EastEnders’ Danielle Harold had ‘everyone crying’ with improvised Lola scene
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Lola Pearce (played by Danielle Harold) is set to make an exit from the BBC soap after a harrowing battle with cancer.
The popular EastEnders character’s final scenes are set to air on Wednesday as the Walford locals gather to bid her a final farewell.
Actress Danielle talked about the emotional episodes which have aired recently and explained how “everyone was crying” during a particularly poignant scene.
A recent instalment saw Lola, who was struggling to form words as her illness took hold, manage to give her grandfather Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) a touching message.
Danielle explained how the scene had been improvised and left all those around them in tears.
Tuesday’s episode saw Lola’s loved ones gather at her bedside as she became weaker.
Her husband Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick) had been told to ask everyone to rush home and see Lola for what could be the last time.
Lola had been slipping in and out of consciousness when Billy was arrested for a violent altercation with Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry).
Thankfully, Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton) convinced the Panesars not to press charges so Billy could be released before Lola slips away.
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Billy rushed to his granddaughter leading to an emotional reunion, and Danielle explained how the scene had left “everyone crying”.
“All you really need to know is how much I love you,” Billy told Lola, whom he has raised since she was a child.
Billy took her hand and Lola managed to open her eyes and say: “Pops,” before letting him know she loves him too.
Danielle explained the moment had been improvised after she’d spoken to experts on the show.
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“There will be a few surprise goodbyes, relationships she’s had over the years that the viewers might have forgotten about,” she stated.
Speaking to The Sun, the actress added: “We’ve also got a really special moment where Lola finds the strength inside her to give her ‘pops’ Billy one last message.
“It was something that felt right when we were rehearsing so I asked the medical advisor if Lola would be able to find that final bit of strength to say those last words, and it did happen.
“It’s a really special moment. Everyone was crying. When all the crew are crying you know you’re doing it right. We’ve had them all crying.”
EastEnders continues on Wednesday at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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