EastEnders fans were surprised to hear from one of the soap’s longest-running characters when iconic extra Tracey The Barmaid popped up in an interview on The One Show.

Actress Jane Slaughter has played the Queen Vic pub employee since 1985 when the soap began, but due to her background role to all the drama, viewers hardly ever hear from her.

That all changed when she featured in a chat with Strictly star Ritchie Anderson to talk about the BBC’s new project 15 Seconds of Fame, which allows members of the public the chance to appear on their favourite shows.

Some of the roles up for grabs include serving a pint on EastEnders, playing a patient in Casualty or appearing as an alien on Doctor Who.

And Jane was on hand to give some of her best tips on how to make the perfect extra in a rare interview.

Speaking live from EastEnders’ famous boozer, Tracey looked back and remembered her first appearance on the show almost forty years ago, saying: “It was outside on the flower stall, freezing cold but it was so exciting, the energy was amazing!”

She then spoke about the amount of pub landlords who she’s worked with over the years and praised the late Barbara Windsor, who played Peggy Mitchell.

“It was amazing,” Jane said, describing what it was like to work with the star, who passed away in 2020. “So supportive and professional too, just a joy, I miss her very much”.

She then gave her advice to anyone wanting to follow in her shoes as an extra, saying: “Don’t look down the lens! No upstaging and just enjoy it! It’ll be fantastic, what an experience!”

Fans were recently left heartbroken when it was revealed thatLola Pearce has a brain tumouron the soap.

After suffering a seizure, viewers saw Lola, the outgoing beautician played byDanielle Harold, in a hospital bed during Wednesday’s episode as she awaited an update on her health with partner Jay Brown by her side.

During an emotional scene, Lola was told by a doctor: “The MRI confirms what we already thought, that you have a glioblastoma multiforme, which is a fast growing and spreading tumour.”

Harold, 30, has played Lola, the granddaughter of Billy Mitchell, since 2011 and has previously been at the centre of hard-hitting storylines including a teenage pregnancy.

Reacting to the episode on Twitter, one fan admitted: "The Lola storyline in eastenders is so hard to watch."

Another added: "Naa Lola breaking this news to her family is so heartbreaking & Lexi at the end."

A third person said: "When Lola dies I’m gonna cry."


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