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EastEnders' Cathy: Lola splits up Julie and Billy

EastEnders' Cathy: Lola splits up Julie and Billy
EastEnders' Cathy: Lola splits up Julie and Billy (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders' Cathy Murphy has revealed granddaughter Lola is set to split Julie Perkins and Billy Mitchell up. Cathy will be leaving Albert Square after eight months of playing feisty stall worker Julie Perkins, and the arrival of Lola Pearce, played by Danielle Harold, is set to be the catalyst. The actress told Inside Soap: "Billy sees Lola as a new start - but Julie's loss in all of this is much stronger, and he just can't understand that. "Billy and Julie love each other very much, but Lola does, and will, come between them. "She's going to do her best to split them up, so there will come a point when Billy really does have to make a choice..." Julie and Billy were brought up in care together and had a son who was put up for adoption. After searching for their long-lost son, Dan Pearce, they were devastated to learn he had died. But Dan had a daughter, and their search brings tearaway teen Lola into their lives. Click here to watch whatsontv.co.uk's weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.