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EastEnders' Diane Parish: 'I hated lying'

EastEnders' Diane Parish: 'I hated lying'
EastEnders' Diane Parish: 'I hated lying' (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders star Diane Parish has admitted it was 'horrible' having to lie to friends and family about her storyline twist. Viewers have discovered that her character Denise Johnson is not dead, as they had been led to believe, but is being kept locked in a basement by her deranged husband Lucas (Don Gilet). In an interview with TV Times, the actress said: "I said 'Yeah, yeah, I've gone' because I had to. It was contractual. I've had to lie to friends and family and it's been really horrible." She went on: "But it's been worse for my mum - she doesn't like to tell porkies. In fact, I'm drafting an email to everyone she knows, saying, 'My mother is not a liar!'" Diane has had to live like a hermit for the past few weeks to avoid awkward questions. "I couldn't avoid the school gates, but I kept my head down and stopped going out. It was easier than dodging questions." CLICK here for the full interview with Diane Parish. (opens in new tab) Click here to watch whatsontv.co.uk's weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop (opens in new tab)

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.