Recently, we saw Carol hospitalised after collapsing – do you think she’s pushing herself too much?
Probably – it’s just because she wants to work and be in control. The impact of the chemo has taken her by surprise. I think it does with anybody who’s at that point.
Did you ever think the day would come when Carol would be marrying David?
No, not really. But as David’s got older he’s realised that what he wants is not just some dolly bird. He wants someone who knows and understands him.
Can you give us a tease as to what’s to come for the wedding?
Well, it’s an EastEnders wedding, so there’s bound to be drama. The filming was bizarre because I looked so different. I had a different wig and, for the first time in a long time, I had makeup on. I felt like a different character, so that was slightly unsettling as an actor.
Did you have any input into Carol’s dress?
Yes, I did. We decided that she would have the fairy-tale dress without it being too silly. But actually, she didn’t know she was going to be well, she didn’t know she was going to survive this cancer, so she felt that she went for something more traditional than she might well have done. She’s gone for quite a traditional look really and that’s quite poignant in itself.
What’s it like having Natalie Cassidy back on the show?
It’s fantastic. I absolutely love working with Natalie. She is a true professional - we have such a lovely bond. I’ve known her since she was ten. I’m really grateful to be spending more time with her.
How does it feel to be up for Best Actress at the British Soap Awards?
It’s lovely. It’s a real compliment and I’m glad people have enjoyed what I’ve been trying to do with this particular story. It’s really nice to be acknowledged. But the whole cast are doing such wonderful work at such speed, you want all of them to be up. I don’t think you can single one person out, to be honest. But it’s rather lovely and thank you to everyone that’s voted and is still voting.
And how has it been playing Carol’s storyline?
It’s been hard for my family to watch because even though it’s Carol, it’s also stil lsort of me. It’s quite incredible being bald, it’s fairly freeing as an actress. And looking like a different actress with wigs. I’m just really pleased that the story and the script and everybody involved with it have all collaborated really well. That’s been a real joy.
It’s important to try and make the story truthful and to show how Carol gets on with her life. So it’s been a pleasure, but a strange pleasure. Hopefully, some people have identified with it.