EastEnders’ Lacey Turner wants to ‘do a June Brown’ and stay on soap until she is 90 – like Dot Cotton

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EastEnders star Lacey Turner has revealed she would love to stay on the hit BBC soap until she is 90 years old.

The 32 year old plays Stacey Slater on EastEnders and hopes to be able to work on Albert Square for many years to come, like June Brown who was on the show for 35 years as Dot Cotton.

Lacey, who is expecting her second child with husband Matt Kay, told OK! : “I’d love to stay there until I’m 90! I just love working there and I love my character.

"Plus, I manage to have a good work/life balance as we only live down the road from the studio, so I’m usually home for [daughter] Dusty’s bath and bed."

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EastEnders recently returned to our screens and this week viewers will see Lacey’s character Stacey return to Walford to discover her estranged husband Martin Fowler [James Bye] is in a relationship with her best friend Ruby Allen [Louisa Lytton].

Revealing what’s in store for Stacey, Lacey revealed: “As Martin and Ruby are together, there are a lot of arguments, bitterness and heartache. Stacey is still very much in love with Martin, but he’s now with Ruby.”

Talking about her character, she tells us: “It’s always so much more fun to play a feisty character. I love working with those two as we have good banter. We always have a right laugh, although as soon as they say “action” we’re hating each other!”


The actress was overjoyed to be back on set with her co-stars after lockdown, though the way they film has changed due to Covid-19 restrictions

She says: “ We were back on set filming at the end of June. It’s hard because what we’re doing at work isn’t what’s happening in the real world.

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"We stay two metres away from each other, whereas in real life you’re a metre apart and you have a mask on. It’s still very strange as you want to hug people you haven’t seen for a long time.

"Filming-wise, we’ve got it down to a T now. We film far apart but it looks like we’re closer and looks natural, although it makes everything a bit slower, but that’s fine. It’s better to be safe.

"It was good to be back at work. I love my job and it was nice to see everyone and have adult conversations."

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