EastEnders: Phil and Lisa are reunited! “It’s explosive,” says Lucy Benjamin

The actress reveals all about what happens when the pair come face to face once again


Lisa Fowler will get a less-than-welcoming reception from the Mitchell family on tonight’s EastEnders as she tries to support her injured daughter Louise. But there’s added tension for Lisa when Phil arrives at the hospital – what will happen when the former flames come face to face? And will Phil allow Lisa to be in Louise’s life? Here’s Lucy Benjamin with her take on a dramatic upcoming week in Walford:


So, what reception is LIsa going to get from everyone?
Not great! They think Lisa’s been a bad mum because she’s not been there for Louise. But I also think Lisa hasn’t been informed about what’s been going on. She thinks Phil is looking after her and if things were going terribly wrong she’d know about it. Hence the minute things have gone terribly wrong, Lisa was informed.

They all think Lisa should have been around, but for her own personal reasons, and the way it was left was Louise, Lisa thinks it’s in Louise’s best interest to have stayed away. But I don’t think Sharon will be particularly keen to see her. You’ve got Phil’s side of the family who want her to stay away, as does Phil. In Phil’s eyes, he’s got his daughter back and Lisa staying away is the best thing. So no one is going to be that pleased to see her.

What can viewers expect when Lisa and Phil come face to face?
There’s always going to be drama when Lisa is anywhere near Phil. There’s going to be fireworks. Phil isn’t Lisa’s favourite person in the world to be around. I think he’s a trigger for lots of things going wrong for Lisa. He’s not the sort of person that she needs to be around. But in true Lisa and Phil fashion, it will be quite explosive.

There’s a lot of history between Lisa and Phil – do you think she’s still scared of him?
She’s dealt with who he is as a man, she knows him. But there’s always a worry that Phil triggers episodes of things going wrong for her. He’s someone she shouldn’t be around on any level. So she’s wary of being back near him and what he’s capable of doing. She knows the type of man that he is. I think she’s very wary and that’s probably put her off from coming back until now. But now she knows she has to deal with it.

Do you think Phil is to blame for how Lisa has behaved these past few years?
I think he is. I don’t think she’s ever really truly dealt with him initially taking her child away from her. That’s caused all of the problems going on in her life. The fact he got her into a state where she handed that child over. She did it, not freely, but she allowed herself to hand Louise as a baby over to Phil. She blames him for that and has never really dealt with it. It’s very much why Lisa is the way she is today.

Could they ever put the past behind them?
Never say never. I think adults should be able to sit in a room and talk about what it is that’s so wrong between them, so they put that child first. I don’t think Phil and Lisa can ever be the best of friends or see eye-to-eye, but for the sake of their child, they should be grown-ups.

What about Lisa and Sharon – are there going to be fireworks?
There was history with Lisa and Sharon. There’s always been fireworks there. Lisa realises Sharon is the woman in Phil’s life and is the right woman for Phil. Sharon is such a lovely human being and such a great character. Lisa will realise she needs to get in with Sharon as an ally. That will probably help her get in with Louise.

Of course, Sharon’s no fool and will stand her ground and will tell Lisa in no uncertain terms what she thinks of her. But Sharon is able to move on from that a lot more easily than Phil. She can have her say and have her piece and let people know how she feels. She’s a grown-up though, she’s lived. She’s made her own mistakes and is happy to move forward.

And how is Louise going to react to seeing her mum?
Lisa feels very guilty about having left Louise and not being involved in her life. Fundamentally, Lisa’s driving force is her unconditional love for her child. She knows she’s got some hard times ahead with Louise, explaining why she hasn’t been there. I think she just hopes her daughter will need her and see she’s better off having her mum in her life.

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