Nicola Stapleton enjoys bitchy alter-ego

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 September 2011
Nicola Stapleton

Nicola Stapleton

'EastEnders' star Nicola Stapleton enjoys acting like a ''total bitch'' as her feisty alter-ego Mandy Slater

'EastEnders' star Nicola Stapleton enjoys acting like a "total bitch" as her alter-ego.

The 37-year-old actress - who has recently reprised her role as Mandy Slater in the BBC One soap after appearing as the character between 1992 and 1994 - admitted she likes to let her hair down when she plays the stripper.

She said: "She does come in with a bit of a bang. I'm nothing like her, so it's great to take my halo off for a bit and pretend to be a total bitch. I had full flesh on display on my first day back because Mandy's now a stripper.

"It's a good job I'm not body conscious, let me tell you! The wardrobe girls were rubbing their hands together with glee going, 'It's brilliant. She'll wear anything! Finally we haven't got an actress going, 'Oh no! That will make my legs look fat!' I just don't give a s**t."

Nicola explained she "always" expected to return to 'EastEnders', but has previously turned down a comeback on the programme.

She added to Now magazine: "It was a very impulsive thing. The producers contacted me and I loved the ideas they had for Mandy. They'd asked me before, but the timing was never right.

"I always thought I'd come back one day - I just didn't think it would take me 17 years!"

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