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Former EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison, who played the lovable Heather Trott on the BBC One soap, has criticized the BBC’s ‘unwise’ decision to kill her character
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Cheryl Fergison has branded EastEnders as ‘out of touch’ and has criticized BBC bosses for her decision to kill off her legendary character, Heather Trott.
The actress, 56, has been playing the lovable character for five years since 2007 and she quickly delighted viewers with her role as Shirley Carter’s best friend and a legend in unlucky love.
It’s been more than a decade since Cheryl’s much-loved character was murdered by none other than Ben Mitchell – and the former soap star still feels as though the decision to brutally kill her is still felt. The screenwriter is quite harsh.
Cheryl described EastEnders as ‘out of touch’ for choosing to kill Heather when Ben used a picture frame over her head.
After five years playing the character obsessed with George-Michael, Heather’s time on the BBC is over.
The actress revealed that she was ‘not surprised’ that the film had its lowest ratings ever last fall – 1.7 million, compared with around 7 million when she left.
“They need to bring it back to earth a little bit,” she told The Mirror.
“When sensational content becomes a movie, it becomes a blur.
“Arthur steals money, Den and Angie’s divorce papers, that’s the hearts and lives of real people. The producers need to go out and talk to people. If you want to explode, you’re going to have to go. watch Fast and Furious.”
The actress also alluded to the lack of body diversity in the BBC drama as she shared her wish to see more ‘adults’ in her successful TV career.
Cheryl would love to see bigger actors in more three-dimensional roles.
“We can better identify when someone who looks like you is represented,” Cheryl emphasizes.
“And we had sex! People like to pretend we’re just having fun and eating, but we’re not. I saw Pierce Brosnan’s wife, who was older and was like, ‘Yeah! Goooo on! “.”
Following the tragic passing of veteran EastEnders actress June Brown, Cheryl told The Mirror she was hunted when she first encountered the legendary star.
Cheryl said: “She hates people crying. “She’s amazing, meticulous, professional, really kind, charitable and very funny. She wants her life to be celebrated.”
The TV star says that June knows Dot so well that she can embody the character halfway through a sentence, non-stop.
“It’s an amazing possibility,” she said.
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“She might talk to you about something she read in a magazine while they’re fiddling with the camera, and then in a split second she’ll switch to her line.
“The first time I was completely thrown. I said: ‘I’m so sorry, I need 30 seconds.” She turned around and said: ‘Darling, I always have to be ready!’. I learned so quickly that I could only half participate in a conversation with her on set so I was prepared to start at any moment.
“She knows Dot inside and out. If something isn’t written the way she thinks it is, she changes it, ‘No, no, honey. Dot won’t do that’.”
Cheryl’s new show, Hard Cell, is now available to watch on Netflix.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/cheryl-fergison-brands-eastenders-out-26741906 Cheryl Fergison calls EastEnders 'out of touch' as she knocks Heather out in death escape