EastEnders’ Lorraine Stanley reveals she broke down in tears for real during goodbye scene with Maisie Smith


EASTENDERS actress Lorraine Stanley cried real tears during her goodbye scene with co-star Maisie Smith. 

Lorraine, who plays Karen Taylor in the BBC One soap, revealed it was Maisie’s moving performance that got her all choked up. 

Maisie, who plays Tiffany Butcher-Baker in EastEnders, was praised by her co-star who called her acting “beautiful”. 

In an interview with Inside Soap, Lorraine said: “Sometimes I cry for real in scenes.

“I did one with Maisie recently, and it was when Karen was saying, ‘Look after my boy when I go away’, and she gives Tiff Shaki’s trainers.

“It’s a really emotional scene, and we were genuinely crying actually, as it was very moving.

“I just thought Maisie was brilliant in it, and it takes a sort of actor who can work with you like that and actually make you cry. Beautiful.”

The Sun exclusively revealed over the weekend that EastEnders is considering plans to produce a series of “bitesize” shows – because millennials cannot cope with anything over 20 minutes.

Streaming services including Netflix already offer a range of 15 to 25 minute episodes for programmes targeting teenagers.

Now broadcasters including Channel 4 and the Beeb hope to attract a younger audience by following suit.

The move means some of the BBC’s biggest shows including EastEnders and Planet Earth could be cut to more “manageable” chunks.

And in the wake of Covid-19, shorter episode lengths would help reduce production time and costs.

BBC Three recently had its biggest hit with Normal People, the 12-part series of 30-minute episodes.

A source said: “Viewers are no longer using ad breaks to play with their phones, they’re doing it during shows and losing interest.

“The BBC has conducted internal research to see if they should be offering more manageable, bite-size programming to help attract a younger audience. It’s just one of the ideas being mooted. Of course the Beeb will still focus on longer dramas.”


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