) does a great job playing him and Aaron is such a complex character it would be nice to play someone like him.
There's a lot of love out there for you and Nathan and you've had lots of support from your fans, especially on Twitter, do you have a message for them?
I've been overwhelmed by the support I've had on Twitter, there’s been lots of love for both me and Nathan. The response from fans has been and Twitter has been a huge part of my time and experience while at Emmerdale. My message would be - Thank you so much for all of your love and support, you really have been amazing. Please stick with me, i enjoy reading your tweets and messages and promise to keep you updated on what’s next for me.
So we've talked lots about Nathan but what’s next for Lyndon?
There are lots I'd like to do next. I'd love to do more Theatre projects and a few of my friends are play writers so it would be great to do some work with them. I would also love to do a costume drama. There really is lots I'd like to do, maybe play another nasty character. Again I would love to do more theatre and maybe a few short films. There's lots in the pipeline and I will keep you all updated. Most importantly as an actor I would like to keep working!
After thanking Lyndon for his time and wishing him all the best for his future it was time to say goodbye.
Lyndon really is a lovely man, and Nathan was my number one soap character I loved to hate. It was great talking to him and I wish him all the best for his future career. I can't wait to see him back on our TV screens soon.
TONY HAMMOND (Assistant Producer, Emmerdale)
Thursday, November 18, 2010 09:00 GMT
By Jade Foote, Queen of Soap...
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to work behind the scenes of your favourite soaps? Wonder how a storyline is put together? Well I recently sat down for a chat with Emmerdale Assistant Producer Tony Hammond and found out what it’s like to work behind the scenes in one of TVs much loved soaps...
Can you briefly explain your role within the Emmerdale Production Team?
My job title is Assistant Producer. That means that I'm Gavin's (The Series Producer) right hand man. I support him with the everyday running of the show, whether that be dealing with story and script, cast or production issues. Basically I help Gavin maintain a smooth running show. One of the main responsibilities of the job is to look after the entire script output of Emmerdale. So i read all the scripts alongside Gavin, but am ultimately responsible for making sure each and every scene of each and every script is working its hardest to entertain viewers. And if there's a continuity cock-up I get blamed!
From the initial suggestion stage to writing the scripts and filming the scenes, how long does it take for a story line to come together?
How long is a piece of string? It really depends on how fully formed the original idea is. Sometimes a writer will only pitch a one sentence idea say, "Natasha kills Mark" and then it can take several conferences to beat out the idea and then we start to plot it out over the months. Once a story line hits the script stage though, it takes approximately 3-4 months from that point before it hits your screens.
Emmerdale has had a great 12 months, with awards coming in for story lines and actors, how does it feel to see Emmerdale finally getting the recognition it deserves?
I'd be lying if I said it didn't bother us when we don't win. But we don’t make our show to win awards - we make it to entertain viewers. Without sounding cheesy if we get positive feedback from the viewer’s then we know we've done a good job and if we win awards then it’s a bonus. However when we do win and we have won lots recently, it’s great for the show, the crew and the actors to get the recognition they deserve, as everyone works very hard to produce 6 episodes a week.
During the recent "Train Crash" story line, The Emmerdale team had lots of support on social networking sites, especially Twitter, what does it mean to you to see the support from the shows fans?
I love the Emmerdale Fans on Twitter. It’s like watching the show with thousands of other people sat on the settee with you. They tell you when it's good and when it's bad and i love the instant feedback after (and even during) the show. To see Emmerdale trending Worldwide gave me goose bumps.
If you could play any character in Emmerdale who would it be and why?
That's a hard one to choose. I'm physically like Marlon and a lot of people comment on that. Outside work on two separate occasions, I've been asked for my autograph by people thinking I was Sam Dingle! It would be fun to play someone like Nicola - just for the day - just to unleash my evil streak!
Is there any character from Emmerdale’s history, dead or alive that you would like to see return?
Another hard question. I would have said Kelly but she’s already returning! Tom King was another great character who I would like to see back. He was a fantastic Patriarch and the glue that held The King Brothers together. If I had to choose only one character to return I think it would be Tricia. I was the script editor on her death episodes when she was squashed by the pub, and I literally blubbed every time I read the script and also when she came back as a ghost. Marlon and Tricia was an iconic soap couple and I miss her character a lot.
What is your proudest achievement since working at Emmerdale and why?
There have been lots actually. Every time I think nothing can beat my last proud moment then something comes along to top it. I'm proud of the Kings show house collapse episodes as they were a massive deal to storyline, script edit and co-ordinate. Aaron's recent storyline about his sexuality has been incredibly well plotted, scripted and performed and I can’t criticise one part of it and it makes me very proud to see Danny Miller get recognised for his efforts.
With the departure of the Wylde’s, especially Nathan, who do you have in mind to be the next Bad Boy of Emmerdale?
Apart from me do you mean? I would have to kill you if I told you but rest assured we have someone in mind to take over the evil Nathan shaped hole. And don't forget Cain, he's the ultimate Bad Boy - if you think he was bad to Nathan during Ryan's trial wait for what happens next.
Do you watch any of the other soaps and if so is there a character you would like to see pop up in the Dales and why?
I try and stay on top of the other soaps but with the hours I work I don’t get to see them as often as I should. From Corrie I'd love to take Jack Duckworth - I think he would fit in really well with our regulars popping up the bar of The Woolpack.
The past 12 months have been amazing, whats coming up to make sure that Emmerdale stays at the top of its game?
We've got tons of great stuff coming up to keep everyone hooked. Paddy, Marlon and Rhona are already on their way with an incredibly powerful story - Rhona dumping Marlon is only the start of it. It's heartbreaking but also heart-warming. Declans family arrive in style and ruffle feathers from the off, which is great fun to watch. Declan's daughter Mia soon gets her claws into one of our villagers- but are they single?
And you shouldnt miss the Christmas Day climax of Chas, Carl and Eves story. Chas's revenge is awesome. A woman scorned... January in the village is fantastically exciting - there's so much crammed into that month it will be literally bursting at the seams if we're not careful.
So there you have it, it’s an exciting but very busy life working behind the scenes of Emmerdale and I'm grateful to Tony for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions. With Chas revenge reaching a climax at Christmas, Viv’s departure, the return of Kelly Windsor, Marlon, Paddy & Rhona It looks and much more it looks like there’s another exciting few months down in the Dales.
Remember to tune in to Emmerdale weeknights at 7pm on ITV with Double episodes Thursday at 7 & 7.30PM. It’s defintley far from quiet in the country!
You can follow the lovely, extremely funny & snood wearing Tony Hammond on Twitter;
JACQUELINE JOSSA (Lauren Branning, EastEnders)
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 19:00 GMT
By Jade Foote, Queen of Soap...
After her character came back from America over the summer – literally a changed person… Our very own Soap Queen, Jade Foote caught up with teenage tearaway that is Lauren Branning, played by recast actress Jacqueline Jossa, 18, on her thoughts about taking over such a popular role in the hit BBC soap, EastEnders.
In August 2010, the BBC confirmed that Jacqueline Jossa was to take over the role in which her character was set to ‘stir up trouble’ upon her return. With her first appearance in September 2010, Jacqueline has become an instant hit with viewers showing a different side to Lauren, to which we as the viewers have never seen before.
Lauren returned to The Square after being kicked out of America for possession and use of drugs, she moved back with her father who she’d tried to kill!, played a major part in cousin Billie’s death and recently found out that brother Bradley wasn’t the killer of evil Archie Mitchell and knowing who was – sister-in-law, Stacey.
I recently caught up with EastEnders newcomer, the ever so friendly Jacqueline Jossa. Talking about her experiences since she's joined the square she was more than happy to answer your questions. I found Jacqueline, friendly down to earth and funny, here's what unfolded when I sat down for a chat with Jacqueline...
Me: Hello Jac how are you?
Jac: Hello Jade, I'm very well thank you, how are you?
Me: I'm great thanks, Thank you for letting me interview you. I've had lots of question sent in for you.
Jac: Thank you for interviewing me, it’s really nice of you.
and so we got started...
What were you doing when you found out you had got the part of Lauren? Natalie via Twitter...
I was at home with my mum when i got the call. The phone was ringing my mum answered and put me on. They explained I had got the part. I was so pleased.
How was it taking over the role from Maddie and did the cast make you feel welcome? Emma Langlands via Twitter
Maddie Duggan did a great job as Lauren. I'm not trying to replace her because I know that won't happen. We both bring different things to the role. The cast were very welcoming. All of them are such great people to work with.
How did you feel when you walked on to the square for the first time and were you star struck by any of your colleagues?
I was very nervous the first time i walked on to the square because I didn’t know anybody there, but all my colleagues quickly made me feel welcome. I have always loved Lacey Turner so it has been great working with her.
You turned 18 recently, what did you do to celebrate? Lauren via Twitter
I had a party with my family and went out with my friends [including former EastEnders star Megan Jossa, who played Courtney Mitchell - who in fact, is also Jacqueline's cousin] for a few cheeky drinks.
What's it like to be part of the Branning family? Loopy Linda Zagara via Facebook
It's great to be part of the Branning family! They are a very popular family on The Square. I love every minute of working with my on screen family.
Who would you like to play Laurens next love interest?
Love interest...well I would love her to get back with Peter but that seems history now. I want a new lad to come to the square and take Laurens breath away.
Who do you wish you had more scenes with? Nathan Moulding via Facebook
Fat Boy! Ricky Norwood is so funny!
Are their any similarities between you and Lauren? Rocco via Facebook
Well thats just say I can have mood swings like Lauren but I wouldn't say I'm much like her, I'm not as loud or as impatient!
How would you describe Laurens relationship with Dad Max?
Lauren and Max...hmm that's complicated, Lauren does love her dad but she doesn't often show it. There are days when they get along just fine but it can quickly change. Lauren is definitely more of a mummy's girl if I'm honest.
Despite Archie being murdered before your arrival, Lauren is digging into his murder. How does it feel to be part of one of the most talked about soap stories of the year?
It is such a great storyline! In the next few weeks you will see more of Lauren digging up more information. It’s been such a great experience being part of such a great storyline and its great having more scenes with Lacey. I'm really grateful to have been given the chance to be part of such a big storyline. It's brilliant!
The members of my group think you’re a great addition as Lauren. What is your own personal experience with EastEnders fans?
Oh thanks everyone! It does mean a lot to me. The fans are great; I've had so many people wait for me outside the studios. There all such nice people, and even though I don’t know every one of the fans I would just like to say a big thank you for all your support.
Do you have Facebook or Twitter? Sarah via Facebook
I did have both Facebook and Twitter but I deleted them, So please don't be fooled by fakes.
Who are you closest too on set?
I'm close to a few people, Bunmi Mojekwu who places Mercy, Lorna Fitzgerald who plays Laurens sister Abi, Jake Wood (Max ) and Jo Joyner who plays Tanya. But I get on well with everyone, they all such nice people.
Other than digging into Archie's murder what’s next for Lauren?
I can't give away storylines! Sorry! But lots coming up, you will just have to wait and see!
Do you have a message for your fans?
To all my fans - Thank you all so much for your support, as I said I don't know you all, but you each have a place in my heart. It’s fantastic the way you have all been supporting me. Thank you for your questions. Loving you all.
As the interview draws to a close I thank Jac for her time and she once again thanks me for interviewing her and for all your questions.
See what’s next for Lauren by tuning into EastEnders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays on BBC1...