EastEnders Lola star Danielle Harold insists ‘I’ll never do another soap’ after heartbreaking end

EastEnders star Danielle Harold weighs in on whether she’d join another soap opera after Lola Pearce-Brown’s devastating departure from the BBC show.

The character received a terminal cancer diagnosis in October last year with doctors telling her the awful news that she only had months to live.

Since then, Lola has been cared for by her husband, Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick), as her condition deteriorates with the BBC set to air her heartbreaking death scene this week.

With Lola’s fate confirmed, Danielle reveals whether she would be up for joining another soap opera after this.

“Probably not, I don't think so,” she says. “It is the toughest job. Being a soap actor is so hard, the schedules, the hours, it's just filming that amount of scenes that we do in a day – it is hard.”

Instead, Lola tells us she wants to break away from the world of soap operas and join a show with more structure.

“I'd like to do a series, something with a beginning, middle and an end – when you get the whole story,” says Danielle. “Obviously we were just constantly page-turning, some stories don't end, although it did for Lola.

“But to get to do a whole story, I'd love to do that, like a Netflix series. And to play someone completely different from Lola would be great.”

Even though she’s already wrapped filming and is about to have a very sad on-screen exit, Danielle insists she’ll still be tuning in every evening.

“I've always watched it, EastEnders has always been a big part of my life. And all my friends are still there, so I want to watch and see how they will get on as well.”

Danielle first joined the cast of EastEnders when she was 18 years old, and recently shared with OK she was upset to be leaving Lola behind after eight years.

“I was sad for Lola, and I’ve played her for such a long time,” she says. “It’s crazy that it’s coming to an end now. But I’ve also been so busy because the storyline has been so full-on that I’ve not really had time to think about finishing or me going."

But she also said that she’s grateful to executive producer Chris Clenshaw for “giving me the best exit.”

Talking about her final scenes, Danielle went on to say: “They were really difficult for all of us involved in those scenes. It was just so emotional.

“So many people have been affected by it in some sort of way. For us, the actors, the crew, the whole studio just found it really difficult and it wasn't a nice time to film but it needed to be done. It needs to be shown in such a true light that’s what we did.”


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