In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, ZOE LUCKER, who played Tanya Turner in Footballers’ Wives, discussed one of her character’s stories that surprised her.
While reading the screenplay for the smash ITV drama, EastEnders actress Zoe Lucker, 47, described the moment she was left seriously questioning her Footballers’ Wives character Tanya Turner. The show’s absurd stories, which followed the fictional Premier League club Earls Park, its players, and their wives, were a hit with fans.
Between 2002 and 2006, the show aired.
Tanya, who was married to Earls Park’s captain, Jason Turner, was frequently at the center of the show’s most controversial scenes (played by Cristian Solimeno).
While dealing with Jason’s infidelities, the Wag was frequently seen planning her way to the top of the pecking order.
Tanya had sex with wicked football boss Frank Laslett (John Forgeham) in one unforgettable moment, which led to his death by provoking a heart attack, which was also triggered by a combination of Viagra, booze, and cocaine beforehand.
Conrad (Ben Price) fathered children with his wife Amber (Laila Rouass) and girlfriend Tanya at the same time in another narrative, which Zoe now considers the most startling of them.
Tanya exchanged her child for Amber’s after becoming unsure of her baby’s true parentage, applying artificial tan to the infant to match her love rival’s darker skin.
“I mean, I think, in terms of shock, I suppose, where she killed Frank, it was quite a startling moment,” Zoe revealed in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk while addressing the series’ return to television screens via BritBox.
“And I think, you know, the other thing was putting fake tan on a baby and baby swapping.”
Zoe went on to say that now that she is a mother, she finds the plot even more concerning.
The actress is the mother of Lilly, her adolescent daughter, whom she shares with her husband, Jim Herbert.
“Obviously, especially now that I’m a mother, I believe putting artificial tan on a kid and swapping it for someone else’s baby for their personal advantage is just so outrageous,” she stated.
“But within the confinement of that world, that was exactly what Tanya needed to do for her, so she just did it.
“And I think that’s why, you get the script and you think, ‘Oh my gosh, who would do that?’
“But then the character would definitely do it, because, you know, she would do what she had to do to get on in life, that’s what she always did.
“So, for her, that wasn’t inappropriate, it was just what she needed to do at that particular point in her life.”
Zoe also revealed she doesn’t know whether the series will be “appropriate in this day and age”.
The actress said: “Something we’ve been thinking about is how that will translate now, you know, because back in the day, there was no social media and no streaming.
“So it’ll be interesting to see if it’s still relevant in this day and age, for this generation, and if they’ll love and enjoy it as much as our generation did.”
“Because I think it did come at a very specific time, the whole wives and girlfriends thing, and everyone was really into the football and fascinated by the lives of footballers and their wives.”
“I’m hopeful they’ll take it the way our initial audience took it,” she said, despite her fears about how a new audience may react to the performance.
“We weren’t doing documentaries; we were making television that took place within the confines of Earls Park, the Football Club, and all of those varied people.”
“I think I’m hoping what they’ll do is, they’ll enjoy the characters, and enjoy the storylines.”
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