‘Felt like I had to mourn her’: Former EastEnders star Jessica Plummer said hearing that her character, Chantelle, was being killed was like hearing a friend was “ terminally ill ”
Jessica Plummer has revealed that she felt like a friend of her was ‘terminally ill’ when she was told that her EastEnders character was going to be killed.
The actress, 28, said she went through a period of mourning for her character Chantelle Atkins, who died at the hands of her domestic abuser husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) in September, but admits it was ‘was a’ really strange ‘feeling. .
Speaking on Netmums ‘Sweat, Snot and Tears podcast Tuesday, she said:’ It was kind of like I just got the news that a friend was terminally ill or something.
‘Felt like I had to mourn her’: EastEnders star Jessica Plummer said on Tuesday hearing that her character Chantelle was going to be killed was like hearing a friend was ‘terminally ill’
“It’s my character, I should know more than anyone that it’s not real.” I felt like suddenly I had to cry my character, say goodbye to my character.
“ I would get dressed in the mornings in the months leading up to and would do things like put Chantelle’s wedding ring on and think oh my gosh this is the last time she’s going to wear it. It was strange. ‘
Jessica learned of her character’s journey on Christmas 2019 and believed that the UK’s lockdown amid the Covid-19 crisis could have meant the script would have been extended, but realized it was better than the The plot unfolds as it did.
Dramatic: Chantelle Atkins died at the hands of husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith, pictured) in September
Candide: After hearing the news on Christmas 2019, she said: ‘I felt like I just got the news that a friend had become terminally ill or something like that’
Jessica – who went on to appear in ‘I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!’ late last year – admitted she thought her departure from Walford was worth it if a woman escaped an abusive relationship in real life.
She added: ‘I was sad to leave EastEnders but if that means a woman is escaping her domestic violence relationship it was worth it. ”
Jessica recently admitted that she would return to the BBC One soap opera, despite Chantelle’s death.
She said, “I love ‘EastEnders’ and if they called tomorrow and said, ‘Come back’ I wouldn’t be able to say no.
Helping others: Jessica admitted she thought her departure from Walford was worth it if a woman escaped an abusive relationship in real life
Additionally, shortly after leaving Albert Square, the star admitted that she was “ in the process of leaving the show. ”
She wrote on Instagram: ‘Now that the dust has settled a little I would just like to say … On a personal note, I am completely leaving the show.
“ I miss even those bits that I thought I hated (that dodgy outhouse near the police station with 20 million spiders)
“It was all a dream come true. Without speaking to myself, I owe so many people my thanks for believing in me throughout my journey. (sic) ‘
Thoughts: Jessica recently admitted she would return to the BBC One soap opera, despite Chantelle’s death as she ‘couldn’t refuse’ if offered the role