As for your experience – did you find the cast to be welcoming?
Oh, absolutely! They couldn’t have been more welcoming. It’s quite daunting - first of all you go behind the scenes and go to your dressing room and make-up and all that’s all like any other telly job. But then you go to film in the Jackson house and see the set, which is so familiar to you through the telly. So that’s quite daunting. And it’s incredibly exciting to walk out onto Albert Square which, as I’m sure everybody says, is a lot tinier than you’d expect. You get there and you see all these familiar images around you and it’s quite difficult to contain your excitement.
Did you know any of the cast already?
I knew Lindsey as we had already worked together a few years ago on a programme called MIT: Murder Investigation Team, which was a cop drama. She’s always been lovely, so I knew that it would be an absolute joy to work with her again. I hadn’t met Michael before, but he was very sweet and said he only used to watch The Bill when I was on it, which was lovely! Nitin, I had never met before, and he was absolutely lovely as well.
I did see a couple of other mates who work on the show when I was there! Shane Richie is my daughter’s godfather, so it was nice to see him in his work environment. He was lovely as well, very reassuring. He said, “You will be fine, don’t worry about it, just relax and do what you do”. He was lovely.
What was it like filming alongside such iconic characters as Carol and David?
Very special because they’re two of my favourite characters from over the years. So if someone had said to me that if I was going to do an episode of EastEnders and that I could pick anyone to work with, I would have chosen those two. I couldn’t believe my luck! It felt very special. David Wicks and Carol Jackson’s chemistry is wonderful and to work with that and see that close up was lovely. You can see why those characters are always intriguing to the audience because they’ve got something really special.
And would you like to come back to Eastenders in the future?
I absolutely loved it. If the episode I did was anything to go by, then yes. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Lisa Maxwell's episode of EastEnders will be broadcast on Friday 27 September at 8.00pm