Danielle Harold's pooch help on EastEnders

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Lola Pearce and Lexi

Lola Pearce and Lexi

Danielle Harold thinks of her dead dog to help her get into Lola Pearce's frame of mind during her emotional scenes in 'EastEnders'.

Danielle Harold thinks of her dead dog to help her film Lola Pearce's emotional scenes in 'EastEnders'.

The 20-year-old star - who has portrayed the teen mother on the BBC One soap for two years - finds it easier to get into a similar frame of mind to Lola, who is currently at risk of losing custody of her daughter Lexi to the little one's grandfather Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), by thinking of her beloved late pooch.

She said: "I can't even imagine what it would feel like to have your baby taken away.

"It might sound stupid, but the only way I can get there is to think about my dog, who died a while ago. I loved my dog so much, so if I think about that, I can get myself in the frame of mind where I can imagine losing someone I love so much."

After Phil tries to portray Lola as an unfit teen mother in court, she sneaks into his house and snatches Lexi while he is having an argument with Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean) and Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) - and Danielle admits such emotive scenes are "knackering" to act out.

She added to Inside Soap magazine: "I had to have the biggest glass of wine when I went home after Lola takes Lexi.

"It's the crying that really makes you knackered. I loved working on location for the scenes where Lola's on the run, but those night shoots were freezing. I had to keep the baby who plays Lexi warm, but I was holding her so tight she was sweating and wriggling about.

"Thank goodness we had our big coats and hot water bottles."

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