Molly Dawes ended up working in a local nail bar after leaving school with no qualifications. Her mother is tired to the bone and pregnant with her sixth child, and her father is depressed and angry since he lost his job, finding his only solace with alcohol. Molly feels that there should be a whole lot more to life than this.
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After leaving a soap opera it is quite hard for an actor to escape the character they’re best known for playing. For example former Eastender Lacey Turner has found it hard to stop being known as Stacey Slater. Since leaving Eastenders, Turner has starred in a number of programmes however none of them have been particularly successfully. These shows include Sky Living’s Bedlam and ITV2′s Switch neither of which got much of an audience or were critically praised. Thankfully Turner turns all that around tonight by appearing in powerful one-off drama Our Girl in which she gives an absolutely brilliant performance.
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Since leaving Eastenders Lacey Turner has featured in a number of programmes that deal with the supernatural including a guest role in Being Human as well as starring in Sky Living’s Bedlam and this week she’s back as part of a quartet of young witches in ITV2′s Switch.
The opening scene sees the foursome say goodbye to their housemate Hannah, played by former Hollyoaks actress Hannah Tointon, as she prepares to go off on yet another voyage of self-discovery. Before she goes they perform a spell where they each take on one of the elements calling out for Water, Earth, Air and Fire however instead of summoning Captain Planet they simply produce an almighty explosion.
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Girl next door Lacey Turner proved she could be as seductive as the rest when her EastEnders character, Stacey Slater, embarked on a steamy affair with her husband’s dad, but now she is out to make her new role even raunchier, as she plays a lesbian in the new drama, Switch!
Turner, who left EastEnders back in 2010, after a pact with her on-screen husband, Charlie Clements – who played Bradley Branning, meant they would both leave when either one of them wanted to quit. Since then she has appeared in an advertising campaign for Royal Mail, as well as starring in supernatural dramas such as Being Human and Bedlam.
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As fans of EastEnders will most likely know, former Footballers’ Wives star Gary Lucy has joined the cast of the BBC1 soap in the role of city banker Danny Pennant…
And we’re set to meet him for the first time this week as Danny and some of his work colleagues go for a meal at Walford’s, Argee Bhajee which is where Danny will meet Syed for the first time.
It has of course been revealed that Danny and Syed (Marc Elliott) will feel “an instant attraction” and it’s been rumoured that Danny could be the reason that Syed and his gay partner Christian (John Partridge) decide to leave Walford for good later this year.
However, in today’s TV Biz, Gary has revealed – bless him – that he was so nervous about filming his first kiss with a man that he couldn’t sleep the night before the shoot!
He said, “It was the first time I’d kissed a guy, so it was different… Read more & comment »
So onto our second episode of True Love and, as I mentioned yesterday, this time it features Lacey Turner’s Michelle in a more prominent role. This evening we see her married to Ashley Walters’ Paul, who believes the love they once had is gone since the birth of their son. It is Paul who we follow on his daily commute to his job managing a carpet warehouse, where every day he passes by a bus-stop where a girl smiles at him a moment that keeps him happy for the rest of the day that is until he gets home again.
It transpires that this girl is Jaime Winstone’s Stella, who makes Paul feel a lot more alive than his wife does as she more is keen on caring for their son or deciding what they should have for their tea. Eventually Paul decides to contact Stella, by writing his name and number by the bus stop, with the two finally meeting in her flat before quickly beginning a full-blown affair. Unlike yesterday’s encounter between Serena and Nick, which was built on memories of a relationship long since passed, here Paul’s motives for straying are because he feels that there’s no passion with Michelle any more while there is plenty with Stella.
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As fans of EastEnders will know, Janine Malloy – who may or may not be Janine Moon by the end of next week – is heavily pregnant, and it’s been revealed today that when her daughter is born, the baby will be named Scarlett.
However, when the baby’s born, Janine names her Patricia, after Pat Evans of course who was Janine’s step-mother, but someone close to Janine has other ideas about the name, and she loses out on her first choice when the baby is registered as Scarlett!
Of the news about the baby girl’s name, a show insider told the Star, “The name choice may be an omen for things to come…
“With a mother like Janine, this little girl is sure to be a fighter.”
It has been rumoured recently that Janine will go into labour on her wedding day, and it’s also been speculated that Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd) will attempt to abduct the baby at some point… Read more & comment »
Lacey Turner, who of course shot to fame in her EastEnders role as Stacey Slater, has revealed that she believes she’s had messages from beyond the grave from her grandmother.
In an interview with the Radio Times about her current role in Sky paranormal drama Bedlam, and about her forthcoming new drama Switch, which is about modern-day witches living in London, Lacey explained, “I was four when [my Nan] died and her name was Amelia, which is my middle name…
“But we called her Nanny Leo because her dog was called Leo.
“I’ve been to see mediums and they’ve said, ‘Your Nan’s here’ and sometimes I do think that I’ve been with her.”
However, of visits to psychic mediums, Lacey often wondered how much information about her life they’d possibly gleaned from internet searches about her… Read more & comment »
Former EastEnders star Lacey Turner – who of course played the role of Stacey Slater in the BBC1 soap – has revealed that not only does she find filming scenes for Sky drama Bedlam “scary”, but she has a list of things she fears that’s as long as her arm!
One of her biggest terrors is apparently dogs, and she’s “petrified” of her friend’s tiny Yorkshire terrier.
Speaking to TV Biz, Lacey said, “I’m petrified of everything. I’m scared of my own shadow.
“Honestly, I’m the biggest weed you’ll ever meet. The thing I’m most scared of is my best friend’s dog. I love dogs but my friend has this Yorkshire terrier.
“I walked in the house once, not expecting this dog to be there, and it barked and I jumped out of my skin.
“Since then I haven’t been there for five years. I just can’t… Read more & comment »
Former EastEnders star Lacey Turner has revealed that she left the hit BBC1 soap because she was “curious” to see what other projects she could work on if she wasn’t committed to the London based drama.
Speaking to the PA, Lacey – who landed a total of 33 awards for her portrayal of Stacey Slater in EastEnders – said, “It was a hard decision because I loved playing Stacey and I loved my time there…
“But it just got to a point where I’d been there for seven years and I was curious [about what else was out there] – and once I’m curious, I’m gone.”
And of course, Lacey didn’t have to wait long before the offers of stage and screen roles came flooding in, and she’s currently about to return to our screens in a second series of hit paranormal drama, Bedlam… Read more & comment »
Fans of EastEnders will of course recall actress Lacey Turner in her role as Stacey Slater, who was feisty, fearless and uncompromisingly brave as she dealt with one trauma after another in her young life…
However, since leaving the show, Lacey has gone on to star in hit paranormal drama Bedlam – the second series of which begins on Sky Living on Wednesday 6 June at 10:00pm – and the experience of playing paramedic Ellie, who, as the phrase goes, sees dead people, left her terrified when she returned home after filming.
The Daily Star reports that Lacey said, “I’m scared of everything, even my own shadow. I’m the biggest weed you’ll ever meet.
“I was at an awards ceremony once and there was just no one behind me and I just felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned around and there was no one there…” Read more & comment »
Former EastEnder Lacey Turner – who of course played the role of Stacey Slater - is to return to our screens in a new ITV2 comedy drama entitled, Switch.
She’ll play the role of Stella, who’s a young woman about town living in London with her flatmates, however, she and said flatmates are all witches, but they must keep their powers a secret from most, even while waging battles with rival coven, The Witches of Kensington.
Made by Touchpaper Television, the production company who also make Being Human for the BBC, Switch will also star Hannah Tointon, Nina Toussaint-White and Phoebe Fox.
The six-part drama was written by Chloe Moss and Tim Price, who can boast having worked on Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Prisoners’ Wives and EastEnders.
Of the news show, Rob Pursey, the series’ producer said, “Switch is an upbeat, funny drama about four young witches trying to make their way in the big city… Read more & comment »
Sky Living has commissioned a second series of Bedlam and it has been revealed today that former Eastenders actress Lacey Turner will take on a major role.
The first series aired in February 2011 and is Sky Living’s most successful commissioned series to date. The new series promises to be even darker and scarier than before. Returning with sharp scripts, dramatic special effects and compelling storylines, Bedlam will boast an all new line up.
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Former EastEnders star Lacey Turner is to return to our screens playing the role of a paramedic who sees ghosts.
She’s to star in Sky Living drama, Bedlam, as Ellie, alongside Jack Roth, who’s the son of actor Tim Roth.
The main focus of the show is a block of flats that used to be a mental asylum, and of course, the new series is the show’s second year.
The first series saw Will Young in the lead role, but at the end of the first run, he and several other cast members were caught in a huge explosion.
The Sun states, “The original cast won’t be back — although Will and the others could have cameos in the new run as bosses tie up loose ends”
Speaking to the paper, Lacey – who’s also starred in Being Human and Frankenstein’s Wedding since she left ‘Enders – said she couldn’t wait to play the role of Ellie… Read more & comment »
It’s been reported today that former EastEnders star Lacey Turner will return to our screens in a new improvised drama entitled ‘Love Life’.
Lacey will star alongside former Doctor Who actor David Tennant in the show, which is described as a “first of its kind” to air on the BBC.
BBC drama chief Ben Stephenson said of the show, “Using improvisation will push the boundaries of each story.”
Billie Piper will also star. Read more & comment »