Since she began working as a surgery receptionist in 2011, Mrs Tembe (opens in new tab) has been keeping a close eye on proceedings at The Mill Health Centre in (opens in new tab)Doctors. And she loves to prescribe her own advice, whether it's wanted or not!
"Mrs Tembe is like Marmite," says Lorna Laidlaw, who plays her. "You either love her or can't stand the sight of the woman! But she's quite complicated. She's a Christian and is quite forthright. But the storyline where she had a romance with the vicar softened her edges and people quite enjoyed seeing a more vulnerable side to her. She's an interesting character to play." "]
We caught up with Lorna as she filmed an episode of Doctors on location in Birmingham to find out if Mrs Tembe and surgery co-worker, Heston, will ever be more than just good friends?
Lorna also reveals which Hollywood star she's insisting the Doctors producers hire as Mrs Tembe's new love interest!
Doctors is curently off air because of the Wimbledon coverage, but returns to BBC1 in mid July.
Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.
Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?
Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!
Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.
He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.
Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)
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