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EastEnders casts Bad Girls star Simone Lahbib for dramatic storyline for Carter family

Simone's character hasn't been revealed just yet

EastEnders has cast Bad Girl star Simone Lahbib to play a new character who will be part of a dramatic storyline for the Carter family.

The BBC soap released the news on their Twitter press page, sharing a photo of Simone on Albert Square.

Alongside the picture, the tweet read: “Simone Lahbib joins the EastEnders cast, set to arrive this autumn.

“Bosses are keeping her character under wraps for now but she will have links to Mick Carter and form part of an important new storyline.”

What did Simone Lahbib say about joining EastEnders?

Speaking about joining EastEnders, Simone said: “I’m thrilled to be joining EastEnders.

“I can’t say too much about who I am playing just yet, but it’s fair to say that she is set to have a lasting impact on the Carters and will test their strength as a family.

Simone Lahbib character has a link to Mick in EastEnders… But what is it? (Credit: BBC)

“It’s also been lovely to be reunited with Linda, Luisa and Kellie – it’s been a bit of a Bad Girls reunion.”

Speaking about Simone’s casting, Executive Producer Jon Sen said EastEnders’ “delighted to welcome Simone to Walford”.

He added: “Her character’s links to the Carter family will form part of an important new storyline for Mick in particular.

Simone will reunite with Linda, who plays Shirley Carter in EastEnders (Credit: BBC)

“It’s a story that we look forward to sharing with the audience – with its impact on the Carters set to be everlasting.”

EastEnders – Bad Girls reunion

Linda Henry, Luisa Bradshaw-White and Kellie Bright all had roles in Bad Girls alongside Simone. Simone played Helen Stewart in the show.

The show also starred Emmerdale actress Claire King, who plays Kim Tate.

Linda worked with Simone in Bad Girls (Credit: YouTube/BadGirls/ITV)

It’s unknown if Simone’s character will clash with Linda’s alter-ego Shirley.

But the pair were no strangers to on-screen clashes as their Bad Girls characters Helen and no-nonsense hitman-hiring Yvonne.

In the classic series, Luisa’s character Lorna was one of the Larkhall prison guards, on Helen’s side of the law.

Whereas Kellie’s alter-ego Cassie was an inmate.

However, she eventually became pardoned after saving prison governor Neil Grayling from a fire at the jail.


EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One.

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