Former EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison calls for soap changes

Previous EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison has called for the soap to return to more realistic plots.

Fergison entertained soap opera lovers for half a decade during her stint on the BBC series as Heather Trott, the George Michael enthusiast in constant search for love.

And even though Heather’s last episode aired in 2012, when she died after Ben Mitchell hit her with a picture frame, the actress has been keeping an eye on the various plotlines that have unfolded ever since.


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speaking recently to Mirrorthe actress asked the producers to “go out and talk to people” and reestablish plots that really move the soap opera audiences.

“They need to bring it back down to earth a little bit,” he said. “When the sensational becomes like a movie, it gets a little blurry.

“Arthur stealing the money, Den and Angie’s divorce papers, those were the hearts and lives of real people.”

He added: “If you wanted explosions, you would see Fast and Furious.”

Fergison also touched on her desire to see more plus-size actors take on major roles on television: a previously repeated feeling for derry girlsSiobhán McSweeney, who recently called out romantic leads not just “having a certain body shape” or “conforming to a certain aesthetic.”

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“We can better identify when someone who looks like you is represented,” Ferguson said.

“And we have sex! People like to pretend we only laugh when we’re happy and eating, but we don’t.

“You see older people apologizing in restaurants, or worried people looking at them. I always say, ‘Eat your food and enjoy it.’ If people look at me in restaurants, I’m like, ‘What’s wrong? Are you jealous of the food on my plate? ?'”

Fergison currently stars from netflix mockumentary hard cell as an alternate version of herself: a former soap opera star hired by the prison governess, Laura, to help put together a production of West Side Story.

EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.

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