To make a lasting impression on EastEnders, a character has to be larger than life. Not cartoonish or a complete exaggeration but ripe for impersonation in some way. To do a Sharon Watts is quite easy - all you have to do is heave a bit of bosom and inject some breathy hysteria into your voice.
When she turned up on Phil’s doorstep this week, that flair for melodrama was unmistakable: “You gotta help me!” Sharon panted, black cuticles quivering. Phil, mentally spooling back to the time his fling with her was broadcast over the Vic’s sound system, bundled Sharon into his gas guzzler before she could inflict any damage on his current relationship with Shirley.
But little did he know that his life was going to implode anyway – for Shirley, her temper now as short as her skirt, was about to unearth the truth about the death of Heather (or the “def of Ev” as it’s been known since her body was discovered).
These seven episodes were billed in advance as the week of Sharon’s return, but however welcome her reappearance may have been, it did at times seem like a sideshow, despite her making a beeline for alpha smoothie Jack Branning.