Monday 23 September 2019

'There's always a chance I could return to Albert Square' - Irish Eastenders actress Tara Lee

Actress Tara Lee at The Irish Premiere Screening of Ted 2 at The Savoy Cinema,Dublin.
Actress Tara Lee at The Irish Premiere Screening of Ted 2 at The Savoy Cinema,Dublin.
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Dublin actress Tara Lee believes the EastEnders door may still be open for her after her stint earlier this month as tough cookie Jessica Jones in the soap.

The 23-year-old, who has been based in London for the past two years, said she had been getting great feedback after her short spell on the long-running show.

"There's always a chance," she said about a possible return.

"It was a lot of fun, and we really had a laugh on set.

"People seem to have responded well and I've loved reading all of the tweets."

Tara, who played Emma Kelly in RTE drama Raw and who is also a singer, clearly hit it off with her cast members too, as she said there had been great support from them at a recent gig.

"There was a massive EastEnders turn out at my last gig which was really sweet," she said.

Dublin girl Jessica turned up on Albert Square where it was revealed she was a sex worker. This didn't go down too well with housemate Billy Mitchell, however, and her stay in Walford was short - but not before she had Jay wrapped around her little finger, giving viewers a laugh as he fell head over heels for her.

Tara said she had been very impressed when she read the script for the part, getting to play such a strong, confident young woman.

"I was really impressed with the writers when I read the scene where Jessica acknowledges the difference between a 'brass' and a sex worker. She is completely unapologetic and owns it, ensuring Billy understands that what she does is 100pc consensual and her choice," she said. "I was really passionate about what she stood for, as I think we both share the same disdain for unfair judgment, and that's probably where I see myself in her.

"She will not let anybody shame her, and she's exactly the kind of strong female role I like to play."

Although she got to keep her accent for the role, Tara said she wouldn't have had a problem with adopting a cockney accent if it had been needed. However, sticking with her Dublin roots seems to have gone down well with fans, according to Tara.

"I love trying out different accents and it's a big part of the job. People seem to love the Dublin accent."

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