EastEnders star Nicola Stapleton on “dark” Mommie Dearest plotline

Fans of EastEnders will know that the arrival of Mandy Salter’s mum Lorraine on the Square has been a far cry from a joyous reunion, and in forthcoming episodes, things are set to get a whole lot worse…

Lorraine – who’s played by former Bad Girls actress Victoria Alcock – has no love for her daughter Mandy, and is only intent on getting as much money out of her as she can, by whatever means she can, and that includes blackmail.

Mandy, who’s played by Nicola Stapleton, doesn’t want her fiancé Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) to know the full extent of some of the darker moments of her past, but Lorraine holds the threat of revealing those lies over Mandy’s head to ensure her daughter pays up.

However, things come to a head when, in an upcoming episode, Mandy loses her temper with her mum’s vile behaviour and throws a drink over her…

Nicola has been talking to Soaplife about what happens. She said, “Lorraine says lots of nasty things about Mandy.

“You find kids who have had a traumatic upbringing often have a strong bond between them and the abusive parent. It’s like a hold Lorraine has over Mandy.”

And when asked why Mandy doesn’t just tell Ian how awful her mum is, Nicola said, “She could, but she’s embarrassed. Her mum is uncouth, loud and brash – all the things Mandy’s struggling not to be.

“When Lorraine steals money from Ian, Mandy covers for her. Seeing Mandy’s mum helps explain why Mandy is constantly looking for love, praise and acceptance.”

Soaplife then asked if Mandy is only marrying Ian for his money, to which Nicola replied, “We don’t know. What we do know, though, is that they’re starting to build a nice companionship and they’re actually having a laugh together.

“It’s working out nicely for the pair of them. She’s mainly concerned that the nice little normal life she’s creating, and which she really wants, is in jeopardy.”

Nicola then explained what happens when Mandy and Ian take Lorraine out for meal, along with toxic step-daughter, Lucy (Hetti Bywater).

She said, “They argue about the past and Lorraine taunts Mandy, saying men don’t fall for women like her. Then she viciously grabs Mandy’s face. They’re quite dark scenes.”

But surprisingly, when money later goes missing, Lucy steps in to inform Ian that she knows Lorraine, not Mandy, took it.

Of that, Nicola said, “Lucy overhears Lorraine being cruel to Mandy and tells Ian it was Lorraine who stole his money.

“Ian’s stunned, but Lorraine turns on him about his relationship with Mandy. It’s really spiteful and Mandy sees red.

“Lorraine says a lot of nasty things when she realises Mandy’s serious about not wanting her around.

“When Ian sees how dysfunctional Mandy’s relationship is with her mum, he worries he has another Cindy on his hands.”

And finally, as to whether Mandy and Ian will ever actually make the journey up the aisle, Nicola said, “I don’t know. There are plenty of wedding dresses, that’s for sure.

“I think it would work just as well if they weren’t married, although if they did get the big happy ending that would be sweet.”

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.