Jo Joyner hoping to be honest with cancer storyline
'EastEnders' actress Jo Joyner says she portray her character Tanya Branning's cervical cancer storyline as ''honest'' and ''true to life'' as she possibly can
'EastEnders' star Jo Joyner says she will make her character's cancer storyline "as true to life" as possible.
The actress - who plays cervical cancer victim Tanya Branning in the BBC One soap - considers it a "privilege" to be asked to star in such serious scenes and she is determined to make it look as realistic as possible onscreen.
She said: "It's a privilege to be given any sort of serious storyline and a real responsibility. I'm going to make it as honest and true to life as I possibly can.
"I will grab every chance I can to show Tanya dropping her guard."
Tanya has been keeping her cancer a secret but after being told by a specialist that she will need radiotherapy and chemotherapy because the disease has spread, she will inform her daughter Lauren (Jaqueline Jossa) about her condition.
Jo explains Tanya opted to confide in Lauren instead of her mum Cora (Ann Mitchell) because she still has bad memories of when her father died from cancer.
Jo added in an interview with Soaplife magazine: "Tanya remembers her mum looking at her dad with pity and she'd hate that happening to her.
"Tanya's dad died of cancer and she nursed him through it. She's seen it first hand and therefore has a deep-seated fear of it."