Hollyoaks star Glynis Barber praises EastEnders return story

Hollyoaks star Glynis Barber, who starred as Glenda Mitchell in EastEnders, has praised the story which saw her on-screen daughter Roxy Mitchell return from the dead.

Fans of the soap will remember that Rita Simons reprised her role as Roxy Mitchell back in April for an emotional cameo where she featured as a figment of her daughter Amy Mitchell's imagination during a therapy session.

Praising the return of Simons' character, Barber said that she stays in touch with Simons and knew that she would be making a return to the soap as Roxy.

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"I had to watch that," said Barber. "I'm in touch with Rita Simons, who played her, and she told me about it so I tuned in especially. It was a lovely touching scene, she did a great job," Barber told Inside Soap.

Speaking of what she thinks her character Glenda, who last appeared in EastEnders back in 2017, would be doing now, Barber had a few ideas.

"She might have an old rich husband, be living in the Costa del Sol, or she could be dead! I'd like to think she's having fun somewhere, though knowing Glenda, she'd manage to screw it up somehow.

Recalling last year's special flashback episode of EastEnders set in 1979, which saw Jaime Winstone take on the iconic role of matriarch Peggy Mitchell, Barber said it was "interesting" to see the beginnings of her character's storyline.

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"It was interesting to see the young Glenda in that brilliant flashback episode of EastEnders last year – you could see the beginnings of everything."

On playing Norma Crow in Hollyoaks, Barber added: "I love being a gangster – as an actor, it's interesting to justify the things she does. Having everyone be terrified of her was the best feeling. I don't know what that says about me, but I really enjoyed it."

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

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