Danielle Harold to take on emotional Lola Pearce brain tumour storyline

Danielle Harold is set to take on an emotional storyline which sees her character - Lola Pearce - diagnosed with a brain tumour in scenes airing this autumn



EastEnders is working alongside Brain Tumour Research and Macmillan Cancer Support on a storyline which sees Lola Pearce diagnosed with a brain tumour. The storyline will begin this autumn as viewers watch Lola and her loved ones deal with her diagnosis.

The storyline will follow the experience of Lola, and those around her, as she faces her new reality of being a young person living with a brain tumour.

EastEnders has worked closely with leading charities on this storyline to ensure it is portrayed as realistically and as sensitively as possible.

Sue Castle-Smith, Head of PR and Communications for the charity Brain Tumour Research, says: “We are extremely grateful to EastEnders for helping to raise awareness of brain tumours. Sadly, Lola’s story is all too familiar to thousands of families. Brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.”

Macmillan Cancer Support's Strategic Advisor for Treatment, Dany Bell, says: “Storylines like Lola’s play a crucial role in raising awareness and can genuinely save viewers’ lives, so we are really pleased to be helping EastEnders ensure a realistic experience is being portrayed on the show. The moving storyline will show how suddenly a diagnosis can impact every aspect of a person’s life and how challenging it can truly be. We know that what Lola and her fictional family are going through on EastEnders is a daily reality for many people around the UK right now, and Macmillan is here to offer advice and support to anyone who needs it. Anyone watching with concerns about any potential signs or symptoms of cancer must also speak to their GP as soon as possible.”

On taking on the storyline, Danielle Harold, says: “It means so much to be trusted with a storyline like this – one that’s close to many people’s hearts. Sadly many of our viewers will be able to relate to Lola’s story, and it’s been heart-breaking to speak to the families affected by brain tumours and hear their stories. They’ve been so amazing in sharing their experiences with me, and I’m so lucky to have them. I wouldn’t be able to do this storyline without their support.”

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, says: “It was vital for us to work alongside Macmillan and Brain Tumour Research to take on, and accurately present, such a profound and emotional storyline for Lola, one that many viewers may relate to. Danielle [Harold] has thoughtfully relayed the realities of being diagnosed with a brain tumour with grace and understanding. We hope that this storyline resonates with the audience, and that we represent it as sensitively, and accurately as possible.”

Source BBC One

October 6, 2022 4:00am ET by BBC One  


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