Tuesday, October 3, 2023

EastEnders’ Danielle Harold had ‘everyone crying’ with improvised Lola Pearce scene


Lola Pearce’s final moments have been dreaded by EastEnders viewers in eagerly awaited scenes from the BBC soap opera.
After a harrowing battle with cancer, Danielle Harold’s character Lola Pearce from the BBC soap opera is expected to leave the show.

On Wednesday, the residents of Walford will gather to say their final goodbyes in the final scenes of the well-known EastEnders character.

Actress Danielle discussed the recent poignant episodes that aired, describing how “everyone was crying” in one particular scene.

In a recent episode, Lola, who was having trouble speaking as her illness took hold, was still able to send a heartfelt message to her grandfather Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick).

Danielle described how the scene had been made up on the spot and had everyone in the vicinity in tears.

In the episode from Tuesday, Lola’s family gathered by her bedside as she grew weaker.

Everyone was instructed to leave immediately and head home to see Lola for what might be the last time, according to her husband Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick).

When Billy was detained following a physical altercation with Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry), Lola had been drifting in and out of consciousness.

Fortunately, Honey Mitchell (Emma Barton) was able to persuade the Panesars not to file charges, allowing Billy to be released before Lola disappears.

After an emotional reunion caused by Billy’s hasty arrival at his granddaughter, Danielle said that “everyone was crying” at the scene.

Billy, who has been Lola’s father since she was a child, told her, “All you really need to know is how much I love you.”

Lola was able to open her eyes and say, “Pops,” as Billy took her hand, before expressing her love for him as well.

After speaking with experts on the show, Danielle explained that the scene had been spontaneously created.

“There will be a few surprise goodbyes, relationships she’s had over the years that the viewers might have forgotten about,” she said.

The actress continued, “We also have a really special moment where Lola finds the strength to send her ‘pops’ Billy one last message.

“I asked the medical advisor if Lola would be able to find that last bit of strength to say those last words, and it did happen. It felt right when we were practicing.

“This is such a special time. Everyone was in tears. You can tell you’re doing it right when everyone on the crew is crying. They’ve all been crying, too.


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