EastEnders star Danielle Harold has revealed how working on her character’s brain tumour storyline felt, deeming one particular scene “the hardest” she’s ever had to film.
In recent episodes of the soap, Harold’s Lola Pearce made the devastating discovery that her illness is terminal, but kept the truth from her daughter Lexi (Isabella Brown) at first. Next week, when Lexi finds a letter outlining Lola’s treatment, it’s time for the mother-daughter duo to have a heartfelt, incredibly difficult conversation.
“Filming that scene is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to do – it was hard to work with Isabella on it when she is so little, and this brain tumour information is all new to her,” Harold said.
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“To even imagine that in real life was one of the harder scenes to film. In that scene, Lola really has to try and hold it together, and as did I physically performing it, too,” the actress added.
Harold also explained that she’s happy to see her character has managed to maintain her key qualities in such a trying time.
“It’s really nice because your character is your character, and for her to keep her strength, resilience and feistiness in this storyline was so important to me,” she said.
“I’m really glad that EastEnders have written it this way and kept Lola really strong because that’s who she is.”
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As for working with Brown, Harold gushed over her young colleague.
“Isabella is the best, I couldn’t have done it without her,” she said.
“The way she’s been supporting me – she’s been my little rock. She writes me little letters in the day saying things like, ‘I know we’ve got some hard scenes to film today but I love you lots and we’ll get through them.'”
EastEnders airs on Mondays – Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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Organisations including Brain Tumour Research, Macmillan Cancer Support and Stand Up to Cancer can provide help and support to those living with brain cancer and their loved ones.