I won’t be a brave cancer patient – EastEnders’ star
EASTENDERS’ Jo Joyner has revealed she won't be playing Tanya Jessop as a "brave" patient battling cancer.
Tanya has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and is keeping her treatment a secret from her family, and both Jo and the EastEnders writers have spoken to real-life sufferers to make sure the story is handled properly.
She revealed to Inside Soap magazine: "I said to this one lady, 'What would you not want to see us doing on the show?' She said, 'I'd hate to see Tanya being too brave - there's nothing brave about this'."
She added: "That was such a profound thing to hear, so I just had to pass that on to the writers on the show."