EastEnders fans warned they may be 'appalled' by Natalie Cassidy's role on BBC comedy 'Mandy'

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Natalie Cassidy attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Natalie Cassidy attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Fans of stalwart EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy are in for a surprise when they see her in new comedy series Mandy, according to the show’s creator and star Diane Morgan.

Perhaps best known as Albert Square’s Sonia, a role she has held off and on since 1993, Morgan warns some fans of Cassidy’s work might be “appalled” by her latest role as a foul-mouthed gangster.

Cunk On Britain star Morgan thought Cassidy would be perfect for the role after the pair exchanged messages on social media.

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Speaking to The Guardian, Morgan said:"(Natalie) messaged me on Twitter one day and we started chatting.

"Then I wrote this part and thought: 'Who can I get to play this cockney gangster lady? Aha, Cassidy!'

"Everyone knows her as softy Sonia with her trumpet. I thought I'd wrestle that trumpet off her and get her a bloody Oscar.

“I'm not sure how people will feel about her effing and jeffing. They'll either be appalled or think it's fantastic."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/04/28: Diane Morgan at the British Academy (BAFTA) Television Craft Awards at The Brewery, Chiswell Street. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Diane Morgan at the British Academy (BAFTA) Television Craft Awards at The Brewery, Chiswell Street. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Morgan revealed her character Mandy is based on someone she knows.

The 44-year-old said: “She’s based on a real person. I can’t say who she is but I met her and thought, if I ever get the chance, I’d love to play you. I just started impersonating her around the house.”

Also appearing in the series are Maxine Peake, David Bradley and stand-up comedian Sean Lock.

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Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder will also make an appearance.

The series is based on a BBC short of the same name from last year. Each episode of the series last just 15 minutes.

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Tweeting about the comedy on Twitter, Morgan said: “I did this thing called Mandy. It starts tonight. It’s pretty weird but the eps are only 15 minutes so it’s very low commitment. 9:30pm’”

Mandy started on BBC Two earlier this month and continues on Thursday from 9.30pm.

The episode featuring Cassidy is available to view on the BBC iPlayer now.

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