EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison was “shocked” to learn she’d been axed

by Lynn Connolly

As fans of EastEnders will know, Cheryl Fergison – who plays luckless Heather Trott – is set to leave the show at the end of the year, and today, Cheryl has told The Sun’s TV Biz that she was “shocked” to learn of the axing.

Cheryl, who’s played the role of Heather for five years, said, “I have to be honest, I was shocked when EastEnders told me they weren’t renewing my contract.

“I don’t know why they did it. I love playing Heather, but I guess she is like Marmite — people either love her or hate her.

“I want to thank everyone for not punching me.”

Cheryl went on to reveal that she’s asked the EastEnders bosses not to tell her how her character will be written out…

She said, “I said to them, ‘Thank you for having me and please don’t tell me how I go’.

“I know everyone’s going to ask me and I won’t be able to keep quiet, so I just want to find out when I get the script.

“I don’t even want to know if I’ll be killed or if the door will be left open.”

Previous reports have said that Heather’s Walford exit will be “dramatic”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the character will die.

As to how she’d like to be written out, Cheryl joked, “I think Heather’s exit should involve her running away to tour with George Michael. That should definitely happen.

“I’d also like her to romp with Jack before she goes. He’s had everyone else in the Square so it’s about time he had Heather!

“I’d like them to write a spin-off show for her and Linda Henry (the actress who plays her Albert Square sidekick Shirley Carter). I love those characters.”

As to what’s next for her, Cheryl said she’d love to have a go at Strictly Come Dancing or take on a comedy role.

She said, “Now I’d like to do other things, maybe some presenting, maybe Strictly.

“I think I’d be the Ann Widdecombe of the contest, but there’s definitely no harm in trying.

“I love doing comedy, so more of that would be great. I’d do stand-up but I don’t think anyone would pay to see me.”
And finally, when asked what had been the highlight of her stay at EastEnders, Cheryl said, “Having my own dressing room with my name on it. Or the canteen.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.