EastEnders star Khali Best talks Dexter and Nancy romance & working with Lacey Turner and Natalie Cassidy! EXCLUSIVE

by Lynn Connolly
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This week, we caught up with EastEnders star Khali Best to have a natter about all things ‘Enders, and of course, his National Television Awards nomination in the category of Best Newcomer.

You can click here to read the first part of our interview with Khali, but while we had him in the hot seat, we just had to quiz him about what lies ahead for his Albert Square character Dexter Hartman and, about Dexter’s friendship with Walford newbie, Nancy Carter, who’s played by Maddy Hill.

Here’s what the lovely Khali had to say…

Q: I understand you were friends with Maddy Hill – who plays Nancy Carter – before she joined the cast. Are you enjoying working with her?

A: I love working with Maddy, she’s so much fun as a person and as an actor. She’s very giving and accommodating and she’s always open to ideas.

She’s just a fantastic actress to work with, but [working with her] has been made easier because I’ve known her for a long time.

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Q: Are we going to see a romance between Dexter and Nancy?

A: Well, what I think is that you should carry on watching, and you’ll see that situation blossom into something…

But right now, they’re just good friends. That said, Dexter doesn’t like ‘ordinary’ and Maddy’s very much out of the ordinary.

I think there is a mutual attraction, but right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen between them, but I’m excited to find out.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about what else is ahead for Dexter?

A: Well, storyline-wise I’ll be around the Carter family a fair bit, and the Branning family, so basically, I’m going to be everywhere!

Q: Have you met Lacey Turner and Natalie Cassidy who are of course back in the roles of Stacey Branning and Sonia Fowler?

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A: I have and they’re both lovely people. Lacey smiles all day long – she’s got a lovely smile – and she’s a fantastic actress so it’s great to see her back. Same for Natalie, she’s also very, very lovely, and both of them have been so nice to me…

It’s so good to know that people like them, who’ve been a part of the show for such a long time, think I’m doing okay in it.

They both kindly told me that they like what I’m doing on the show, so it meant a lot to me for them to say that.


We’re set to see Lacey’s return in February, and we’ve already seen Natalie’s first re-appearances as Sonia Fowler, but we’ll be seeing a lot more of her as Carol Jackson (Lindsey Coulson) continues to battle breast cancer.

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Here’s a look at what’s coming up on the show…

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.