EastEnders star Nicola Stapleton on how Lucy Beale outwits Mandy Salter

As fans of EastEnders will know, troublesome teen Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) is headed back to Albert Square for Pat Evans’ funeral…

As we reported yesterday, Nicola Stapleton, who plays Mandy Salter, has revealed that she’s expecting lots of trouble for her character courtesy of Lucy.

And in an interview with Soaplife, Nicola has gone into more detail about one of Lucy and Mandy’s storylines, which sees the youngster outwitting her potential step-mum.

Nicola explained that Mandy is anxious to get Lucy’s approval, and so she suggests to her that they spend some “quality time” together, which boils down to getting drunk together.

Of the plotline, Nicola said, “Mandy wants to be part of the Beale family and she’s desperate to win Lucy over, but she gets it all wrong…

“She goes to The Vic with Lucy, but because she doesn’t want Lucy to see her as the wicked stepmother, she behaves like an older sister.

“Mandy gets drunk and Lucy gets her to buy some drugs. She does it because she thinks it’s going to win her points with Lucy.

“Mandy passes out and wakes up to find the pills are gone. It’s only later she discovers Lucy’s planned it so Bobby finds the drugs.”

And when asked if Mandy will be able to “avoid Ian’s fury” over the incident, Nicola said, “Mandy’s no fool and I’m loving the storylines I am doing with Adam [Woodyatt, who plays Ian], so I hope so!”

Don’t miss Lucy’s return to Walford on Thursday, January 12 and her attendance – during which she gets Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) into trouble – at Pat’s funeral on January 13th.

Also during that episode, we’ll see Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) sharing a tender – and too close for Fatboy’s comfort – moment with Tyler Moon (Tony Discipline).

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.