EastEnders fans were delighted to learn that singer Mica Paris will be joining the BBC One soap as mysterious Ellie Nixon.
Little was known about the character at the time — other than the fact that her story will involve Denise Fox (Diane Parish) — but actress Mica has teased what viewers can expect when Ellie arrives in Albert Square.
Speaking on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Mica said: ‘My gosh. I don’t know if you’d heard rumours about me as a person, but everyone would tell you I’m a joker.
‘This character not that. She is hardcore!
‘There is a moment when I was filming — and I never watch myself on the telly — I walked past the monitor while I was no set filming, and I caught myself on the monitor. I was absolutely terrified!
‘I ran out of the studio! The director was like “Oh my gosh, Mica. You are terrifying!”
‘I’m just not that person, I love everybody, and I’m a very optimistic kind of character, but this woman is hardcore!’
When discussing the soap’s legendary villains, Mica said: ‘She’s [Ellie] up there!’
‘It’s the first time I’ve ever played a villain.
‘She is formidable.’
Executive Producer Jon Sen confirmed that Mica’s arrival will be tied to Denise. He told Metro.co.uk: ‘We have got a great story for Denise. The Mica Paris announcement went out last week, and we all know she is coming to the Square, and that’s part of an on-going Denise story.
‘It really pushes Denise to the front of the show. Those Trueman stories are amazing. Mica forms part of that story with Denise.’
EastEnders returns Monday, September 7 at 8:05pm on BBC One.
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