EastEnders star Danielle Harold on Ben development in Lola story

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EastEnders star reveals Ben twist in Lola storyBBC

EastEnders spoilers follow.

EastEnders star Danielle Harold has explained how her character Lola Pearce will be given new hope in upcoming scenes.

Lola was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this month, and was later told that her illness is terminal.

Despite her devastating prognosis, Ben Mitchell – who is the father of Lola's young daughter Lexi – has been researching alternative treatment options online.

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Ben will have a breakthrough in future episodes, when he learns about an innovative treatment in America, and becomes determined to make this a reality for Lola.

Danielle said: "Ben finds out some information about a treatment abroad, so it’s a bit of a crazy mix of emotions as to what this means, and what will happen.

"Ben has done some research and found out about a possible treatment in America that might save her life.

"Lola is very much of the mindset that ‘I can beat this, and it can be cured’. This is the only positive news that she’s hearing and she’s warmed that Ben is willing to pay for it, too."

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Reflecting on Ben's recent reunion with Callum, Danielle added: "Lola is happy that Ben and Callum are back together as that was her plan all along. Having Ben move back in is just what she needs right now – to have her family all around her."

Lola has another challenge to overcome first, as she's forced to tell Lexi the truth about her illness next week.

Although Lola has been wanting to protect the youngster from unnecessary worry or upset, the decision will be taken out of her hands when Lexi stumbles across a letter from the hospital.

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"At first, Lola doesn’t want to tell her at all, and wants to protect her from all of this," Danielle explained.

"But as the story goes along, that becomes more and more difficult. Lexi finds an NHS letter about Lola’s brain tumour and discovers she’s been lied to, again, which doesn’t go down too well.

"Filming that scene is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to do – it was hard to work with Isabella on it when she is so little, and this brain tumour information is all new to her. To even imagine that in real life was one of the harder scenes to film. In that scene Lola really has to try and hold it together, and as did I physically performing it, too."

EastEnders airs on Mondays-Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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Organisations including Brain Tumour Research, Macmillan Cancer Support and Stand Up to Cancer can provide help and support to those living with brain cancer and their loved ones.

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