EastEnders: Jacqueline Jossa on Lauren’s “shocking” upcoming storyline

The actress reveals that the troubled character is on a downward spiral

EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa has revealed that the future is looking bleak for troubled Lauren Branning.

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Next week, Lauren will punch love rival Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) and smash the cafe’s window before being arrested on assault and criminal damage charges. But it seems that this is just the beginning of her troubles.

“Lauren hasn’t got much of a chance,” said Jossa. “Her life has to get much worse before it gets better – and it does get worse, it really does!”

Back in January, executive producer Lorraine Newman explained that Lauren’s binge drinking would become a major storyline on the BBC1 soap: “It’s a huge story, something that’s affecting so many teens and the impact that it’s having on the parents and the siblings is huge. It’s something we’ll be going into major detail with.”

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Now, in an interview with Inside Soap, star Jacqueline Jossa has given more details of what viewers can expect: “The storyline coming up is pretty shocking. I very much hope it hits home for viewers watching. The only person who can help Lauren is herself. For a while, there was a chance Joey might have been able to, but he gave up. So until Lauren realises she’s got serious problems, she’s not going to get better.”