She may be one of the most popular stars of the hit soap but Eastenders star Jacqueline Jossa has revealed that she had a tough time after taking on the role of Lauren Branning.
The actress joined the BBC soap in 2010 and took over the character from Madeline Duggan (below), who was dropped from the cast by executive producer Bryan Kirkwood.
Speaking in a new series of Back To Ours, Jossa admitted that viewers were opposed to her introduction to the show and weren’t shy about expressing their feelings.
“Everyone hated me for the first six months. They were like, ‘Who is that fat, chubby Lauren? She is really rubbish.’ I remember sitting on a train once and these people were talking about EastEnders and the new Lauren,” she said.
“Then they all really started bitching about me, saying she was so bad and to get her off because the old one was so much better.”
The 22-year-old took maternity leave from the show following the birth of her first child, daughter Ella, with fiancé Dan Osborne but recently returned to our screens as part of the Lucy Beale murder plot.
The former TOWIE star popped the question in June, while on holiday in Greece for the wedding of Jacqueline’s sister.
The couple are reportedly hoping to tie the knot in September 2016, with Jossa telling OK! Magazine that she’s “can’t wait” to become a married woman.
“I can’t wait to be Dan’s wife and to have the same surname as him,” she said.
The loved-up pair recently headed to Las Vegas to celebrate their engagement but revealed that they were warned not to have a quickie wedding while on their hols!
“It was more romantic than I thought it would be. I was thinking we could get married here. We had that conversation but before we flew out, Dan’s mum said “Don’t get married without us!”‘
“It was amazing to have time on our own, but we really missed Ella and Teddy [Osborne’s son from a previous relationship]. It was my first time away from Ella for that long.”