EastEnders star Letitia Dean has revealed she suffered 'horrible' fat-shaming when she first joined the soap.The Sharon Watts actress, 52, said it
EastEnders star Letitia Dean has revealed she suffered ‘horrible’ fat-shaming when she first joined the soap.
The Sharon Watts actress, 52, said it can be even worse for the younger soap stars today.
Speaking on spin-off show Secrets From The Square, she said: ‘I think it’s probably harder for the youngsters today, it’s a very different time now with social media and all that business.
Honest: EastEnders star Letitia Dean has revealed she suffered ‘horrible’ fat-shaming when she first joined the soap
‘I had quite a lot of horrible things said about me. “She’s too fat, the other actors complain they can’t fit on the same set with her”.’
Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale and appeared alongside her on Secrets from the Square, said: ‘It was just vile, and it wouldn’t be accepted now.’
Letitia also revealed that she lied to get on to Albert Square in 1985.
‘Horrible’: The star said she was the subject of nasty comments but said young actors have it even worse today with social media
Producers only wanted to cast real Cockneys but the actress was actually from Hertfordshire.
She had grown up in a cosy cottage on the estate of romantic novelist Barbara Cartland and knew she wouldn’t have a chance at getting on the show if she told the truth.
Letitia revealed: ‘We had to be born within the sound of Bow bells and I told a porky.
‘I said my parents had to go and work away, and I was staying with somebody in “the sound of Bow bells”, I do remember getting the job and getting the call. I remember that quite clearly. It was just so exciting.’
Adam and Letitia also discussed how they were sent home after laughing too much while recording the show.
Opening up: Letitia and Adam Woodyatt have revealed that they were sent home after laughing too much while recording the show
While speaking to Stacey Dooley, they discussed the telling off they received at the age of 17 in 1985.
Adam said: ‘A combination of Tish, Sue (Tully, who played Michelle Fowler), me and Paul Medford (who played Kelvin Carpenter), we got sent home one Friday afternoon, and got told to come back the following day, because we just got the giggles.
‘We got properly, properly told off and sent home.’
Letitia, who joined the soap in the same year said: ‘It was very strict. We weren’t allowed to have any egos as kids.’
Candid: Adam, who plays Ian Beale, 52, and Letitia, pictured in 1985, spoke candidly about their 35 years on the soap
The show, one of the UK’s favourites, is currently off the air and won’t start recording new episodes until the end of this month.
Episodes of the iconic BBC One soap opera that were filmed before the coronavirus pandemic ran out two weeks ago.
And new instalments, which will be filmed in accordance with social-distancing guidelines, will be roughly 10 minutes shorter than usual.
Giggles: While speaking to Stacey Dooley on EastEnders: Secrets From the Square, they discussed the telling off they received at the age of 17
Sent home: Adam, who has played Ian Beale since the show began in 1985, said: ‘We got properly, properly told off and sent home’
Until now, only two pre-filmed EastEnders episodes have aired a week to make them last as long as possible.
EastEnders executive producer Jon Sen said: ‘Resuming production is incredibly exciting and challenging in equal measure.
‘Since we postponed filming we’ve been working non-stop trialling techniques, filming methods and new ways of working so that we can return to screens four times a week – as EastEnders should be.
‘Filming will inevitably be a more complex process now so creating 20-minute episodes will enable us to ensure that when we return, EastEnders will still be the show the audience know and love.’
Until the new episodes air, the show will plug the gap with classic EastEnders episodes Stacey’s spin-off show.