EastEnders: Diane Parish on Denise’s growing closeness to Ian: “I didn’t see this coming at all”

So is there the possibility of friendship turning into romance in the coming weeks?


EastEnders star Diane Parish has been talking about the prospect of her character Denise Fox being paired with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt). 


“I didn’t see this coming at all,” the actress admitted. “When the bosses first told me, I think there must have been some tumbleweed and a few crickets chirping – my reaction was like, ‘Eh?’ But then I was overjoyed because Adam Woodyatt is one of the best actors in the show. He knows his character inside out, yet he’s always willing to try something new.” 

In recent months, viewers have seen the pair sparring over market-stall and Minute Mart profits, while next week Denise attends Ian’s birthday party at the Vic. So can we expect to see friendship turning to romance with Denise becoming the next Mrs Beale? 

“Well, technically, no,” Parish told Inside Soap. “I’d like see the relationship through, but personally I think we’d pop the bubble with a marriage between those two. But who knows where it’ll eventually go? The writers on EastEnders keep on surprising us. Sometimes you do hesitate and say, ‘I’m not sure about that’ – but you ultimately just get on with it.’” 

The actress also revealed what it’s like to act alongside Woodyatt, describing him as “very playful” and “a joy to work with”: 


“I’ve been very fortunate with all the people I’ve been paired up with here, male and female,” she added. “It just works.”