EastEnders star Sydney Craven has spoken out about the show's teen bullying plot, insisting that she doesn't condone her character Alexandra's awful behaviour.
Viewers have seen nasty schoolgirls Alexandra and Madison make Bex Fowler's life a misery over the last few months, subjecting her to a torrent of emotional and physical abuse.
The bullying continued to intensify in last night's episode (April 11) when the two girls smashed up Bex's beloved guitar as part of their latest abusive plan, leaving several upset fans to express their frustration on Twitter.
However, Sydney – who plays ringleader Alexandra – hit back on Twitter as she explained the motive behind the plot, which she hopes will help combat the important issues surrounding bullying.
Replying to one viewer – who had tweeted her about the harrowing storyline – Sydney said: "We do not condone their actions & hope the show helps combat bullying by educating parents/kids alike regarding this subject #StopBullying"
Sydney also reiterated in another tweet that she's good friends with Jasmine Armfield – who plays Bex – in real life.
Thankfully, Bex's ordeal could start to improve next week when her mum Sonia heads into the school after returning to Walford.
Sonia will be determined to put a stop to her daughter's nightmare, but whether Madison and Alexandra have met their match in her remains to be seen.
EastEnders continues on Thursday, April 13 at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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