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EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison for new Derren Litten sitcom, The Spa

As fans of EastEnders will of course know, Cheryl Fergison was written out of the show earlier this year and her role as hapless Heather Trott…

So for those of you who’ve been missing seeing her on-screen, there’s good news today as it’s been revealed that she’s been cast in a new sitcom that’s been penned by Benidorm creator, Derren Litten.

Cheryl – who’s reportedly also going into the Celebrity Big Brother house this year, and who recently appeared on a Celebrity special of Come Dine With Me which you can see by clicking here – tweeted the news to her followers yesterday.

She wrote, “Fab derrin litten yes he of benidorm is writing a new series and i am lucky enough to be playing a character in it ..gonna be fab (sic)… Read more & comment »

Coronation Street’s Katherine Kelly lands This Morning job!

Katherine Kelly, who played Becky McDonald in popular ITV soap, Coronation Street, until earlier this year, has landed a presenting role on ITV’s This Morning!

Kelly, who won Best Exit at this years British Soap Awards for her characters happy-ever-after departure to pastures new,will host a  four-part mini series in the award-winning day time show, called Kelly’s Heroes.
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Emmerdale star Sian Reese-Williams says Nikhil Sharma will “surprise” pregnant Gennie Walker

As fans of Emmerdale will most likely know, Gennie Walker is about to discover she’s pregnant…

And given that she and boyfriend Nikhil Sharma (Rik Makarem) have already talked about having children, and he vehemently told her he doesn’t want any, not unreasonably, Gennie’s nervous about having to break the news to him that he’s going to be a daddy.

However, while speaking to the PA about the pregnancy plotline – which will see Gennie giving birth in October during the show’s anniversary celebrations – Sian revealed that her character is set to be “surprised” at how Nikhil receives the news.

She said, “I think he’s going to surprise her with his reaction to the news.

“It’s not what she expected him to do at all. I think it will bring them closer together in their differences… Read more & comment »

Corrie: Marc Baylis arrives on set as Rob Donovan, and Shobna Gulati’s rant at “misogynists”

Coronation Street newbie Marc Baylis – who is #fitas – yesterday arrived at the show’s set to begin filming in the role of Carla Connor’s no-good brother, Rob Donovan.

As fans of the show will know, Carla (Alison King) is about to depart Weatherfield for a few months, and in her absence, Rob’s set to stir up a whole load of trouble, and steal the hearts of a few of the Street’s ladies!

As you can see in the picture above, he was photographed alongside Kym Marsh, who of course plays Carla’s former sister-in-law, Michelle Connor, and as Kym recently revealed that she’d like to see her character having a new romance, perhaps her wish is about to come true.

Rob, who’s also starred in The Bill, Law and Order: UK, Sirens and Misfits, will be seen on our screens for the first time in July.

Meanwhile, Shobna Gulati, who plays cheating wife Sunita Alahan, has ranted at the misogynistic attitude of some viewers towards the show’s female characters… Read more & comment »

Corrie: Jimmi Harkishin says he’d advise Dev Alahan to throw cheating wife Sunita out!

As fans of Coronation Street will know, Sunita Alahan is having an affair with taxi driver Karl Munro (John Michie) and while speaking to Soaplife about what advice he’d give his character Dev, Jimmi Harkishin has revealed that he’d tell him to throw her out.

Dev is of course Sunita’s (Shobna Gulati) shopkeeper husband, however, having fallen in love with Karl, Dev won’t need to throw Sunita out as she’s going of her own accord!

Speaking to Soaplife about what happens when Sunita decides to leave Dev, Jimmi explained that the drama takes place against the backdrop of the Street’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

He said, “Dev is dressed as Adam Ant [for a street party], Karl is Tom Jones and Sunita is Beyonce, so it is quite comical.

“Karl dives behind the counter. It’s a heightened Corrie reality and funny because he doesn’t catch them at it.

“It’s much more serious when he finally confronts her about whether there is someone else…” Read more & comment »

EastEnders: Himesh Patel wept while filming final scene with Meryl Fernandes

As fans of EastEnders may know, Meryl Fernandes has now left the show and her role as young bride Afia Masood.

And in this week’s Inside Soap magazine, her co-star and on-screen husband Himesh Patel – who of course plays Tamwar Masood – has revealed that when he and Meryl filmed their last scene together, the tears we’ll see Tamwar shedding are real ones.

First, Himseh explained that Afia’s exit storyline is that she wants to travel the world while she’s young, but Tamwar doesn’t want to go with her.

But when Afia tells him she can’t live in Walford any longer, Tamwar has to say goodbye to his wife.

Himesh said, “We got the scene rescheduled so it was the very last one Meryl and I filmed together.

“We knew it would be emotional, and we wanted to use that. When you see it, those are real tears I’m crying!

“But we’re really proud of it – Afia is sent off in style…” Read more & comment »

What’s happening in tonight’s Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. (30/05/12)

Here is you sneaky peak at the night ahead of you in soap land….


As Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) spirals out of control during her self destruct whirlwind, it’s down to Lynsey (Karen Hassan) to try and save her, but can she?

Meanwhile, it’s not just Mercy who is having a hard time digesting the news about Silas, as Riley (Rob Norbury) starts to re-evaluate just who he can trust and who he can’t.

Texas (Bianca Hendrickse-Spendlove) gets her fingers burnt as she tries to play match maker


Rodney (Patrick Mower) is in big trouble when he leaves Angelica with Ashley (John Middleton), what will Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) say?

Alicia (Natalie Anderson) tries one last time to reach out to Val’s (Charlie Hardwick) better side, but does she even have one, and if so can it be found in time?

Hannah (Grace Cassidy) finds herself roped in to helping on the farm as she covers for Holly (Sophie Powles).

When Paddy (Dominic Brunt) suggests that maybe Marlon (Mark Charnock) is still harbouring feelings for Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy), it’s clear to see he has touched a very raw nerve!


Hollyoaks Spoiler: Ste Hay has to choose, Doug Carter or Brendan Brady?

Hollyoaks fans all knew it was only a matter of time before Brendan Brady (Emmett J Scanalan) cottoned on to ex boyfriend, Ste Hay‘s (Keiron Richardson) new romance with business partner, Doug Carter (PJ Brennan), but I don’t think his reaction is what everyone would have been expecting.

Fans of the hit Channel4 soap will know how the money raised to secure the deposit for Dog and Ste’s new business, the Delli, came from Brendan without Ste’s knowledge, as a way to keep a hold of his former love.
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EastEnders Spoiler Alert! Masood asks Zainab to marry him again! Wooop!

Ever since Zainab Masood (Nina Wadia) chose evil medic Yusef Khan (Ace Bhatti) over kind and loving Masood (Nitin Ganatra) I’ve wanted to shake her and slap her around like a red-headed step-child for her stupidity.

However, once Yusef was out of their lives, via a fiery exit to no doubt an equally fiery afterlife, Zainab and Mas began to rebuild their relationship, and today, it’s been revealed that Mas is set to take to one knee and ask her to marry him again. Wooppeee!

The proposal will be aired on June 5th as the Square celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

However, prior to finding out that Mas wants to marry her again, when Zainab sees him going into a woman’s house, she fears he’s seeing someone else… Read more & comment »

Corrie: Alan Halsall on Tyrone’s worsening home life and Bill Roache on promiscuity!

Coronation Street star Alan Halsall – who’s married to former co-star and Wild at Heart actress Lucy-Jo Hudson – has revealed that things are set to get a whole lot worse for mechanic Tyrone Dobbs who’s struggling to cope with his fiancé Kirsty Soames’ violent outbursts.

Alan, who’s also starred in Heartbeat, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and Queer As Folk, told the PA, “Natalie [Gumede who plays Kirsty] the Weatherfield basher has got a big story coming up this summer.

“Let’s just say Tyrone’s going to be well bruised.”

Alan made his comments while attending the Baftas recently, alongside the show’s executive producer, Phil Collinson, who was delighted with the awards the show landed… Read more & comment »

EastEnders star Diane Parish reveals her terrifying brush with death!

EastEnders star Diane Parish – who plays fiery shopkeeper Denise Fox – has revealed that she could have been killed when a tree fell and landed on top of her car!

Diane, who formerly starred in The Bill as DC Eva Sharpe, and before that, she starred in Babyfather, for which she received the Royal Television Society’s best actress award in 2001, explained that the incident occurred just as she was about to pick her children up from school on a windy afternoon.

She told the Enfield Independent, “It could have killed my family. I was five minutes away from picking the kids up from school.

“Who knows what could have happened?”

Diane went on to explain that in the area of her home, there are a number of elderly and diseased trees that are at risk of falling… Read more & comment »

Corrie star Tony Hirst hopes Paul Kershaw and Eileen Grimshaw have a future together

Coronation Street star Tony Hirst has revealed that he hopes his character Paul Kershaw and his girlfriend Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) have a happy future together.

As we saw in last night’s episode, Paul asked Eileen to attend his wife Lesley’s funeral with him, which didn’t go down well with Lesley’s sister Yvonne, but feisty Eileen put the woman firmly in her place after enduring her sniping throughout the service.

And when Eileen and Paul headed back to the Street, Paul revealed that he loves Eileen and wants them to live together.

And while the nation heaved a collective sigh of relief for the upturn in unlucky-in-love Eileen’s fate, David and Kylie Platt – who are played by Jack P Shepherd and Paula Lane – were less than pleased for the couple as it means that Eileen is no longer selling her house. They of course had set their hearts on buying it… Read more & comment »

What’s happening in tonight’s Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and EastEnders (29/05/12)

Here is you sneaky peak at the night ahead of you in soap land….


Esther (Jazmine Franks) tries to thaw the atmosphere by reaching out to Maddie (Scarlett Bowman), but will she get the reaction she is hoping for?

Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) tries to bury her head over her feelings about Sillas and ends up spiralling down a familiar and dangerous road.

Doug’s (PJ Brennan) confusion grows, despite the best efforts of his closest friends.  As the situation reaches boiling point, Ste (Keiron Richardson) is forced to make a difficult business decision.

Will (James Atherton) is not the flavour of the month with the rest of his housemates as he plays good Samaritan to the rest of the Savage clan!


Ashley (John Middleton) fails to fit in with his new work colleagues when his previous employer is revealed.

As Alicia (Natalie Anderson) worries about her future, David (Matthew Wolfenden) does his best to comfort her, despite Val’s (Charlie Hardwick) stubbornness.

Holly (Sophie Powles) skives a day off, but for what reason?

Chas (Lucy Pargeter) and Cameron (Dominic Power) are getting a bit too comfy with their work/play balance, will Debbie (Charley Webb) start to smell a rat?


Andrew (Ricky Grover) starts to show signs of pulling himself together, but when his temper rears its head again in public, Patrick (Rudolph Walker) is forced to take drastic measures to keep the halo from slipping!

Phil (Steve McFadden)  steps up to help Lucy (Hetti Bywater) in hr fathers absence, which makes Ben (Joshua Pascoe) and Jay (Jamie Borthwick) very suspicious, could he have something to do with Ian’s (Adam Woodyatt)  disappearance?

Lauren (Jacqueline Jossa) is enrolled by grandmother, Cora (Ann Mitchell), to help play devil’s advocate between Derek (Jamie Foreman) and Alice (Jasmyn Banks), much to Tanya’s (Jo Joyner) annoyance.

EastEnders: Departing star Matt Lapinskas eyes Guy Ritchie movie role

EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas, who is of course leaving the show and his role as Anthony Moon later this year, has revealed that for his next project, he’d love to star in a Guy Ritchie movie.

Ritchie – who was formerly married to pop star Madonna – famously directed cult movies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver and RocknRolla.

While speaking to Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, Matt said, “My ideal job? I’d love to go off and do some great films.

“I’d love to work with Guy Ritchie, that’s putting it out there.”

However, Matt also revealed that he’s keen to try his hand at reality TV shows, and would consider following his former cast co-star Kara Tointon – who played Dawn Swann – and compete on Strictly Come DancingRead more & comment »

EastEnders: Kat Moon’s back baby yeah! But will she believe Michael or Jean?!

Kat Moon is back in Walford, and we’ll see her arrival on June 7th, and for poor Jean Slater, it’s not a moment too soon because of course Kat understands Jean’s mental health issues and knows exactly what to do to help Jean.

However, what remains to be seen is whether devious Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd) can con Kat – the way he’s managed to con everyone else – into believing that Jean (Gillian Wright) made up the story about giving him thousands of pounds, including the pub’s VAT money.

The drama begins when, as mentioned, Kat (Jessie Wallace) arrives home, having been away for three months to care for her dad Charlie – when in actuality, Jessie needed a break from work having exhausted herself – and finds a distraught Jean crying uncontrollably in the bath while fully dressed… Read more & comment »