Carmel gets a surprise 50th in EastEnders, but there's another shock in store, says Bonnie Langford

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Carmel has an unhappy 50th birthday in EastEnders when she thinks she’s losing Masood to Denise! Bonnie Langford tells Soaplife the whole story…

So, how does Carmel feel about the big 5-0?

“She’s sort of all right about it. It’s empowered her to become this independent woman and she’d quite like to be noticed for that. There’s part of her that thinks turning 50 is a milestone, but so much of her life has changed recently. There’s an element of mixed emotions…”

And one of those emotions is anger when she sees Masood making a move on Denise at her party, right?

“She’s not happy about it, so she just gets drunk. I love the relationship Carmel has with Denise [Diane Parish]. She doesn't necessarily want to be with Masood [Nitin Ganatra] any more, but she sort of does. She likes her freedom and yet she wants to be cared for.”

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What does she do?

“She gets drunk and leaves the party. She goes home and she pretends to ignore a lot of it. She chooses to not notice. She doesn’t want to go there.”

What sort of man is she looking for?

“She wants to widen her horizons from Masood. She wants to meet someone who can sweep her off her feet, literally, and so she joined the salsa class… not realising Kim [Tameka Empson] was the teacher."

Can you give us a few hints on what you’ve been filming recently?

"Carmel is very busy. She’s really immersed herself in the community of Albert Square and she’s getting more involved with the stall. She’s busy in her own world just trying to keep her boys happy, Kush [Davood Ghadami] and Shaki [Shaheen Jafargholi]. At the moment, it’s all about her finding her place in Walford and just chilling out in the summer, then becoming quite involved in the market.”

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