EastEnders actress Letitia Dean has revealed she lied to producers to get her role as Sharon Watts.
Letitia, who is one of the few remaining members of the cast from when it first aired in 1985, told all in a spin-off show Secrets from the Square.
As the former landlady of the Queen Vic, Letitia was involved in her fair share of the drama that has continued to unravel over the last 35 years.
And if it wasn’t for the lie she told to bag the part, EastEnders would never have been the same reports My London.
Letitia was joined by fellow EastEnders original Adam Woodyatt, known for his role as Ian Beale, as presenter Stacey Dooley asked them to look back on the history of the show.
Stacey asked the cast members to cast their minds back to their auditions as teenagers and explain what it was like for them.
Letitia said: “I don’t really remember the audition that much.
“I know there were quite a few recalls. They were looking far and wide.”
But there was a major problem.
One of the biggest requirements to land a roll in the show was that the producers were looking for real Cockneys – people from East London who have a cockney accent.
Letitia continued: “We had to be born ‘within the sound of Bow bells'” before adding: “I told a porky!”
And Letitia, who was born in Hertfordshire, was a long way off from living in those streets of London.
She added: “I said my parents had to go and work away, and I was staying with somebody in ‘the sound of Bow bells’.
“I do remember getting the job and getting the call. I remember that quite clearly. It was just so exciting.”
In the episode she also opened up about how she dealt with fat-shaming in her younger years working on the set.
She said: “I think it’s probably harder for the youngsters today, it’s a very different time now with social media and all that business.
“I had quite a lot of horrible things said about me. ‘She’s too fat, the other actors complain they can’t fit on the same set with her’.”