The next installment of the soap will see Diane’s character Denise Fox come face-to-face with Cora Cross, played by Ann, when she visits a food bank.
Sadly, Denise will flee in embarrassment, but actress Diane has shared her delight at getting to work with Ann again.
Speaking to HuffPost UK, she explained that they were “very isolated” while filming the scenes together, adding: “I love Ann Mitchell. I remember her from when I was a kid and she was in ‘Widows’.
“My eye is always drawn to strong women, like Lindsey Coulson [who played Carol Jackson] when I first started watching ‘EastEnders’, she was somebody I looked up to.
“She bristles off the screen and that’s what Ann does. They couldn’t give a monkeys what anyone thinks about them, they’re just telling the truth.
“Ann is a lovely and just the real deal. She’s a forensic actress, who always knows what’s going on.
“She’s about real theatre and work and craft, and it’s such a liberating thing [to work with her]. She doesn’t want to pretend, she wants to be.”
The food bank scenes will come following a few tough weeks for Denise, during which time she’s been forced to sell her jewellery, as her financial problems have worsened.
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