EastEnders: Linda Henry says nobody could’ve played Heather Trott like Cheryl Fergison has

As fans of EastEnders will know, Cheryl Fergison bows out of the show and her role as Heather Trott next week, and her co-star Linda Henry – who plays Heather’s best friend Shirley Carter – has revealed that she thinks nobody could have played the role as well as Cheryl.

Linda made her remarks during an interview for the upcoming BBC3 hour long special, EastEnders Revealed: The Murder, which airs next Thursday at 8pm.

She said, “The public took to [Heather] immediately. It could have been a one-dimensional role, but Cheryl has brought so many different layers to Heather.

“I don’t think there is anyone who could have played Heather like Cheryl…”

And of how she’s found working with Cheryl, Linda said, “We just immediately, and I’m not just saying this, clicked.”

Also in the special, we’ll hear how, even after she’d filmed her last scenes as Heather, Cheryl stayed at the show’s studios to see how filming went for the aftermath of her character’s shocking death.

Of what happens after Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe) bludgeons poor Heather to death, the show’s executive producer, Bryan Kirkwood, said there would be, “an enormous storyline that is going to rumble on for quite some time”.

He added, “When Shirley finds out, there’s going to be a nuclear reaction.

“Phil always wanted Ben to be a Mitchell and now he’s got what he wanted in the worst possible fashion, so I think Phil is going to regret ever saying those words to his son.”

As mentioned, EastEnders Revealed: The Murder airs on Thursday, March 22 at 8pm on BBC3, and here’s the official synopsis…

In a shocking turn of events, Heather Trott has met her end and the Square is left reeling by her murder. This programme looks back at one of Walford’s most loveable characters, her friendship with Shirley, her constant quest to find love and the person responsible for her dramatic departure. Featuring cast interviews including Cheryl Fergison, Linda Henry and Steve McFadden and exclusive behind-the-scenes of Hev’s gripping final moments. Narrated by Josie Long.

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